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Firefighter CPAT

For firefighter candidates, we administer the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) developed and licensed by the IAFF/IAFC. PST is a licensed CPAT provider. The CPAT consists of eight job-specific events that must be administered following rigorous and detailed testing and equipment standards.

The 8 CPAT events are:

  • Stair Climb
  • Hose Drag
  • Equipment Carry
  • Ladder Raise
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search
  • Rescue Drag
  • Ceiling Breach & Pull

  • CPAT Introductory Video


Mandatory Test Requirements

The CPAT standards require that candidates attend two Candidate Orientations and two Practice Tests prior to their actual CPAT test.  While candidates may waive these requirements, we strongly encourage them to attend, especially if they have not taken a prior CPAT test. 

CPAT Proctors

We have a team of trained peer fitness trainers and proctors to instruct & test candidates in all CPAT events.  Our CPAT proctors are incumbent firefighters from around the region!  Candidates enjoy and appreciate being able to talk with incumbent firefighters about the job and the testing process.

CPAT Testing & Training Centers

Kent, WA Location.  Our state of the art CPAT Testing & Training facility is located in Kent, WA.  This location provides excellent access via I-5, I-405, SR 167, SR 18 and the SeaTac International Airport. Multiple CPAT events occur monthly at this location.  View our Test & Event Calendar to view the schedule.

Spokane, WA Location.  We also offer CPAT events & testing in Spokane, WA at the Spokane Fire Training Complex.   CPAT events occur at least quarterly at this location.  View our Test & Event Calendar to view the schedule.

If you or other members or your agency are interested in a tour or would like to observe CPAT events while they are occurring, please contact us to arrange a no-obligation site visit.

CPAT Audit

In June 2012, a random & mandatory audit was conducted by the IAFF - the CPAT licensing authority. This in-depth audit consisted of three phases; Phase 1 was an administrative audit.  Our forms, database, data collection & reporting, and EEOC compliance processes were all examined.  Phase 2 was a proctor audit where our proctor and peer fitness trainer's training & certifications were examined and confirmed.  Phase 3 was a course and equipment audit.  Each and every piece of equipment was evaluated to ensure its' compliance with the CPAT manual and the coefficient of friction of the floor surface was measured.  We are pleased to report that we passed the audit and are fully compliant with all requirements of the CPAT Manual.

How We Can Help You

  • If you currently administer the CPAT but are looking to save money and staff time, PST can administer the CPAT for your candidates.  We can conduct special CPAT dates specifically for your agency, or you may send candidates to any of our convenient CPAT event dates. This is a huge cost benefit versus conducting your own test.
  • If you currently DO NOT administer the CPAT and are interested in doing so, we can help you file the necessary licensing paperwork and assist with the mandatory CPAT Validity Transportability Study.  Once completed, your agency will be CPAT licensed and you’ll be able to offer a job-related, validated and defensible physical ability test for selection of your firefighter candidates.
  • If you want PST to handle the entire recruiting, written testing & CPAT testing for your candidates as we do for hundreds of other public safety agencies, please contact us  to learn how easy it is to get started.

CPAT Validity Transportability Study

For your agency to be CPAT licensed, it is required that a CPAT Validity Transportability Study be conducted.  This study will validate the use of the CPAT for selection of your firefighter candidates.  While this may sound onerous, it is not.  We have assisted many fire departments with this process.  You will collect some data and we will have experts analyze it and issue a report for your agency.  The end result is that you will have a valid, defensible, and job-related physical ability test for your firefighter candidates.