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Physical Ability Testing Information


1. Does POST require a physical ability test?

No, POST does not require a physical ability test prior to hire. However, many agencies administer their own physical ability test during the selection process. 


2. How can I get information on physical ability tests that agencies may require?

You should contact the law enforcement agencies directly for information on their specific physical performance requirements.


3. Does the academy require a physical ability test?

Yes, the academy requires a physical ability test at the conclusion of the POST-required physical conditioning program.


4. What are the academy physical conditioning requirements?

The physical conditioning program consists of aerobic, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility conditioning. Usually, jogging is the mode of aerobic conditioning. Calisthenics circuit training or weight circuit training is most commonly used for strength and muscular endurance conditioning. Static stretching is the usual mode of flexibility conditioning.


5. How should I prepare myself for the academy physical conditioning program?

Students who are engaged in a vigorous lifetime fitness program generally do not have any problems with the POST-required academy physical conditioning program. It is nearly impossible, though, for sedentary individuals to complete the program without problems. For best results, your exercise program should already match the descriptions below.

  • Aerobic conditioning, 3-5 days per week, 20-60 minutes each day, continuous jogging on most days each week
  • Muscular strength/endurance, 2-3 days per week, one set of 8-10 exercises including upper body, core, and legs, 8-20 repetitions per set
  • Flexibility, static stretching, at least 2-3 days per week, preferably 5-7 days, 8-12 stretches each day, hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds and repeat each 2-4 times
  • Continuous participation at the above-described levels for the last six months without injury

If your exercise program does not meet these specifications, then you should consider taking a body conditioning, weight training, or jogging class as needed.