The Oregon State Police hiring process is extensive; the time from application to appointment can exceed seven months. Stages 1 (NTN Testing) and 2 (ORPAT Testing) are interchangeable, meaning the sequence in which the testing occurs does not matter during times OSP is not accepting applications.
During times when OSP is accepting applications, a passing NTN test score is required prior to an application being accepted.
In addition to this, applicants must have a passing ORPAT test score on file OR be scheduled to take the ORPAT prior to the recruitment closing. Applicants are encouraged to sign up for ORPAT testing dates either through NTN or OSP sooner rather than later. Detailed information regarding the ORPAT can be located by clicking the ORPAT link on the recruiting home page.
The hiring process is separated into the following nine stages:
Individual Hiring Stages
I. Passing NTN - Frontline National Law Enforcement Entrance Exam test score.
II. Passing ORPAT score *** Can be done at any time through various scheduling options.
III. Online application - NeoGov
IV. Pre-Psychological Risk Assessment
V. Background Investigation
VI. Command Interview
VII. Conditional Job Offer or Refusal
VIII. Medical Screening and Post Offer Psychological Evaluation
1. National Testing Network (NTN) Pre-Employment Screening
Applicants must complete an NTN online profile and pass the Frontline National law Enforcement exam with a minimum score of:
65+% Video, 70+% Writing, 70+% Reading
A score less than the values indicated above in any of the three tested categories results in a test failure. Applicants will have to wait three months to re-take the test.
Applicants who have previously achieved a passing test score within one year (12 months) of an open recruitment will be accepted for consideration.
Interested applicants that have not yet tested with NTN can go to the testing site link below: National Testing Network (NTN)
** Out of state applicants not having an NTN testing facility near them may travel to Oregon OR any NTN location to complete the exam. A complete list of NTN's testing facilities is locate at: National Testing Network Testing Facilities
HOW TO USE NTN'S SITE:
1. Select Search for Jobs from
the left side menu.
2. Select Law Enforcement for Enforcement
3. Under the Oregon heading, select Oregon
4. Select Continue.
5. A pop up box will appear. Read the
contents of the box and select That is All I Want
to sign up for the tests or Cancel
if you need to add more jobs for the tests.
6. Verify that you meet the requirements for the
jobs, select the appropriate option at the bottom of the
announcement, and select Continue.
7. Select the testing location, then
8. Select the testing date and time.
9. Confirm the test information, then Continue.
10. Login with an existing account or Register for a new account.
11. Follow the remaining steps on the NTN site.
The NTN application for testing is not by itself an application for Oregon
State Police employment. Upon completion of the entry level exam all
candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the Oregon State Police. Only
candidates who obtain a passing score on the entry level exam will move through
to the next phase of the entry level application process.
Candidates not obtaining a passing score will not be allowed to
submit a NeoGov application. Applicants not obtaining a passing score will have a three month waiting period before they will be eligible to
re-take the NTN exam.
National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing
and ORPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing
Network does not replace the Oregon State Police's applicant review
responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate
results are provided to OSP where the final decisions are made for further
Applicants who have successfully tested with NTN should ensure
their NeoGov profile is accurate and up to date.
2. ORPAT Physical Exam. ORPAT Physical Exam. ORPAT Physical Exam. ORPAT Physical Exam
*** THIS PHASE OF THE TESTING PROCESS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO AN APPLICANT MOVING ONTO THE PRE-OFFER PSYCHOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT***
Applicants can self-schedule an appropriate date and time to take the ORPAT by registering to take the test at:
Applicants who have passed the ORPAT within entities other than NTN or OSP within twelve months of filling out their NeoGov application may have their test score accepted by:
- Submitting a letter containing the administering agency's letterhead
- Letter must certify the test was conducted to the DPSST validated standard
- Attaching the ORPAT certification letter as a scanned document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A detailed link explaining the validated test components of the ORPAT can be found at:
Applicants who have taken the ORPAT and passed through NTN DO NOT have to submit proof of testing.
OSP will periodically be facilitating the ORPAT at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. Applicants will have had to receive a passing score on the NTN Frontline Law Enforcement exam in order to register for an ORPAT time slot.
For a complete description of the ORPAT and a video demonstration visit this link:
3. Online Application. Online Application
Candidate fills out application.
***Applicants must already have a passing ORPAT score on file OR have scheduled a testing date either with NTN or OSP prior to the applications closing date to have their application considered. Applicants not showing up for their scheduled test dates OR failing the ORPAT will have their application closed for this recruitment.
During times when OSP is not accepting applications, applicants
can create an on line profile with NeoGov and will be notified as soon as a
recruitment opens. To create a NeoGov profile, go to the below link and select
“Create a NeoGov account”:
4. Pre-Offer Psychological Examination/Risk Assessment
Successful applicants will be contacted by OSP Training Section staff and will
be scheduled to take the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and the Johnson
Roberts & Associates Personal History Questionnaire (JRQ). This phase of
the testing process takes approximately three hours to complete.
These pre-offer psychological examinations are given to applicants to determine
the applicant's suitability for a career in law enforcement. Once the CPI and
PHQ tests have been administered, they are submitted to psychologists under
contract with the Oregon State Police for evaluation.
The Psychologists may generate follow up questions to be answered by each
applicant (Stage 2). The OSP Sworn Applicant Processing Section sends the
questions back to the applicant by email for their written response /
clarification. The responses are then analyzed by the psychologists and a risk
rating is designated for the applicant (Stage 3). Applicants who are rated at
an acceptable level are moved to the next stage of the process.
***Out of state applicants will have to travel to Oregon for this
phase of the testing process. The Oregon State Police recognizes the financial
investment applicants make during the hiring process. As a result OSP will at
time host this phase of testing at the same time the ORPAT is being offered to
minimize required travel. Please check our recruiting web site frequently for
dates and times.
5. Background Investigation
The personal history forms / background packet provided to applicants must be
completed and returned to the Sworn Applicant Processing Section within two
weeks. Additionally, an applicant must be willing to sign several waivers
allowing the Oregon State Police to conduct a thorough background
investigation. Some factors considered during a background investigation
include but are not limited to:
Criminal history Fingerprint check
Military Service Records – Discharge Status
Prior contact with law enforcement agencies
Financial status (to include credit history)
6. Command Interview
Applicants who have successfully passed the background investigation will be
invited to an interview with Oregon State Police Commanders consisting of
Majors and Captains. The Interview with Commanders consists of a panel of
Majors and Captains. The interview is conducted in-person, typically 30 minutes
and is primarily a Behavioral Based question interview structure.
7. Conditional Offer of Employment
A Conditional Job Offer is given based upon an applicant meeting the following
- the acceptance
of employment to a specific work station (if offered),
- the availability
and funding of a Pre-Academy Class,
- passing Medical
- passing a Post
Offer Psychological Evaluation.
Applicant's passing the Command Interview will be scheduled
for a medical screening and psychological evaluation.
8. Medical Screening & Post Offer Psychological Evaluation
An appointment to an Oregon State Police contracted medical screening clinic
will be made for the applicant. OAR 259-008-0010 (8) Physical Examination
A psychological evaluation will be scheduled in conjunction with the medical
screening. This psychological evaluation will be an in-person evaluation by the
contracted Psychologists who also perform the "Risk Rating" of applicants.
Applicants can expect to be at the Psychologist's office for approximately four
Upon successful completion of all conditional appointment requirements, an
applicant will be invited to attend Pre-Academy training.