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How to use the CHIP test when applying to a police department:

Passing the Physical Ability Assessment is a prerequisite for candidacy with many police departments in the State of Connecticut. The CHIP Card has also been accepted by public safety agencies in NY, NH, WY, MD, and VT. If you're applying to a department outside of Connecticut ask the agency if they will accept your CHIP Card 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 a 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 $65 will be collected at the time of registration. All payments must be made online using a credit card. No refunds will be provided.

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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 and completed. 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.

Appropriate Attire

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.

It is highly recommended that individuals bring water with them to the test. Candidates should not bring bags, backpacks, or digital devices with them to the test