Candidate Physical Ability Test


CVTC will be hosting 3 CPAT sessions in August/September.  The first two sessions are categorized as practice dates however any candidate can choose to ‘test’ if they believe they are ready to challenge the test.  Each candidate will be required to identify whether they are ‘practicing’ or ‘testing’ when checking in.  All three CPAT dates are listed below.

Sunday August 30th   9am-1pm

Sunday September 13th  9am-1pm

Sunday September 20th  9am – 11am

To take the CPAT through CVTC, you must complete two steps:

1.   Pay for the CPAT test.  Follow the link sent to you in the registration email.  A credit card is required to pay for the CPAT test.

2.  Once paid, click on the ‘Sign up CPAT’ button on this page and identify the date and time you wish to attend.  Please only sign up for one date.  If you fail the CPAT test, you will be allowed to sign up for an additional date afterwards.

***If you already have a valid CPAT certification and wish to apply it towards CVTC’s Regional Fire Department Hiring Process, please contact the Jeff Dykes at to get additional instructions.***

If you are NOT applying to one of the Fire Departments in CVTCs department consortium and wish to take the CPAT, please contact Jeff Dykes for further instructions.


Please call the Jeff Dykes, CPAT Coordinator, at 715-855-7529 with any questions.  Or email him at


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


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.