Education Requirements For Trooper
Education: Applicants must have
a minimum of 60 college earned hours from a regional accredited
college or university. Prior law enforcement or military experience
at the following ratios may substitute for required semester hours:
Applicants substituting law enforcement or military experience
for the college hours must, at a minimum, have obtained a GED
or have graduated from high school.
- Military experience is defined as having served active
duty time in the Armed Forces of the United States,
including active duty service in any branch of the
Reserves or National Guard.
- Law Enforcement officer experience is defined as time
spent as a full-time paid employee performing police
duties in a position with a governmental entity, which
requires a license as a Texas Peace Officer or its
equivalent in another state.
- Out of state police officers will need a letter from
their state peace officer licensing agency (TCOSE
equivalent) stating their peace officers license is
valid and has not been subject to reprimand, suspension
or revocation. Out of state police officers holding a
Reserve Peace Officer Commission/License will not be eligible.
- All military or law enforcement experience substituted
for college semester hours must be verifiable.
- Federal law enforcement applicants will need their 24
months service with one of the federal agencies
listed in §2.122 Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Federal applicants will need a letter from their
agency characterizing the nature of their federal
service and if they had ever been subject to
reprimand, suspension or revocation.