Frequently Asked Questions


Lateral Classes

What are the minimum requirements for a Lateral applicant?
  • Applicants must have current Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification (this position is required to be certified under Level 1 Peace Officers in Colorado as defined by CRS Section 16-2.5-101 (i.e. Colorado POST certified).
  • Applicants must have a High School Diploma or GED at the time of application;
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age at the start of the academy;
  • Applicants must have documentation that allows them to live and work in the US according to the Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services;
  • Applicants must have a current and valid State of Colorado Driver's License at the start of the academy;
  • Applicants must have at least three (3) years full-time equivalent, paid, in good standing "patrol officer" experience within the last five (5) years;
  • The Department reserves the right to consider retirees and those that were laid-off, who were in good standing on a case-by-case basis.
Who will NOT be considered as a Lateral applicant?
  • A Military, District Attorney, or Federal Police Officer experience;
  • A jail, corrections, or security officer;
  • Experience gained in a Training Academy;
What is the starting salary for a lateral applicant?

Starting salary is $6,176 per month.


What is the length of the academy?

The Lateral academy is 14 weeks.

Am I required to live at the academy?

You will be required to live at the academy through Phase 2 which is approximately 10 weeks.

Will my weekends be free?

Cadets are allowed to leave the academy after their final class on Friday.

Will my previous training count, i.e.: Taser, OC spray, SFST, DRE, etc?

You will be required to attend and participate in all trainings.

What type of training will I receive?

You will receive additional training in accident investigation, driving, shooting, arrest control, commercial motor vehicle, traffic code, criminal code and CSP policy.

How will duty stations be assigned?

Duty stations will be assigned by Command Staff prior to the start of the academy.

For more information who can I contact?

CSP Recruiters
Master Trooper Maurice Harris (
Master Trooper Amy Engleman (
Trooper Alisha Danko (
Human Resource Analyst Michelle Chancey (

Life as a Cadet

Where is the CSP Cadet Academy?

The Academy is located in Golden, Colo.

How long do I have to live at the academy?

Through Phase 2 which last approximately 10 weeks.

Do I get to leave the Academy after classes end for the night?

After Phase 2, if you live within one hour of Golden you will be allowed to go home after classes.

What are the different phases of the Academy?

Phase 1 - Administrative/Orientation
Phase 2 - Discipline Phase
Phase 3 - Independent Study

What does Para-Military Academy mean?

The Colorado State Patrol Academy uses military bearing to instill discipline in each of our troopers. The military based its core values on discipline, and requires its members to follow orders at all times. The discipline at the State Patrol Academy is based on our core values of Honor, Duty and Respect. We use our discipline to create an environment that fosters an individual's ability to develop self-discipline and immediate attention to orders. Orders need to funnel up and down through the chain of command, which is a system that has specific ranks or positions, each responsible to the other.

How long does the Academy last?

The current Academy is 26 weeks long.

What is the physical fitness program like?

It is the mission of the CSP Training Academy Physical Training Program to create an environment that fosters physical, mental and emotional growth by providing students with strong fundamentals in anatomy and physiology, general health and wellness, nutrition, exercise technique, programming and self-motivation. The program focuses on remaining injury free. In fact, it focuses on reconditioning and improving upon existing injuries and limitations, while simultaneously improving a student in all aspects in a group environment. Specifically, the program focuses on individual successes with Cadets, giving them the requisite foundations to prevail as Colorado State Troopers over a long term career.

What are the dorms like? Are the dorms co-ed?

Male Cadets live five to a room. Female cadets live three to a room.

What can I bring with me to the Academy?

You will be given a packing list of all required items you must bring with you to the Academy.

Can I take vacation or sick time during the Academy?

Typically no but we will work with our Cadets as the need arises.

Do I get to use my phone while at the Academy?

Cadets are able to utilize their phones after Phases 1 and 2 are complete. 

Can I have visitors while attending the Academy?

Typically no unless there is an emergency that arises.

I have specific dietary needs, can I bring my own food?

We provide meals and snacks at the Academy. Specific dietary accommodations are available.


Education and Skills

What are the skills requirements for earning my POST certification?

Cadets are required to pass all skills while attending the academy. (Driving/Shooting/Arrest Control/ALERT Training)

What math skills am I required to have?

You must have a high school diploma or GED. However, we suggest having additional math skills such as Algebra.

What are the requirements for written tests? Practical Tests?

You are required to to maintain a 80% or higher on all written and skills tests.