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State Patrol Trooper/Inspector eligibility requirements

Employment eligibility verification

Before an applicant may begin employment as a State Patrol Trooper or Inspector, they must meet recruitment qualifications established by the State of Wisconsin, the Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) and the Division of State Patrol. These recruitment qualifications are as follows:

State of Wisconsin requirements

  • Authorization to work in the United States - Form I-9 is the document used to verify an individual's identity and employment eligibility. Please refer to Form I-9 for a list of documents that are considered acceptable for purposes of verifying employment eligibility.
  • Selective Service - All male applicants between the ages of 18 through 25 must be registered with the Selective Service or they are not eligible to be hired. This requirement is mandated in Wis. Stats. 230.143.

LESB requirements

  • No felony convictions - Applicants shall not have been convicted of any federal felony or of any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
  • Valid driver's license - Applicants shall possess a valid driver's license or other valid operator's permit recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in Wisconsin prior to completion of the preparatory training course.
  • Minimum age requirement - Applicants shall have attained a minimum age of 18 years. There is no maximum age limit.
  • Possession of high school diploma/GED - Applicants shall possess a Wisconsin high school diploma or a diploma issued by an out-of-state high school accredited by an appropriate agency of the state or shall have passed the general education development diploma test or any other test recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as indicating high school diploma level.
  • College credits - Applicants shall possess a two-year associate degree from an accredited college or university; OR have earned at least 60 associate degree level credits or higher. All credits must be obtained prior to commencing employment. Applicants who anticipate 60 college credits by the start of the academy ARE eligible to compete in the recruitment process.

Due to the nature of the job, all college credits are applicable. Having an educationally diverse workforce strengthens the ability of the State Patrol to respond to a variety of work.

The LESB may waive a maximum of 30 college level credits. To request a waiver of college please download the College Credit Waiver Application and submit it to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for review. The Division of State Patrol is unable to answer specific questions regarding your eligibility for a waiver. Please note requests for waivers are only reviewed four times a year. Therefore, applicants seeking waivers should complete the form and submit to DOJ as soon as possible. In order for a waiver to be considered, you must have completed one of the following prior learning assessment methods:

  • ACE military evaluation program - College credit may be granted for military service school courses and skills if the awarding of credit is recommended in the current edition of the American Council on Education (ACE) publication, a Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Refer to the College Credit Waiver Application for additional information.
  • Credit by examination (CLEP) - The most widely recognized credit by examination program is the College-Level Examination Program known as CLEP. CLEP examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. Many CLEP examinations are designed to correspond to one-semester courses; some, however, correspond to full-year or two-year courses. Go to the CLEP Web site for more information on CLEP examinations and for testing locations. Refer to the College Credit Waiver Application for additional information.
  • Credit for prior learning or advanced standing - Offered by many colleges (including technical colleges) and universities, students complete a portfolio documenting their previous work, life and military experiences that are comparable in content and level with specific courses at the college or university. The portfolio is then reviewed by college or university faculty who determine course and credit equivalents. To locate a portfolio development program, consult the registration offices at colleges and universities in your community. Refer to the College Credit Waiver Application for additional information
  • Credit for completion of preparatory training - Preparatory law enforcement, jail and secure detention officer training courses are technical diploma level courses, unless the training is integrated into an associate degree or bachelor's degree program. Refer to the College Credit Waiver Application for additional information.
  • Other prior learning assessment methods - The LESB will consider credit recommendations via other prior learning assessment methods on a case-by-case basis. Examples include: College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) and the American Council on Education Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction. Refer to the College Credit Waiver Application for additional information.
  • Good character - Applicants shall be in good character as determined from a written report containing the results of an applicant fingerprint search and a background investigation conducted by the employer.
  • Physical, emotional or mental conditions - Applicants shall be free from any physical, emotional or mental conditions, which might adversely affect performance of duties as a law enforcement officer. Finalists shall submit to a drug test.

Division of State Patrol requirements

  • No more than a 20 decibel hearing loss (uncorrected) in either ear at 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 hertz.
  • Minimum uncorrected vision of 20/100 in each eye. Vision must be correctable to 20/20. Weak eye corrected vision can be 20/30, with binocular vision of 20/20.

For more information contact the State Patrol Academy at (608) 269-2500 ext. 0, or Cathie Cunningham at (608) 266-3425.

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