Two - Three. Applicants who live outside of Austin will be required to visit Austin twice during the hiring process.
The first trip is for the initial two-day testing period that consists of the physical and written tests, Nelson Denny exam, and oral board interview. Testing is typically scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday.
The second trip is for two to three days and consists of drug testing, along with the polygraph, psychological, and medical assessments. See APD Hiring Process for more information.
The third trip is for the physical testing re-test and mandatory orientation. This usually occurs 3-5 weeks prior to the start of the Academy.