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Applicant Process

jobfairphotoWe are accepting online applications for the position of full-time Vermont State Trooper.

You must have submitted an application online and sent in your supporting documents before you can test.  If you have not received a confirmation email, that means you are not on our roster. This could be an indicator that something is incorrect or missing from your submitted packet.

Please allow 15 - 20 days from the time of submittal before inquiring if we have received your documents, to allow time for us to accept the applications from Human Resources and validate your supporting documentation.

PHASE 1 - PT, MMPI tests

Please note - The physical fitness test, and MMPI-3 Psychological Inventory are given on the same day. Applicants must successfully complete each individual task to proceed to the next step.

On day one, if you complete each section, you may be here for 4 to 5 hours. Please plan accordingly by bringing appropriate snacks and drinks.  Please arrive in PT gear. You must bring your photo ID and smartphone (for two factor authentication for MMPI-3 Test).  Be at the Vermont Police Academy no later than 0815 on test day.

Physical Fitness Test

A mandatory physical assessment program is in place that encompasses a 1.5-mile run, a 500-Meter Row on a Concept 2 Rower (with a damper setting of 5), as well as a bench press, sit-up, and push-up assessment. The standards for these assessments are based on the 50th percentile for a candidate based on age and gender. View the requirements.

MMPI-3 Psychological Personality Inventory

This evaluation takes about 60-90 minutes and consists of all true/false questions. Your answers will be reviewed by a psychologist to determine how well you would fit with the requirements and demands of being a Trooper.

PHASE 2 - Hiring Panel Interview

Phase 2 testing is typically scheduled one to four weeks after the successful completion of Phase 1. 

A hiring panel interview is held before two commanders of the Vermont State Police and one civilian personnel from the Department of Public Safety. The panel will score a candidate based on a candidate's reasoning and problem solving, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication skills, presentation and achievements, and decision making ability. Knowledge of the department and the job is important.

This is a job interview.  Dress in business attire and know about the position for which you are applying.

PHASE 3 - Polygraph

Phase 3 testing is typically scheduled one to four weeks after the successful completion of Phase 2 testing.

Polygraph Test - Used to determine a candidate's honesty and suitability to become a Trooper.

PHASE 4 - Background Investigation and Medical Exam

A candidate who successfully completes the above testing will have a background investigation completed by a member of the Vermont State Police. Background investigations include examination of motor vehicle and criminal records, financial records, school records, and past and present work history. Also interviewed are friends, family, spouses/significant others, and co-workers.

Upon successful completion of the background phase, candidates will be scheduled for a medical examination. The medical examination will be conducted at one of two locations in the state of Vermont at the department's medical provider.  The expense will be covered by the department.

PHASE 5 - Meeting with the director, Colonel Birmingham

The director will meet with each prospective applicant and decide if the candidate is suitable for the position of Vermont State Trooper.


Condensed Testing is available for applicants traveling from outside the state of Vermont. For more information on this process please contact

Upcoming Test Dates & Application Deadlines