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Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

What is CPAT?


Mentor Class

This is a mentoring class to give extra help to candidates in need. It will include workouts, a CPAT practice run, as well as informative lectures, aiding candidates in preparing for the CPAT.

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Process #25

1st Orientation
Feb. 27, 2014

2nd Orientation
Mar. 13, 2014

1st Practice
Mar. 27, 2014

2nd Practice
Apr. 10, 2014

Apr. 24, 2014

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Process #26

1st Orientation
April 3, 2014

2nd Orientation
April 17, 2014

1st Practice
May 1, 2014

2nd Practice
May 15, 2014

May 29, 2014

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Candidates will be scheduled in 2 hour blocks and will be notified of their scheduled time.

*CPAT certificates will only be issued on the final test date.


Aims Community College, in cooperation with the Front Range Fire Consortium, will offer CPAT testing. Aims Community College has a limited CPAT license through the IAFF.

The job of a firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in North America. It requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This test is physically demanding and requires that you be physically fit to be successful. This candidate physical ability test (CPAT) consists of eight separate events that require you to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments to obtain pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.

CPAT standards require that each candidate have the opportunity to attend at least two (2) orientation sessions and two (2) timed practice runs using actual CPAT apparatus and completing the entire course.  A candidate may waive all of the aforementioned program components and be eligible to participate in a CPAT test. However, candidates choosing to waive any of orientations or timed practice runs must sign a waiver acknowledging that the orientation and practice program was made available and that the candidate is voluntarily and knowingly waiving their right to participate in the orientation and/or practice program.

CPAT questions must be submitted by using the following email address: