Applicant Study Guide

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Applicant study guide 


The Applicant Study Guide provides an overview of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and is designed to prepare Cadet applicants for the selection and hiring process. Information contained in this guide focuses on the Department’s mission, purpose, and objectives as well as the duties of the CHP officer.
This guide will assist the applicant in understanding the overall responsibility of becoming a CHP officer. The Applicant Study Guide is an excellent resource for applicants preparing for the Physical Ability Test, Written Examination, Psychological Evaluation, Background Investigation, Academy Training, and a career with the CHP.
The success of each applicant is very important to the CHP. Therefore, we strongly encourage each applicant to thoroughly review the Applicant Study Guide.

Questions may be referred to Recruitment Unit staff at:

(916) 843-3275 or


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