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Preparing for CPAT Testing


The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a nationally recognized physical ability assessment designed to assess a candidate’s capacity to perform the physical tasks required of a firefighter. These tasks include:

  • Stair climb
  • Hose pull
  • Equipment carry
  • Ladder raise
  • Forcible entry
  • Search
  • Rescue
  • Ceiling pull

Both in-state and out-of-state results are accepted and must be within one calendar year of applying.

*Note: The Westminster Fire Department is not currently offering the CPAT exam. Candidates are encouraged to take the CPAT or prep-courses at other organizations referenced in Testing Facilities below. 

The CPAT Study Guide, Second Edition is an excellent resource to study prior completion of the CPAT test. 

FireTEAM Video Practice Tests provides two versions of practice tests that assess the candidates critical skills that are necessary to perform the job of a firefighter. There are two practice tests available for purchase; the basic practice test and the extended practice test.