The Montana Law Enforcement Testing Consortium (MTLETC) administers a written test and a physical abilities test in order to create a pool of candidates for the position of entry-level peace officer. The following agencies participate in this process: The cities of Belgrade, Chinook, Conrad, Deer Lodge, Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Laurel, Livingston, Manhattan, Miles City, Red Lodge, Ronan, and West Yellowstone; and the counties of Big Horn, Mineral, Musselshell, Park, and Toole. The MTLETC conducts this testing at two (2) locations throughout Montana. (Refer to the testing schedule below).
In order to test, all candidates will be required to have a valid United States government issued photo identification/driver’s license, a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent certification and be at least 18 years of age.
Testing will consist of a written test and the Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT). Characteristics of the written test include: arithmetic skills; reading comprehension; identify errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling; and writing skills. Candidates must obtain a minimum score of 70% on each section of the written test to continue in the process.
The MPAT is a hybrid physical ability/job sample physical abilities assessment process designed to evaluate candidates on essential physical capabilities required to satisfactorily perform training assignments and job-related duties. Candidates must meet a specific and measurable standard with respect to physical conditioning. Candidates are required to successfully complete the MPAT within a time frame set by the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, current 6 minutes and 30 seconds (6:30). The candidate should review the MPAT description at the end of this registration packet and the Physical Abilities Test Waiver before testing. The waiver will be provided at the testing site to be signed.
Candidates who successfully pass both the written test and the physical abilities test will be placed on an eligibility list for up to 12 months from the date of the test. Once on the eligibility list, candidates should contact those agencies they are interested in applying for to learn of the next process. MTLETC agencies may also contact candidates from the eligibility list to participate in their individual hiring processes. It is the candidate’s responsibility to inform the MTLETC contact person with changes in address, telephone number, email address, etc.
Once a candidate is hired by one of the MTLETC agencies, the candidate's name will be removed from the eligibility list. If the candidate is not hired by one of the participating agencies within 12 months of being on the eligibility list the candidate will be required to participate in the testing process again to remain on the eligibility list. Offers for employment with each of the participating agencies are conditional upon satisfactory completion of their individual hiring process, to include, but not limited to, a thorough background and reference investigation, a drug and/or psychological test, and other medical tests.
Candidates can register on-line or mail the completed Registration to Test Form, the Testing Schedule Form and a certified check or money order for $50.00 (which covers the cost of test booklets, postage, and printing), payable to the Montana Law Enforcement Testing Consortium, to:
Montana Law Enforcement Testing Consortium
PO Box 275
Great Falls, MT 59403
Do not send cash! Personal checks will NOT be accepted and fees will NOT be waived. Overnight packets must be sent to the Montana Law Enforcement Testing Consortium, 4504 Kestrel Court, Great Falls, MT 59404. Registration and Testing Forms must be received at the above address no later than 5:00 p.m. MST, 30 days prior to the first date of the test in the cycle. (Refer to the attached testing schedule form)
Registration forms received after the deadline will be returned to the candidate and incomplete or late materials will not be considered.
Do not submit certifications and training documents with this Registration to Test. DD – 214 or SRS certifications must be submitted for veteran and/or disabled preference.
The MTLETC makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a candidate's ability to compete in the testing process. For any such accommodation to be considered, the candidate must make known any needed accommodation(s) to Mrs. Jodi Warneke at the MTLETC, (406) 454-9091 at least 30 days before the testing cycle. (Refer to the attached testing schedule form)
The MTLETC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas or disability in employment or in the provision of services. This policy does not preclude discrimination based on bona fide occupational qualifications or other recognized exceptions under the law.
In the event you decide not to test, the $50.00 fee is non-refundable. Testing fees will not be waived. All lodging, travel, and meal arrangements are the responsibility of the candidate. For more information, contact one of the consortium agencies directly or the MTLETC at (406) 454-9091. Questions can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.