Candidate Physical Ability Test

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is designed to identify people who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.

Successful CPAT participants will be given a certification verifying successful completion of the test. This certificate will facilitate the hiring process for departments requiring successful CPAT completion.

A photo I.D. will be required to take the CPAT.

The test is scheduled twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.

CPAT Practice Times

Video only

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 1-3 p.m.

Video and Practice

  • Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 1-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1-3 p.m.


Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Overland Park Fire Training Center
12401 Hemlock
Overland Park, KS 66213




Please follow enrollment procedures found on this page. Once enrolled, please call 913-895-8405 for a time for your test. You need to call for a specific time to take the test but you do not need to sign for a time for practice.

Test Forms

You must present valid identification and sign a number of forms before taking the CPAT. Prior to the start of the CPAT you must complete the Sign-in Form. You are provided an opportunity to review a video detailing the CPAT and the failure points. It is your responsibility to ask questions if you do not understand any parts of the test events or procedures. You are required to complete the Waiver and Release Form. At the conclusion of the CPAT, you must sign the CPAT Evaluation Form. Additionally, prior to leaving the rehabilitation area, you must complete and sign the Rehabilitation Form. If you fail to complete and sign any of these forms you fail the CPAT.

What to Expect for the Test

CPAT candidates are required to attend two timed practice sessions, however, there is a waiver form on which they can waive their right to practice when they arrive on test day.

To sign up for a time slot on the day of the test or if you have any other questions about the test or practices call 913-895-8405.