Please review the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) FAQ Section to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the CPAT testing process and registration. Please note that the CPAT Testing fee is $165.  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.


The CPAT test will be administered in accordance with the specifications and requirements of the IAFF/IAFC CPAT Program (IAFF, second edition). Candidates should arrive at the test site approximately 20 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. test time to allow for personal preparation (stretching, warm-up, etc.). You must present valid photo identification and sign a number of forms before taking the CPAT test. A video detailing the CPAT test events and the failure points will be shown. It is your responsibility to ask questions if you do not understand any parts of the test events or procedures.  At the conclusion of the CPAT, participants must sign a rehabilitation form prior to leaving the test site.

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.

Post CPAT Test

Candidates who have paid the $165 registration fee and successfully complete a CPAT time trial or test will receive one original site-validated certificate. Additional certificates may be obtained via a written request and for an additional $10 processing fee.

Candidates who fail to pass a CPAT time trial or test will be excused from the site without documentation. The purpose of the West Allis Fire Department’s CPAT Program is to provide participants with an opportunity to successfully pass the CPAT test. Failures will not be documented, and files of failed attempts will not be maintained. However, a general file of candidates and their results will be maintained. Candidates may test as often as they wish, provided they proceed through the process described within the West Allis Fire Department’s CPAT instructions. Inquiries from other agencies regarding failed CPAT attempts will not be provided.