How to use the CHIP test when applying to a police department:
Passing the Physical Ability Assessment is a prerequisite for candidacy with nearly 100 police departments. The CHIP Card is accepted throughout Connecticut but it can be accepted by any local, state of federal public safety agency interested in creating a more efficient and streamlined hiring process. If you're applying to a department outside of Connecticut ask the agency if they will accept your CHIP results. CHIP simplifies the process by enabling police applicants to:
- Take one assessment
- Pay one fee
- Use test results for multiple police departments
Once a candidate passes a CHIP Physical Ability Assessment, he or she receives certified results - CHIP Card that is valid for six months and is accepted by all CHIP participating departments.
Registering for a Test
To begin the process of registration for a CHIP Physical Ability Assessment, simply check our calendar of upcoming assessment dates and register online prior to the corresponding registration deadline. You must also download and complete a medical form and a waiver form and bring them with you to the test. A fee of $75 will be collected at the time of registration. All payments must be made online using a credit card. No refunds will be provided.
What You Need On the Day of the Assessment
In order to participate in a Physical Ability Assessment proctored by CHIP, you must provide two forms of identification. One form of identification must be a photo ID, preferably your driver’s license. If you don't have a current driver's license, you can bring one of the following:
- Government-issued photo identification
- Military photo identification
- Current passport
One other form of identification must also be presented on the day of the assessment, including:
- Work ID
- Birth certificate
- College ID
- Social Security card
- Insurance card
Medical and Waiver Forms
Both forms must be printed out. The medical approval form must be signed, stamped and dated by a MD, NP or PA. You will not be allowed to take the test without a signed medical approval form. Your waiver form will be completed and signed at the test.
Appropriate athletic attire, including athletic shoes, must be worn to the assessment. Weather conditions should be taken into consideration when dressing for the assessment as you will be outdoors during portions of the assessment.
You must bring your own water with you to the test. Candidates are not allowed to bring bags, backpacks, or digital devices to the test.