ISP Fast Track Program

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is re-instituting the “Fast Track” Program that provides an opportunity for certified police officers to become Illinois State Troopers through participation in an accelerated training program. The duration of a Fast Track Cadet Class will be slightly less than half of the standard 26-week Cadet Class. Fast Track Cadets will receive Trooper1 pay while in the Academy, which is $5,003/monthly.

In order to be eligible for a Fast Track Cadet Class, applicants must be a current certified police officer, having graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy, and have at least two years of experience while employed as a full-time sworn police officer. Applicants will be required to provide proof of successfully completing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved DWI/DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training program, or an approved equivalent, prior to starting a Fast Track Class.

Officers must also meet all pre-employment requirements and standards established by the ISP Merit Board and successfully complete the application process. The pre-employment requirements, vision standards, hearing standards, and fitness standards are available on the ISP Merit Board’s website at https://www.illinoistrooper.com under the Recruitment menu. Upon completion of the application process, applicants will be screened to determine if they meet the additional eligibility requirements to be considered for a Fast Track Class. In addition to the ISP Merit Board’s requirements, all candidates eligible to participate in a Fast Track Class will be required to successfully pass a Fast Track written examination.

When a Fast Track Class schedule is finalized, qualified applicants will be contacted by the Illinois State Police to complete the Fast Track Examination. Applicants who have met all ISP Merit Board standards and requirements and have successfully passed the Fast Track Examination will be considered for placement in the Fast Track Class. Regardless of the future availability of a Fast Track Class or the score the applicant achieves on the Fast Track Examination, the applicant will remain in the Merit Board’s applicant pool and be eligible for certification for placement into a full length Cadet Class. 

Individuals interested in applying for a future Fast Track Cadet Class must complete the Illinois State Police Merit Board's On-Line Application

To be eligible for the Fast Track Program, applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of application submission: 

  1. Applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. 
    • An applicant twenty (20) years of age may apply if they have successfully completed an associate’s degree or 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university.
  2. Applicant cannot have been convicted of a felony.
  3. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  4. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of completing the application.
  5. Applicant must be willing to accept an assignment anywhere in the State.
  6. Applicant must have completed, with a C average or better, one of the following education requirements:
    • Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university
    • No education needed if applicant meets one of the following:
      • Honorably discharged AND has been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals by the United States Armed Forces. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
      • An active member of the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces AND have been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals as a result of honorable service during deployment on active duty. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
      • Honorably discharged AND served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay during deployment on active duty. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
      • Have at least 3 years of full active and continuous military duty and received an honorable discharge before hiring. Proof must be provided on a DD-214.
  7. Applicant must have graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy
  8. Applicant must have at least two (2) years of experience while employed as a full-time sworn police officer
  9. Applicant must have successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved DUI/DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training program or an approved equivalent. (Proof will be required) 

Click here for a list of accredited law enforcement academies:

Accredited Law Enforcement Academies.pdf


College or university must be accredited by one of the following:

  •  Middle States Commission on Higher Education 
  •  Higher Learning Commission
  •  New England Commission of Higher Education
  •  Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  •  Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on   Colleges
  •  WASC Senior College and University Commission
  •  Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Qualifying Military Medals:

  • Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Individuals who are not Fast Track eligible may still apply to be considered for a potential summer 2021 full 26-week Cadet Class. To be in consideration for the summer 2021 class, applications must be received by September 1, 2020.