How to Register

Registration

You can register online, by mail or in-person at:

520 Westney Road South, Unit 22 
Ajax, Ontario  L1S 6W6
Tel: 905-426-6756  Fax: 905-426-3032
Email:  info@ofai.ca  Website:  http://www.ofai.ca

All candidates must create an online user account on our website.  This is a requirement.

Table of Contents

1.     Assessment Process

2.     Stages One & Two

3.     CPAT Orientation

4.     Stage Three

5.     Register Online

6.     Register by Mail or In-Person

7.     Payments

8.     Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy

9.     Re-Test Policy

10.  Code of Conduct

Assessment Process

All candidates should complete the self-assessment questionnaire before registering for any of our assessments.  The self-assessment questionnaire was developed to aid you in your decision as to whether you would be a good fit to the role of a firefighter and to help you identify the minimum qualifications to become a firefighter in the province of Ontario.

Access the self-assessment questionnaire now.

Note:  The self-assessment questionnaire is not required as part of your registration.  It is for self-assessment purposes only.  The OFAI does not collect any information from the assessment other than your name and date.

All candidates entering our process must complete the following assessments, in order, to obtain their certificates in which they can use to apply to participating municipal fire services.

Stage One:

National Fire Select Test

Stage Two:

Part One, Medical Screening

 

Part Two, Clinical Assessment

Stage Two: (Optional)

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Orientation
(Optional)

Stage Three:

Part One, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

 

Part Two, Firefighter Technical Skills Assessment

Note: The OFAI CTS stages are completed over two days.  Stage One and Two completed in one day and Stage Three on another day. Ensure you check testing dates/times as scheduling will change often due to recruitments.  Please contact the OFAI Administration office for all re-testing.

The following outlines our current assessment options:

Stages One and Two

This option includes the Stage One - National Fire Select Test, Stage Two - Part One, Medical Screening and Stage Two - Part Two, Clinical Assessment.  Candidates are responsible for downloading the pre-assessment guides for your applicable assessment at www.ofai.ca/pre-assessment-guides and completing all the applicable forms in each guide to bring with you on your assessment day.  This is a requirement as a part of your assessment.

Results, either pass or fail, are given to each candidate immediately after they have completed each assessment. 

If you do not pass an assessment, you will not be able to continue to the next assessment.  The proctor/evaluator will complete your assessment results form as a failure and forward your form to the OFAI Administration office.  Questions regarding unsuccessful tests should be facilitated through the OFAI Administration office and not with the proctors/evaluators at FESTI.   In the event of failure, any assessments not conducted will be credited to your OFAI account. Requests for refunds are accepted in writing only. Refunds are issued to the original form of payment, less a $10.00 plus HST administration fee.

Upon successful completion of Stages One and Two, your certificates will be uploaded to your online account within two business days.

CPAT Orientation (Optional)

CPAT Orientation is currently offered on the same day as Stages One and Two.  Candidates are responsible for downloading the pre-assessment guides for your applicable assessment at www.ofai.ca/pre-assessment-guides and completing all the applicable forms in each guide to bring with you on your assessment day.  This is a requirement as a part of your assessment.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in scheduled orientation sessions prior to their CPAT date. 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.

Note:  If CPAT Orientation is required as part of a recruitment, it is up to the candidate to register for the orientation.

Upon successful completion of the CPAT Orientation, your CPAT Orientation Certificate will be uploaded to your online account within two business days.

Stage Three

This option includes the Stage - Three, Part One, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and the Stage Three - Part Two, Firefighter Technical Skills.  Candidates are responsible for downloading the pre-assessment guides for your applicable assessment at www.ofai.ca/pre-assessment-guides and completing all the applicable forms in each guide to bring with you on your assessment day.  This is a requirement as a part of your assessment.

Assessment appointments begin at 08:00 AM. After completion of successful registration, you will be sent an email confirmation within two business days advising you of yours assessment appointment time. The OFAI Administration office will determine your eligibility for taking these assessments as you are required to have successfully completed Stage One and Stage Two assessments prior to taking Stage Three.  

Results, pass or fail, are given to each candidate immediately after they have completed each assessment. 

If you do not pass an assessment, you will not be able to continue.  The proctor/evaluator will complete your assessment results form as a failure and forward your form to the OFAI Administration office.  Questions regarding unsuccessful tests should be facilitated through the OFAI Administration office and not with the proctors/evaluators at FESTI.   In the event of failure, any assessments not conducted will be credited to your OFAI account. Requests for refunds are accepted in writing only. Refunds are issued to the original form of payment, less a $10.00 plus HST administration fee.

