Fitness Requirements

Being a police officer requires a certain level of physical fitness. Male and female students must pass a fitness test before their training module starts. The physical training (PT) test consists of a vertical jump, situps, pushups and a 1.5 mile run. Based on your current fitness level, you may need to do some work on your own before you start the program.

The Fitness Freak

Careful about their diet, weekly visits to the gym (weights and cardio)

PT Outlook

You'll be fine.

The Average Joe/Jane

Tries to eat healthy, occasional exercise (softball league, camping trips, etc.)

PT Outlook

You'll get in better shape as the training progresses, but be prepared to do the work.

The Couch Potato

Bad eating habits, gets winded climbing stairs

PT Outlook

Put down the remote/controller, my friend. You've got some work to do.

Fitness Requirements - Exam At A Glance


Entrance Req.

Exit Req.

Vertical Jump 14.5 17.5
Sit-Up 23 29
Push-Up 14 21
1.5 Mile Run 16.11 14.46

URMMA/Departmental Standards
In addition to the Police Academy physical training requirements, some law enforcement and corrections agencies require applicants to be able to pass the Utah Risk Management Mutual Association (URMMA) standards.

WSU Police Academy Physical Training Requirements

You are required to pass each of the four events to be admitted into the Police Academy. For your information, and to help you prepare for the test, the following instructions are included for each event. (Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.) The procedure and order for testing is recommended as follows:

  1. Warm up for 3 minutes; perform the Vertical Jump test and rest for 2 minutes.
  2. Perform the One Minute Sit Up test and rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Perform the Maximum Push Up test, then rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Do the cardio-warm up for 2 to 3 minutes, then perform the 1.5 Mile Run and cardio-cool down for 5 minutes.

Insurance Information for Self-Sponsored Students

POST does not provide insurance benefits to students attending the satellite academies. Students are expected to provide their own insurance protection while participating in any basic training program.