Orientation & Time Trials

Please review the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) FAQ Section to answer any questions you may have regarding the CPAT testing process and registration.  Please note that the CPAT testing fee is $150.00.  The only person allowed in the Fire Station and/or on the CPAT course is the testing participant.  We are not able to accommodate additional people other than testing participants and on-duty staff.

Orientation & time trial Information

At the orientation session, candidates will view a videotaped presentation of the test, observe a demonstration of each event, receive "hands-on" familiarity with actual CPAT apparatus, and receive guidance on specific conditioning regimens and techniques to help them prepare for the test. Both orientations are the same and participants are encouraged to attend at least one of the orientation sessions if possible.

Candidates will be offered the opportunity to do two (2) time trial tests in the 30-day period leading up to a final CPAT test date.  The time trials are presented as a final test timed event, thus, if a participant successfully passes a time trial, then he/she has successfully passed the CPAT test and will be given a CPAT Certificate of Completion.

See the below test date schedule for current orientation and test dates as well as the CPAT registration form. Advanced registration for orientation(s), time trial sessions and final test is required.

View the 2020 CPAT Orientation and Testing Dates (PDF)

View the 2020 CPAT Application Form (PDF)

weather conditions

The CPAT testing process is conducted outdoors and orientations, time trials and final test will be conducted in almost any weather except for the following conditions as set forth by the IAFF CPAT Manual:

  • Temperature is below 45o F;
  • Heat index (temperature and humidity) is greater than 95o F;
  • Wind speed higher than 20 MPH;
  • There is a measurable amount of rain and/or lightening/thunder

If an orientation, time trial or test is cancelled due to any of the above weather conditions, participants will be notified via email in as timely a manner as possible.

Waiver of Orientation & Time Trials

Although the orientations and time trials set forth above must be treated as a mandatory condition for candidates taking the CPAT test, it is recognized that some candidates may believe that they are capable of passing the CPAT Test without attending the orientation and time trial sessions.

It is therefore permissible for candidates to be excused from this requirement upon receipt of a written and signed waiver from the candidate acknowledging that this orientation and practice program was made available to all candidates on an equal basis and that the candidate voluntarily and knowingly waives this opportunity.

View the Waiver Form (PDF)