Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) is a preliminary physical test allowing departments to asses a persons ability to perform daily firefighting tasks often seen on a fire scene. There are eight elements to the CPAT test. Those elements are a stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, ladder raise, maze search, victim drag, ceiling breach and pull, and forcible entry. This test was created and developed to seek out trainable and physically equipped individuals to create a hiring list. Peoria Fire Department conducts several sessions including an orientation and practice sessions. 

CPAT Frequently Asked Questions

What is CPAT?
  • The Candidate Physical Ability Test is a reliable way to gain insight on how individuals will function on a fire scene. It allows departments to see the physical capabilities of future candidates. 
I took the CPAT test last year. Is my card still valid? 
  • CPAT card must be valid within one (1) year of the Written Examination (01/13/24). 
Why do I need to take the CPAT?
  • Firefighting requires many physical skills that require stamina and agility. By 
Do I need to take the CPAT to participate in the written test?

Yes. In order to participate in the written test, a current CPAT card in required. 
Is there a cost to take the CPAT test?

City of Peoria residents are able to take the CPAT test free of charge. If you do not currently live within city limits, the cost to take the test is $150 per try.