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Become a California Highway Patrol Officer

California Highway Patrol Officer

The Physical Abilities Test:

View a short video of the basic elements you'll need the ability to accomplish. This will help ready you for the PAT.

Can an applicant take the exam multiple times?

Yes, however, before an applicant can retest, the applicant must wait for a period of one month (30 calendar days) before taking the exam again. This applies even if the exam is taken through a different department/agency than the original exam.

The above can be accessed at:

Are you scheduled to take the written test with the CHP? Will you be ineligible to take the written exam because of this POST policy? Please make contact Cadet Hiring Unit via email You will need to provide your personal information (name, address, phone number, email address, social security number, date you took other POST test). Every effort will be attempted to make reasonable accommodations for you to complete the CHP written exam.

We have changed our Physical Ability Test (PAT). Please go to the Applicant Study Guide link to learn about the four PAT test elements. Click here to view a demonstration of the four required elements.

The Mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California, and to assist governmental agencies during emergencies when requested.

The Philosophy of the CHP Recruitment Program illustrates that the vitality of the organization depends upon the successful recruitment of qualified personnel. This recruitment must produce a labor force that mirrors the community we serve.

The Future of the CHP depends on the people chosen to provide service to tomorrow's community, which stands to diversify even more with time.

The Purpose of the CHP Recruitment Program is to seek out men and women who will be committed to carrying out the Department's mission and to making a difference in the communities of California.

If you are interested in diversity, challenges, and outstanding career opportunities contact us at:

or 1-888-422-4756

TT/TDD 1-800-735-2929 EOE/ADA

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