The purpose of this program is to prepare applicants and their families for success during the hiring
process, the Academy, and throughout their career. APP will familiarize CHP applicants with the standards
and expectations of the Department, as well as provide preparation and guidance in the areas of physical
fitness, Academy preparation, and ensuring families are aware of what to expect while their loved one is
at the Academy and beyond. To find out more about the APP in your Division
Once at the Academy, applicants will be tested mentally, physically, and emotionally on a daily
basis. the physical training portion of the Academy is one of the most challenging phases of
training for most cadets. Applicants must take the opportunity to prepare themselves and be in
good physical condition PRIOR to reporting to the Academy. Being in good physical condition greatly
improves a cadet's success rate in all aspects of Academy training.
Division recruiters will use the APP to assist applicants in preparing for the Physical Abilities Test,
the Physical Fitness Evaluation, and the physical training portion of Academy training. Tracking your
activity on a
Monthly Fitness Log allows recruiters to assess your fitness levels and determine if you are on
track to be successful in the Academy. Before participating with any Applicant Preparation Program
physical activities, a participant shall read and sign the APP
Release/Waiver form. The participant shall bring the signed APP Release/Waiver form with them
and give it to the California Highway Patrol representative.
The California Highway Patrol is often referred to as a "paramilitary" department. This is due to
the uniforms, ranks and insignias, chain of command, and long-standing traditions of the Department
that resemble a military organization. this paramilitary style is especially prevalent throughout
Being properly prepared for the Academy can help increase a cadet's overall success. Life at the
Academy consists of a regulated system of academics, exercise, diet, and self-discipline. Applicants
can prepare for the academic rigors of the Academy by practicing their reading and writing skills,
evaluating their study habits, and studying the phonetic alphabet (located in the
Pursue Your Future pamphlet). The ability to organize your
time, manage multiple tasks, adapt to various situations, and manage stress are essential for survival.
Maintaining proper appearance, moving with a sense of urgency, punctuality, and strict discipline are
a few of the things a cadet must quickly learn. Many cadets will have difficulty adjusting to the
regimentation and physical standards expected of them.
During this process it is important for applicants to remember that they are not the only ones
preparing for a career with the CHP. Family members play a key role in the preparation and success
of an applicant. Spouses, significant others and/or family members are encouraged to attend APP
seminars with their applicants. Attendance will help prepare them for the reality that their applicant
will be away from home (and, for the most part, out of touch) for 27 weeks during Academy training,
possible relocation after the Academy, and shift work that will include working on weekends and holidays.
It will also allow them to learn first-hand what their cadet will be going through on a daily basis
at the Academy. This knowledge should provide them with a better understanding of how they can best
support their cadet from home. High levels of stress endured by cadets while at the Academy coupled
with less-than-supportive family members can lead to strains in personal relationships as well as
failure during the Academy. Make sure everyone is as committed to your success as you are.