How to Become a Trooper

The path to becoming a Trooper is challenging but rewarding. See information below on how you can join the Thin Gray Line.

An oral interview will be given by a KSP panel.

A thorough background check will be conducted for every candidate.

Each candidate will take a polygraph test, administered by KSP personnel.

Each candidate will take medical and psychological tests to make sure they are physically and mentally prepared.


Cadet Class 98 Written Test Schedule

REGIONAL Testing Dates/Locations

Monday, July 2   6:30 pm EDT – Morehead

Morehead State University
Reed Hall, Room 419

Monday, July 9   6:30 pm EDT – Hazard

Perry County Central High School
305 Park Avenue

Monday, July 30   6 pm EDT – Campbellsville

Campbellsville University
Badgett Academic Support Center

Monday, August 13   6 pm CDT – Madisonville

Madisonville Community College North Campus
Steve Beshear Center for Post-Secondary Education
Room 107

FRANKFORT Testing Dates

All testing in Frankfort is at 9 am EST at KSP Headquarters, 919 Versailles Rd, Frankfort, Kentucky

Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the test start.

Monday, July 23    

Wednesday, August 15  

Thursday, August 16  

Tuesday, August 21     

Thursday, August 23   

Lt. Brad Arterburn

KRS 16.040 (2) requires that all persons appointed as officers shall, at the time of their appointment, be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Of good moral character and in good health.
  • Not less than twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license against which no more than six (6) driver demerit points have been assessed.  You must submit a copy of a valid driver’s license at time of application.
  • At the time of application, possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and three years of full-time work experience, or sixty (60) semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university, or be a high school graduate with at least two (2) years of active military duty or two (2) years of experience as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer.

Applicants shall be disqualified from further participation in the selection process or removed from the register if it is determined that:

  • An applicant does not meet any one (1) of the qualifications for appointment as an officer.
  • An applicant has made a false statement of material fact on the application or in response to any questions or requests for information during the selection process.
  • An applicant has used or attempted to use political influence, coercion or bribery to secure an advantage in any phase of the selection process.
  • An applicant has cheated during the course of any examination required during the selection process, or has attempted to gain an advantage over other applicants by any dishonest or intentionally misleading act or omission.
  • An applicant has failed to comply with any instructions from the agency relating to the selection process.
  • An applicant has been dismissed for cause from any public agency, or has resigned while charges of misconduct were pending.
  • An applicant has been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude.
  • An applicant is a current user of a controlled substance, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • An applicant is addicted to any controlled substance or intoxicant.
  • An applicant has more than six (6) driver demerit points against his operator’s license.
  • An applicant tests positive for an unlawful controlled substance as determined by a blood or urine analysis.
  • An applicant has tattoos that can be seen when the applicant wears a Kentucky State Police summer uniform shirt, which the Kentucky State Police will make available for the applicant to try on when the applicant takes the written examination.


Agency policy requires that tattoos or body piercings shall not be visible while in any agency issued uniform.


The Kentucky State Police is the leading law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Becoming a sworn officer in the Kentucky State Police is much more than just a job.  The benefits extend well beyond those of ordinary professions.

As a Kentucky State Police Trooper, you’ll be in a position that offers almost immeasurable rewards in the pursuit of service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Trooper Benefits

Cadet troopers will receive $2,870.16 per month during academy training.

Upon graduation, this salary will increase to $3,157.18 monthly ($37,886.12 annually).

A table that shows the pay increases throughout a Trooper’s career can be found at:

Troopers receive a 10-percent salary increase with each promotion.

Troopers also receive seven dollars per day for uniform maintenance.

Troopers also receive a $4,000.00 annual training stipend (effective August 1, 2016).


Health Insurance: Troopers may choose one of a variety of health insurance plans offered with dependent coverage at additional charge.

Life Insurance: The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides a $20,000 term life insurance policy.

Vacation: Paid vacation time is accrued according to years of service.

  • 0-4 years of employment: 12 days per year.
  • 5-9 years of employment: 15 days per year.
  • 10-14 years of employment: 18 days per year.
  • 15 years or more of employment: 21 days per year.

Sick Leave: You accrue one sick day for every month worked. You can accumulate up to one (1) year of sick time.

Military Leave: Any trooper who is a member of the military reserve or National Guard is entitled to a maximum of 21 working days per year of paid military leave.

Holidays: Troopers receive 11-1/2 paid holidays per year. (12-1/2 in years if there is a presidential election.)

All troopers are provided uniforms, necessary weapons, vehicles and other essential equipment and supplies to perform their duties.

After 25 years of service, employees are eligible for disbursement from their Kentucky Retirement System contribution plan, either in a lump sum or a monthly payment. Additionally, retirees receive a monthly allowance to apply to their health coverage based on their years of service.

Merit Pay Program, Job Security, State Run Deferred Compensation program, Opportunities for Growth and Advancement, and Take home car are also provided.


Click here to download the KSP Cadet Application:

Contact the Recruitment Branch