Upon successful completion of Stage Three, your OFAI CTS Certificate will be uploaded to your online account within two business days. You will not be issued a Stage Three certificate until you have successfully passed the CPAT and Firefighter Technical Skills.

If you pass your CPAT, and do not pass your Firefighter Technical Skills within six months, you will be required to start Stage Three from the beginning.  

Important Note:  The Stage Three assessments combined are very physically demanding.  We ask that candidates come prepared, well-rested and hydrated. 

Registering Online

Upcoming assessment dates/times are available on our website on the “Testing Calendar”.  All candidates wishing to register for assessments must create an online account on our website.   Once the online account is registered, you can continue with registering for an assessment. It is the candidate's responsibility to register correctly for their assessments. Incorrect registrations received by the OFAI Administration office are subject to a $25.00 plus HST administration fee. 

Your online account will be utilized for certificate purposes and contact information.  Once you have successfully completed each stage, your certificate will be uploaded by OFAI staff to your online account.  You can access your certificate at any time during the validity period of the certificate.  

View Testing Calendar

Candidates are responsible for downloading the pre-assessment guides for your applicable assessment at www.ofai.ca/pre-assessment-guides and completing all the applicable forms in each guide to bring with you on your assessment day. The pre-assessment guide is an integral piece of information that will help you prepare for your assessments. This is a requirement as a part of your assessment.

This guide will give you step-by-step instructions on the following:

  • What to bring
  • What to expect when you arrive at FESTI
  • What to expect for each assessment
  • Required forms
  • Preparation information
  • Directions
  • Contact information

All candidates must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their testing time.  This will give you a chance to check-in, use the restroom etc.

Note: All registrations close five business days prior to each testing date.

Registering by Mail or In-Person

Registration Forms are available on our website for download and can be mailed to the OFAI administration office.   Assessment dates/times are available on our website or you can contact the administration office for a listing of upcoming dates. Please note that testing fills up quickly.   The OFAI will not confirm your assessment date/time until payment is received in full.  The OFAI will automatically cancel your assessment five business days prior to your assessment date/time if we have not received your payment in full. 

Once you have a confirmed assessment date/time, you will be required to download a copy of the pre-assessment Guide from our website www.ofai.ca/pre-assessment-guides. The pre-assessment guides are an integral piece of information that will help you prepare for your assessments. This is required as part of your assessment. This guide will give you step-by-step instructions on the following:

  • What to bring
  • What to expect when you arrive at FESTI
  • What to expect for each assessment
  • Required forms
  • Preparation information
  • Directions
  • Contact information

All candidates must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their testing time.  This will give you a chance to check-in, use the restroom etc.

Note: All registrations close five business days prior to each testing date.

Payments

Payment Methods:  Online payments are VISA and MasterCard.   We also accept Debit, Cash, Bank Drafts and Certified Cheques in-person at the OFAI administration office.   Your assessment date/time will not be confirmed until payment is received in full. Cheques/Bank Drafts must be made out to Ontario Fire Administration Inc.

All fees are in Canadian Dollars.

Receipts are automatically sent by email when participants register and pay online. Please be aware spam filters can block email receipts.

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. utilizes Moneris a third-party secure payment service provider that facilitates credit card payments. The OFAI and any third party affiliate assumes no liability for those using the registration function or payment function, and the user accepts that any dispute with regard to payment or distribution or use of information collected by Moneris - the payment service provider -  will be raised directly with them.

Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) reserves the right to cancel a scheduled assessment.   In the unlikely event of an assessment cancellation, we will issue a full refund for assessment fees only. OFAI is not responsible for any statements, acts, materials, or omissions by our evaluators, proctors or participants. The use of audio and video taping devices, beepers, and cell phones by participants is not permitted at any assessment. Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the testing facility. Cancellation of an assessment caused by any calamity, attack, or act of God, beyond the control of the OFAI and/or its third party affiliates and its agents does not constitute grounds for a refund.

Inclement weather:  Safety is of the utmost consideration when we are conducting our assessments.  When severe weather conditions exist, such as lightning, rain, sleet, snow or high winds, the staff at FESTI shall make an assessment of the conditions and will determine, at their discretion, if assessments will cease until conditions approve.

