Prepare for the Candidate Physical Ability Test


Program Overview

The job of a fire fighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in North America. It requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fireground. This test is physically demanding and requires that you be physically fit to be successful. Visit our Candidate Preparation Guide to assist you with physically preparing yourself for the test.

Full Program Cost: $150

  • 8 week course that includes in depth mentoring sessions (access to a mentor up to the time of the final test
  • 2 practice tests
  • Final test and certification

Test & Certificate Only Cost: $110

A discounted rate will be available to an organization or department interested in testing a large group.

What To Expect

Following the Civil Service test, applicants can expect the following:

  • Placed on a list based on your performance
  • Evaluation of any extra elements 
    (veteran status, bi-lingual qualifications, etc.)
  • Physical evaluation (CPAT test)
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Interview by panel

Applicants who pass through the above phases, will be considered for the Denver Fire academy (based on the number of employees needed).

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