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Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

The Candidate Physical Ability Test is a minimum requirement for the Fire Academy. The job of a Firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs, it requires a high level of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The CPAT consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fire ground. They are: Stair Climb, Hose Drag, Equipment Carry, Ladder Raise & Extension, Forcible Entry, Search, Rescue and Ceiling Breach & Pull.

The following information must be reviewed during the registration process:

CPAT Testing Location

Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461. Please report to Room SCD-156.  Campus Map


The fee for a Practice Session is $55.00. The fee for a Testing Session is $150.00. You must register by clicking on the link below.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration fees are non-refundable.  Because of this, we urge you to be thorough while registering.

Registration closes one day prior to the Test or Practice date.  If you wish to reschedule, you must reschedule with NTN at least seven days in advance of your scheduled session.  To reschedule, please contact NTN Customer Service at 1-866-563-3882.


To Test or Practice, Participants Must:

  • Register for an Orientation, Practice or Test Session online via the registration link.
  • Bring a valid picture ID.
  • DRESS CODE: long pants, closed-toe shoes with a back, single shirt (no double clothing), no head wear, no jewelry other than wedding ring, no shorts. 
  • Students MUST arrive 15 minutes PRIOR to scheduled start time. Anyone arriving late will not be allowed to participate or test.

CPAT Registration


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