Candidate Physical Ability Test


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.  CVTC will be offering several CPAT tests in April/May of 2021.  If you already have a valid CPAT certificate, you will be required to upload the certificate document with your application.  If you need to acquire a CPAT certificate before CVTC’s spring offering, please contact the hiring process coordinator at 715-855-7529 or email at

The 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.