Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Candidate Physical Ability Test - CPAT

The Chandler Fire Department Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a standardized physical ability test adopted by the CFD as part of hiring process. The test is designed to identify individuals who have the physical attributes to perform the job of a firefighter. The CPAT is conducted by "invitation only" to prospective candidates.

  • No CPAT orientation classes or tests are currently scheduled.

Below you will find, a detailed description of the CPAT, information about how to register for a CPAT orientation training class, and answers to frequently asked questions about the CPAT.


    CPAT Tasks

    The position of a firefighter requires above average aerobic/anaerobic capacity, endurance, strength, and flexibility. The CPAT consists of eight separate job related physical tasks performed in a continuous sequence. Each task is a pass/fail objective. The tasks are listed below:

    • The stair climb
    • The hose pull
    • The equipment carry
    • The ladder raise
    • Forcible entry
    • The search
    • The rescue
    • The ceiling pull


    CPAT Orientation Class

    The Chandler Fire Department offers a free Candidate Physical Ability orientation class prior to conducting the CPAT. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

    Orientation includes:

    • Information about the physical and mental aspects of firefighting.
    • A discussion of basic exercise concepts.
    • Specific CPAT physical training tips.
    • A CPAT video that describes and demonstrates each test task, i.e. the clips listed above.
    • An opportunity to practice test tasks.


    Other CPAT Resources

    Until the next Chandler Fire Dept. CPAT is scheduled, potential candidates are encouraged to find and participate in other CPAT preparation programs: