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Candidate Physical Ability Test Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I register for a CPAT workshop and/or CPAT test?

2. Who can take the CPAT workshop? Are there any prerequisites or requirements?

3. Do I have to take a CPAT workshop before taking the test?

4. Is the CPAT test accepted by all Valley fire departments? Can I use a test result from another test I've taken?

5. If I take Scottsdale Fire's CPAT test will I receive a CPAT card or letter? Are the results transferable if I'm testing somewhere else?

6. If I pass Scottsdale's CPAT but am not hired right away, do I have to take the test again later? If yes, how often?  

1. How can I register for a CPAT workshop and/or a CPAT test?

The Scottsdale Fire Department will offer CPAT workshops year-round. 

See a list of CPAT workshop's and instructions about how to register.

CPAT testing is part of the fire fighter candidate hiring process. Therefore, open testing is not offered. Candidates must be invited to the test.

 

2. Who can take the CPAT workshop? Are there any prerequisites or requirements?

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in a CPAT workshop. There are no other prerequisites or requirements.

 

3. Do I have to take a CPAT workshop before taking the test?

No, however, most candidates find the workshops helpful. Valuable training tips are covered in addition to what to expect on test day.

 

4. Is the CPAT test accepted by all Valley fire departments? Can I use my test result from another test I've taken?

CPAT is being used by most but not all Valley fire departments. The Scottsdale Fire Department does not accept previous CPAT test results. Candidates must take the Scottsdale test when invited.

 

5. If I take Scottsdale Fire's CPAT test will I receive a CPAT card or letter? Are the results transferable if I'm testing somewhere else?

If you are invited to take Scottsdale Fire Department's CPAT test you will know the day of the exam if you passed. You will not receive a CPAT card or letter. The City of Scottsdale does not share its CPAT test results with other agencies.

 

6. If I pass Scottsdale's CPAT but am not hired right away, do I have to take the test again later? If yes, how often?

Generally speaking, CPAT results are good for a maximum of 6 months. However, decisions about retest requirements will be made during each hiring process.

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