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.



To take CVTC’s CPAT exam, you must fill out the 2015 CPAT Registration form.  A credit card is needed to register.  The 2015 CPAT registration form will be mailed to you after the application period closes.  You may also download the 2015 CPAT Registration form at the link provided below.  Please do not send in your 2015 CPAT Registration form until you’ve been notified as to which fire departments have accepted your application.

2015 CPAT Registration Form Coming Soon


CPAT Documents

CPAT Preparation Guide

CPAT Orientation Guide


Official CPAT Exam Date

April 24 or 25, 2015.  Individual times will be assigned later in the hiring process.


Practice Sessions

CVTC will be offering three practice sessions for applicants to run through the CPAT course.  Full CPAT Practice Sessions are run on a first come first serve basis and will continue until all candidates have had a chance to participate.

​2/27/2015, 7-9pm partial CPAT walk-through session
3/28/2015, 1-4pm​ ​full CPAT practice session
4/4/2015, 1-4pm​ full CPAT practice session​

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.