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Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium - Firefighter
Last updated on May 16, 2022
PST Partner Agency since January 15, 2021
The Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium (MFTC) conducts annual firefighter testing for employment with any of the departments belonging to the Consortium. Departments that are members of the MFTC are Big Sky FD, Billings FD, Bozeman FD, Butte-Silver Bow FD, Central Valley (Belgrade area) FD, Frenchtown FD, Kalispell FD, Great Falls FD, Havre FD, Helena FD, Lockwood FD, Miles City FD, Missoula FD, and Missoula Rural FD. Click on the profile below for information specific to each department.
WRITTEN EXAM: The MFTC requires candidates to complete both the written examination and CPAT through Public Safety Testing (PST). Written exam events are available via our online, in-home testing program, as well as in-person at PST test sites throughout the Pacific Northwest and at various partner college test sites across the US. Written exam events are also scheduled in Great Falls, MT annually.
- Written testing at MSU - Great Falls available every few weeks through May 2022
- Written testing at Idaho State University - Idaho Falls available every few weeks through May 2022
- Written testing monthly in Spokane, WA
- Written testing at Great Falls ExpoPark - May 13, 2022
CPAT: The MFTC requires candidates to complete both the written examination and CPAT through Public Safety Testing (PST). CPAT events (Orientation, Practice Test, & CPAT Test) are available in Kent, WA, and Spokane, WA. CPAT events are also scheduled in Great Falls, MT annually. If you have never taken a CPAT Test, you are highly encouraged to participate in a free CPAT Orientation.
- CPAT Testing in Kent, WA - check the Test & Event Calendar
- CPAT Testing in Spokane, WA in April 2022
- CPAT Orientation at Great Falls ExpoPark - May 13, 2022
- CPAT Practice Test at Great Falls ExpoPark - May 13, 2022
- CPAT at Great Falls ExpoPark - May 14, 2022
TESTING DEADLINES: The MFTC's next testing deadline is in May 2022. The Consortium is always available for testing in order to keep the candidate pool as current as possible. Departments will review scores on an as-needed basis, as determined by the agency. Be sure to review each department profile below to make sure you meet any department-specific deadline! Deadlines are set by each agency, not by PST.
Departments will reach out to candidates on an as-needed basis. Be sure to be responsive to any agency requests!
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Montana Code 7-33-4107. Qualifications of firefighters. Minimum requirements are described below (please note that some agencies have additional requirements as noted in their department profile).
Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium - Firefighter Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)||
Yes, required as described below
CPAT: The MFTC requires candidates to complete both the written examination and CPAT through Public Safety Testing (PST). CPAT events (Orientation, Practice Test, & CPAT Test) are available in Kent, WA, and in Spokane, WA. CPAT events are also scheduled in Great Falls, MT annually, the most recent was held March-May 2021. If you have never taken a CPAT test, we highly encourage you to participate in a CPAT Orientation.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident|
|High School Grad/ GED||Must have a high school graduate or have passed the general educational development test and have been issued an equivalency certificate by the superintendent of public instruction or by an appropriate issuing agency of another state or of the federal government.|
|Driver's License Required||Must possess or be eligible for a valid Montana driver’s license.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||May not have been convicted of a crime for which the applicant could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary.|
Shall pass a physical examination by a qualified physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse, who is not the applicant’s personal physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse, appointed by the employing authority to determine if the applicant is free from any mental or physical condition that might adversely affect the applicant’s performance of the duties of a firefighter, including requirements described in 7-33-1902.
Must be fingerprinted and a search must be made of the local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium - Firefighter
Big Sky FD, Billings FD, Bozeman FD, Butte-Silver Bow FD, Central Valley (Belgrade area) FD, Frenchtown FD, Kalispell FD, Great Falls FD, Havre FD, Helena FD, Lockwood FD, Miles City FD, Missoula FD, and Missoula Rural FD, MT
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below
TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
If you have tested with PST in the past 12 months, there may be additional positions you are now eligible to add. Several departments have temporarily changed their testing policies due to the suspension in testing that COVID-19 has caused. Please login to your PST account and navigate to the ‘New Positions’ page to see what departments you can add! We will regularly update that page in your account as departments send updates.
FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
To sign up for this placeholder event, select the June 15, 2020 test date in your category (police, fire, 911 dispatch, corrections, etc.).
You may also click on the test event of interest below to sign up:
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