The physical skills a firefighter needs to possess will be tested in this portion of the testing process. This exam is very strenuous because the work of a firefighter can be very strenuous. The test is comprised of eight (8) events in which you will have to lift, carry, pull and climb to show that you have the ability to do the activities required of a firefighter. Each event demonstrates an important physical ability.
The CPAT will be administered at Utah Valley University. Not all candidates will initially be invited to attend the CPAT; rather candidates will be sent as needed according to department openings. If a candidate can provide documentation that they have successfully completed a CPAT test within the last year, they will not be required to retake the CPAT test in Utah.
Those invited to participate in the CPAT will be emailed a CPAT orientation guide/preparation manual and the option to go through an orientation and practice session prior to the final test date. Candidates may also wish to view YouTube videos of the CPAT in order to prepare.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU SHOULD BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PHYSICAL ABILITY EXAM TO PREVENT INJURY OR AGGRAVATION OF ANY EXISTING CONDITION THAT YOU MAY HAVE. ALL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A RELEASE OF LIABILITY.