Hiring/Appointment Qualifications

Hiring/Appointment Qualifications


  • Must be at least 21 years old to be appointed
  • Must be appointed prior to 36th birthday, except the maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active military duty - up to a maximum of 7 years.
  • Must be a New York State resident and have a valid New York State driver's license at time of appointment.
  • Must be able to pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT): sit-ups, push-ups and a 1.5 mile run.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts any day of the week, including holidays.


Must possess a:

  • Graduate certificate from senior high school, Or
  • New York State High School Equivalency Diploma, Or
  • Military GED Certificate, Or
  • High School Equivalency diploma from another state converted to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma,
  • Must have completed 60 college credit hours at an accredited college or university. Official Transcripts must be sent electronically by the institution attended or through the Parchment website direct to the [email protected] email to demonstrate that you have completed, or will complete prior to the established deadline outlined in the trooper candidate processing packet/letters of invite.
  • Non-traditional transferred college credit hours may be accepted.  All non-traditional transferred college credits must be listed on an official transcript from an accredited college or university to be accepted.  Non-traditional transferred college credits may come from a variety of sources.  The following are some common sources for obtaining non-traditional transferred college credits:
    • Applied elective credits
    • Life experience
    • Military training and experience
      • AARTS
      • SMARTS
    • National credit recommendation
      • ACE credit
    • Nationally evaluated courses
    • National testing programs
      • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
      • Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)
      • College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
    • Professional certification
      • Microsoft certification
      • Insurance industry exams
    • Prior learning assessment
      • Industry certifications
      • Credit by portfolio
      • FEMA
    • Sophia Learning
    • Transfer partnership

Exceptions: 30 college credits may be waived, if the candidate has either:

received an Honorable Discharge from the United States military after two years of active military service;


successfully completed a Certified Police Officer Training Course approved by, or equivalent to a course approved by, the New York State Municipal Police Training council. A certified Peace Officer Training course does not qualify. Completion of a Phase 1 Academy, in and of itself, is insufficient due to the fact that during said training no instruction is received in the area of Firearms, Ballistic Baton, or Weapons of Mass Destruction. Without this additional instruction, along with the completion of the Field Training Officer program, the Phase 1 Academy is deemed insufficient by the New York State Municipal Training council and thus the 30 credits will NOT be waived.

Hearing and Vision

Vision Requirement: uncorrected - no worse than 20/100 in each eye able to be corrected to 20/30 in each eye. Correction may be achieved using glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Significant color blindness may be disqualifying.

Hearing Requirement: The standard hearing thresholds can be no greater than 30dB at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz or 3000 Hz in either ear. If the candidate's pure tone screening test is deemed unacceptable, such candidate may, at his/her own expense, have a basic comprehensive audiological evaluation administered by a NYS licensed audiologist

Pure Tone Thresholds under headphones: if the Pure Tone Thresholds are 30 dB or better, no further testing is required. If the Pure Tone Thresholds are >30 dB but <61 dB, testing with a hearing aid is required. Candidates with Pure Tone Thresholds greater than 60 dB are disqualified.