Candidate Physical Ability Test Orientation (CPAT)

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Orientation

This provides the opportunity for candidates to prepare for the CPAT. Candidates are encouraged to participate in scheduled orientation sessions within the eight weeks prior to their CPAT date. The on-site fitness orientation session is conducted in small groups and provides you the opportunity to view the CPAT events, talk with instructors, physically examine test equipment, tools and props and practice. These orientations do not include a timed trial. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with CPAT procedures and expectations prior to your scheduled CPAT date.

Since CPAT guidelines specify that all applicants must be given an opportunity to attend one or two orientation sessions within eight weeks prior to a scheduled CPAT, any individual choosing not to attend the orientation must complete the Waiver of Orientations and Timed Trials Form, acknowledging that the practice sessions were made available to them and that they voluntarily waived the opportunity to participate in all sessions.

If a candidate chooses to sign the waiver, it will have no effect on the candidate’s ability to obtain their OFAI CTS Certificates.

CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide

The job of a firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in North America. It requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The Candidate Physical Ability Test consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fire ground. This test is physically demanding and requires that you be physically fit to be successful. This guide was developed to assist you with physically preparing yourself for the test.   To download the guide, click on the following link:

IAFF CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide.PDF

Cost of CPAT Orientation:  $132.00

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