Candidate Physical Ability Test

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a required part of the application process in the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Regional Fire Department Hiring Process.

The CPAT exam is offered in Eau Claire through CVTC and we will not accept CPAT taken at any other location.

Any candidate that passes the CPAT course during a practice session will  be given a CPAT certificate and will not have to repeat the CPAT course on the official test date.

The Ergometrics exam will also be offered later in the evening after each practice exam.  Only those candidates which successfully pass the CPAT course will be allowed to take the Ergometrics exam.



To take CVTC’s CPAT exam, you must fill out the 2019 CPAT Registration form.  A credit card is needed to register.  The 2019 CPAT registration form will be emailed to you after the application period closes.  Please do not send in your 2019 CPAT Registration form until you’ve been notified as to which fire departments have accepted your application.


CPAT Documents

CPAT Preparation Guide/

CPAT Orientation Guide


Official CPAT Exam Date & Ergometrics Testing

April 27th, 2019.  Individual times will be assigned later in the hiring process.


CPAT Orientations

February 22nd, 2019, 7-9 pm  (partial course available)
April 27th, 2019,  9-10 am  (full course set up)


Practice Sessions

March 30th, 2019  2-5 pm           Ergometrics at 3:30p & 6p 

April 6th, 2019  2-5 pm               Ergometrics at 3:30p & 6p


CVTC will be offering two practice sessions for applicants to run through the CPAT course.  Candidates wishing to participate in a CPAT practice session must sign up on the CPAT Practice Session Calendar which will appear on this page after apps close.  Only one practice session is allowed per day.  There are 13 slots open every hour.  In the event all times slots fill up, we will open an additional 13 slots for the 5pm hour.


Please make sure to watch the video below for detailed information.  After applications close, a sign up sheet will appear on this page.  Applicants which want to participate in the practice CPAT exams will need to sign up prior to the date.  Sign up early for the best time slots!




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.