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Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test

The Department has adopted CPAT as its firefighter physical ability entrance exam. This site is designed to provide you with current information about the test, how best to prepare for it, workshop opportunities and answer frequently asked questions.

NOTE: The CPAT is part of the firefighter hiring process. Testing is by invitation only. However, workshops are open to all potential candidates.


Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. Firefighters must posses above average cardiovascular capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance, and coordination. CPAT is a standardized test that mimics the essential and critical task of the job. Test success depends on fitness level but does not require knowledge of fire fighting skills or equipment.

CPAT is a timed, PASS/FAIL test. It consists of eight job related tasks performed in a continuous sequence. Candidates must complete the course in 10 minutes and 20 seconds or less. Review the Orientation Guide for details about the test including, test tasks, weight of objects, distances, course map, etc.

Test results will be added to the Scottsdale database. CPAT cards will not be issued.

CPAT Workshops

The Scottsdale Fire Department will host CPAT workshops year-round. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Registration is required. The workshop includes:

  • Testing process overview
  • General exercise principles
  • CPAT video
  • CPAT training techniques
  • Basic exercise training technique demo and practice
  • Opportunity to practice CPAT test tasks

CPAT Training Preparation Guide

The Training Preparation Guide is a comprehensive training document intended to help candidates get physically prepared for CPAT. The guide covers aerobic and strength training principles, safety tips, and includes generic workout routines. It provides detail descriptions of specific exercises for specific CPAT test tasks. Moreover, the guide offers strength training options, how to train with equipment and without. It even includes suggestions on to create props with ordinary materials to mimic some of the test tasks.

Last Update Oct. 31. 2007

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