The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is required in order to apply at many fire departments and to enter the Aims Fire Academy. The CPAT test will challenge one's ability to surpass the physical demands of a career as a firefighter.
The test is made up eight continuous events testing strength and endurance. Each event is an activity that is found to be common in the fire service.
Aims Community College, in cooperation with with fire departments from across the state, offers CPAT testing. Aims Community College has a limited CPAT license through the IAFF.
Aims has a state-of-the-art, indoor training center and CPAT course at the Windsor campus (Public Safety Institute) and offers numerous testing dates throughout the year.
Successful candidates will be issued a certificate of completion valid for one year.
All fees are non-refundable. We will not reschedule any dates if the candidate fails to attend. Failure to attend your scheduled time for the CPAT Practices and/or official test will result in a forfeiture of those respective fees
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The CPAT orientation sessions will provide candidates with the following:
Two timed practice sessions will be offered within 30 days of the official CPAT test. The timed practice runs will provide the candidate with the following:
Candidates are highly encouraged to attend both orientations and both timed practice sessions. However, if candidates elect not to participate in one or both of the practice sessions, they must sign a waiver that acknowledges that they are voluntarily and knowingly waiving their right to participate.
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