|Greater St. Louis County Fire Academy
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
|CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (C.P.A.T.) INFORMATION
* Applicants with current CPAT certification shall have priority over those without CPAT certification for entry
into the St. Louis County Fire Academy.
* Applicants without CPAT certification will be allowed entry into the Fire Academy but must pass the CPAT in
order to graduate with their respective class.
* Candidates who do not pass the CPAT prior to completing the ninth (9th) week of their Academy training will not be
eligible to sit for any of the final exams, will not graduate with their class, and must repeat the entire course at their
own expense to obtain
St. Louis County certification.
The CPAT offered at the St. Louis County Fire Academy is ONLY for those individuals seeking employment within the
St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Pre-registration is required. Call Betty at 314-889-8670 to register. (There is no online registration.)
CPAT testing is offered twice a month (SUBJECT TO CHANGE). The location is:
St. Louis County Fire Academy, 1266 Sutter Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63133.
You must arrive by 8:45 for sign-in/check-in for ALL CPAT sessions whether it's your first session or a return session.
2017 CPAT DATES:
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 7/18: 8/1, 8/29, 9/5, final session: 9/19
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 8/1: 8/29, 9/5, 9/19, final session: 10/17
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 8/29: 9/5, 9/19, 10/17, final session: 10/24
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 9/5: 9/19, 10/17, 10/24, final session: 11/7
FULL - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 9/19: 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, final session: 11/28
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 10/17: 10/24, 11/7, 11/28, final session: 12/12
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 10/24: 11/7, 11/28, 12/12, final session: 12/19
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 11/7: 11/28, 12/12, 12/19, final session: 1/2/2018
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 11/28: 12/12, 12/19, 1/2/18, final session: 1/16/2018
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 12/12: 12/19, 1/2/18, 1/16/18, final session: 2/6/2018
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (first session)
Remaining dates if you don't pass on 12/19: 1/2/18, 1/16/18, 2/6/2018, final session: 2/20/2018
When you register for a session (see beginning dates above), the $100.00 covers five (5) sessions. You will receive an email with
the five dates. You have the option of taking a timed test during the first (Orientation) session. If you pass this timed test, it will
count as successful completion and you will be issued your CPAT card that day. If you don’t pass the timed test or choose to use
the first session as a practice session, you will return on the next scheduled date (those dates sent via email). During the next three
(3) sessions, you have the option of either taking a timed test or practicing the CPAT. Again, if you successfully complete a timed
session, it will count as successful completion and you will be issued your CPAT card that day. On the final (5th session), you
must successfully complete a timed test. If you do not pass a timed test by the 5th and final session, you must register for another
CPAT session and pay the applicable fee at that time.
The fee for the test is $100.00. All fees are non-refundable. The fee is due PRIOR to the first session. You may pay
with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover; a 2.5% service fee will be added to all credit card sales), Debit/Check card (no
service fee), or money order. Personal checks & cash are not accepted. (A 35' ladder climb is available for an additional $10.00.
Please notify us in advance if you need a ladder climb.)
You must submit IN ADVANCE the registration form and waiver, a valid government-issued photo I.D., proof of current medical
insurance, and payment for the test. Candidates who don't submit this information IN ADVANCE will not be allowed to test.
Your CPAT card is valid for one year (expiration date is shown on the card). The fee for a replacement card is $10.00.
Attire/dress: long pants (no shorts), athletic shoes & t-shirt.
St. Louis County Fire Academy provides convenient, professional administration of the Candidate Physical Ability Test for
firefighter candidates. The Candidate Physical Ability Test is the new minimum requirement for the position of Firefighter at
many fire departments in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. It is also a requirement for acceptance into the St. Louis County Fire
Academy. The St. Louis County Fire Academy provides the Candidate Physical Ability Test according to the IAFF/IAFC Joint
Labor-Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative.
The C.P.A.T. consists of eight (8) critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fire ground. This test is physically
demanding and requires that you be physically fit to be successful. This test, as well as the job of a firefighter, requires high levels
of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The CPAT is a sequence of events requiring you to
progress along a pre-determined 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.
The eight (8) physical tasks in this test are:
1. Stair Climb
2. Hose Drag
3. Equipment Carry
4. Ladder Raise and Extension
5. Forcible Entry
8. Ceiling Breach and Pull
This is a pass/fail test based on a validated maximum total time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
In these events, you wear a 50-pound (22.68-kg) vest to simulate the weight of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and
firefighter protective clothing. An additional 25 pounds (11.34 kg), using two 12.5-pound (5.67-kg) weights that simulate a high-
rise pack (hose bundle), is added to your shoulders for the stair-climb event.
Throughout all events, you must wear long pants, a hard hat with chin strap, work gloves, and footwear with no open heel or toe.
Watches and loose or restrictive jewelry are not permitted.
All props were designed to obtain the necessary information regarding your physical ability. The tools and equipment were chosen
to provide the highest level of consistency, safety, and validity in measuring your physical abilities.
The events are placed in a sequence that best simulates fire scene events while allowing an 85-foot (25.91-m) walk between events.
To ensure the highest level of safety and to prevent exhaustion, no running is allowed between events.
This walk allows you approximately 20 seconds to recover and regroup before each event. To ensure scoring accuracy by
eliminating timer failure, two stopwatches are used to time the CPAT. One stopwatch is designated as the official test time
stopwatch, the second is the backup stopwatch. If mechanical failure occurs, the time on the backup stopwatch is used. The
stopwatches are set to the pass/fail time and count down from 10 minutes and 20 seconds. If time elapses prior to the completion
of the test, the test is concluded and you fail the test.