Candidate Physical Ability Test

CVTC plans on offering the CPAT test in the spring of 2022.  Dates and times will be announced after the first of the year.  Please check back then for specifics.  If you need a CPAT cert prior to the spring of 2022, please see below for alternative options.

In order to qualify for employment with one of our partnering fire departments, you must have a valid CPAT certificate dated within 12 months from your date of hire.

If you already have a valid CPAT certificate, you will be required to upload the certificate to your application. Here are directions on how to upload your CPAT to your application – Click Here

Contact the CPAT test coordinator at or 715-855-7529 with any questions.



If you need to acquire a CPAT certificate before CVTC’s spring offering you can investigate offerings at the websites below:

CVTC’s CPAT course is located at CVTC’s Emergency Services Education Center at 3623 Campus Road   Eau Claire, WI  54703

CPAT Documents

The following documents are provided by the IAFF/IAFC to better prepare you for your CPAT test.  Please review the Prep Guide and Orientation Guide to better understand the test requirements.

CPAT Preparation Guide/

CPAT Orientation Guide




The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a sequence of eight events requiring you to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments to find pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.