How To Become A State Trooper

Now accepting Trooper applications for Cadet Class 93 scheduled to start May 24th, 2015

The Kentucky State Police will be offering written tests at the following locations.

More detailed reporting information will be provided with a confirmation email once a completed application has been received in the Recruitment Office.

Fill out page 4 of the application to sign-up for your testing date, time, and location.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 9:00 a.m. EST– Richmond, KY
*Physical Fitness Test will be at 1:00 p.m. for those who pass

Eastern Kentucky University
DOCJT – Funderburk Building
Application Deadline: Monday, January 19th, 2015
*Applicants who fail the written exam will not be offered a re-test!

To download a Kentucky State Police Cadet Application, click here.

Class 93 Calendar of Events

(All dates are tentative and subject to change)

Application Window: November 10th to December 31st, 2014
Written Exam Dates: See Above
PT Tests for Regional Written Exams: January 6th, 8th and 9th, 2015
Oral Interviews: January 26th-30th, 2015
Polygraph/Background Investigations: February 2nd to April 3rd, 2015
Conditional Offers Given: April 9th, 2015
Medical and Psychological Exams: April 13th to May8th, 2015
Academy Start Date: May 24th, 2015

Application Process

Cadet 88 reporting for training

  1. Written Examination
  2. Physical Agility Test
  3. Oral Interview
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Polygraph Examination
  6. Medical and Psychological Evaluations (after an offer of employment.)

Minimum Requirements for KSP Sworn Officers

KSP Trooper Cover KRS 16.040 (2) requires that all persons appointed as officers shall, at the time of their appointment, be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Of good moral character and in good health.
  • Not less than twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possess a valid drivers license against which no more than six (6) driver demerit points have been assessed.  You must submit a copy of a valid drivers license at time of application.
  • At the time of application, possess a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university, or be a high school graduate with at least two (2) years of active military duty or two (2) years experience as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer.

Disqualifications on becoming a KSP Trooper

Applicants shall be disqualified from further participation in the selection process or removed from the register if it is determined that:

  • An applicant does not meet any one (1) of the qualifications for appointment as an officer.
  • An applicant has made a false statement of material fact on the application or in response to any questions or requests for information during the selection process.
  • An applicant has used or attempted to use political influence, coercion or bribery to secure an advantage in any phase of the selection process.
  • An applicant has cheated during the course of any examination required during the selection process, or has attempted to gain an advantage over other applicants by any dishonest or intentionally misleading act or omission.
  • An applicant has failed to comply with any instructions from the department relating to the selection process.
  • An applicant has been dismissed for cause from any public agency, or has resigned while charges of misconduct were pending.
  • An applicant has been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude.
  • An applicant is a current user of a controlled substance, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • An applicant is addicted to any controlled substance or intoxicant.
  • An applicant has more than six (6) driver demerit points against his operator license.
  • An applicant test positive for an unlawful controlled substance as determined by a blood or urine analysis.
  • An applicant has tattoos that can be seen when the applicant wears a Kentucky State Police summer uniform shirt, which the Kentucky State Police will make available for the applicant to try on when the applicant takes the written examination.


Agency policy requires that tattoos or body piercing shall not be visible while in any agency issued uniform.

Cadet Application

To download a Kentucky State Police Cadet Application, click here.

To download a updated study guide for the written exam, click here.

The Kentucky State Police is the leading law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Becoming a sworn officer in the Kentucky State Police is much more than just a job.  And the benefits extend well beyond those of ordinary professions.

As a Kentucky State Police Trooper, you'll be in a position that offers almost immeasurable rewards in the pursuit of service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Kentucky State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.

Click here to go to the Recruitment Home Page