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Recruit Trooper Hiring Steps

We are pleased you are interested in joining the ranks of Oregon's finest. These steps will help you understand our process. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and communicating with you along the way. 

The hiring process for recruits is extensive. The time from application to appointment can exceed several months.  There are ten steps in the hiring process. Read and review all steps and become familiar with the different tests and systems you’ll need to access before you begin.

There are some steps you can take even if we do not have an open position. The sequence changes when we are accepting applications and when we are not.  Detailed document on all 10 Recruit Trooper Hiring Steps

  • When we are accepting applications:
    • Step 1, a passing NTN Frontline National Law Enforcement Entrance Exam is required during the application process. This test is valid for 12 months and can be taken prior to applying, as long as it is within the previous 12 months. It can be taken up to five days after the application close date (deadlines will be listed on this site shortly.)
    • Step 2, the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT), is valid for 12 months and can be taken prior to applying, through NTN or another agency, as long as it is within the previous 12 months. It will also be offered at various dates during the open application period cost-free during the same testing dates as noted in Steps 4 and 5.
    • Step 3, a job application, must be completed within the open application period, usually 3-4 weeks in length.
    • Steps 2, 4, and 5 can all be taken on the same day on select dates during an open application period. Dates will be listed when we have an open application.
    • See the Steps below for further information.
  • When we are not accepting applications:
    • Complete Step 1, Step 2, and parts of Step 3 any time. It doesn’t matter what sequence you finish these. However, read our details below. Some have time frames around them. For example, Step 1 is only valid for 12 months from the date you took the exam.



Oregon State Police
Training and Recruiting Section
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317
​​​Phone: 503-378-4474​

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday


Oregon State Police
Human Resources
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
​​​Phone: 503-934-0441​

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

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