Rescheduling Policy: Rescheduling Policy: The OFAI will only re-schedule an appointment once. In order to be eligible for rescheduling, you must provide us with a written request that states your name, candidate ID number, your testing date/time and your requested re-schedule date/time. This request must be received no later than 7 days from your appointment date. Not all re-scheduling requests are granted. During peak recruitments, the re-scheduling policy may not be in effect. Candidates wishing to re-schedule are still bound to the terms and conditions of their original appointment.

Cancellation Policy:  There will be NO refunds if you cancel your assessment within five business days of your assessment date/time.  Any cancellation made prior to the five business day deadline will be refunded, less a $50.00 administration fee.  All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to info@ofai.ca to request the cancellation of the booked assessment(s). It is the user's responsibility to abide by the cancellation policy of each assessment. 

Candidates seeking cancellation within the five business day period prior to their test date will only receive a refund (less the $50 plus HST administration fee) if they can provide evidence that their ability to complete their assessment has been affected by serious illness or cause.

Serious Causes:

Serious Illness - hospital admission or serious injury: this must be accompanied by a medical note from a registered Medical Doctor.
Loss or Bereavement - death of a close family member: accompanied by a death certificate.
Hardship/Trauma - victim of a crime, victim of a traffic accident.

Users of the registration function agree that, subject to the Privacy Policy posted on this site, their information can be used to contact them in connection with the assessments and any other contact deemed necessary for running its assessments, subject to the laws governing sound internet practices.

All candidates acknowledge that by registering through this website and in-person, they will be required to complete the Assumption, Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement, the OFAI Candidate Agreement and forms that may be required for specific assessments.  Candidates are aware that if they fail to produce these required forms on or before their assessment day, that the assessment may be cancelled and re-scheduled at a later date, at the discretion of the OFAI.  In addition, a fee will be charged for the re-scheduled assessment date.

Candidates also acknowledge that they are willing to take part in our assessments.

Re-Test Policy

All OFAI failed assessments are subject to our re-test policy.  The re-test policy identifies the wait times candidates must follow before coming back to re-test.  The wait times are put in place to allow each candidate sufficient time to prepare (and in some cases, train) in order to be successful in their assessments.

The following identifies the OFAI re-test policy wait times:

1st Failure – 30 Days

2nd Failure – 30 Days

3rd Failure – 90 Days

4th Failure – 180 Days

Anything after a 4th failure will be subject to 180 day re-test policy.

Code of Conduct 

Acronym Definitions

OFAI: Ontario Fire Administration Inc.
CTS:  Candidate Testing Services
FESTI:  GTAA Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute

Working as a firefighter is a career founded on respect, trust, integrity and absolute professionalism.  Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) expects candidate behaviour to reflect these qualities at all times. Please be advised that if any breaches are made to the OFAI CTS Code of Conduct, swift and appropriate action will be taken in order to maintain this high standard. 

1.    The OFAI expects all candidates to be punctual for their assessments. Tardiness can result in cancellation of your assessment which will require a rebooking at the candidate’s expense.

2.    Please use appropriate language when communicating with OFAI administration staff, FESTI staff, and evaluators.  Foul or abusive language is not tolerated.

3.    Respect FESTI’s property and the CTS testing facilities. Damage caused by inappropriate candidate behaviour will be at the candidate’s expense and may warrant a permanent removal from the CTS process.

4.    Treat fellow candidates, OFAI administration staff, FESTI staff, and evaluators with courtesy and respect. The OFAI will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment. This behaviour may result in permanent removal from the CTS process, and an investigation by the appropriate authorities, if required.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission defines harassment as a form of discrimination. It involves any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates another individual.

Harassment occurs when someone:

a.    makes unwelcome comments or jokes about the following :

  • race 
  • national or ethnic origin 
  • colour
  • religion 
  • age 
  • sex 
  • sexual orientation 
  • marital status 
  • family status 
  • disability 
  • a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended.

b.    threatens or intimidates you. 

c.    makes unwelcome physical contact with you, such as touching, patting, pinching or punching, which can also be considered as assault.

5.    Participation in CTS under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited and will result in permanent removal from the CTS process.

6.    There is zero tolerance for cheating, impersonation, blackmail, bribery or any other fraudulent activity, real or implied. Any of these actions will result in immediate termination from the CTS process. 

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