The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a nationally recognized test that is used to measure a candidate's ability to do the physical demands of being a firefighter. For more information, click the link below.

Successful CPAT certification is valid for one year following the date of certification. The test can be used to fulfill the physical ability requirement for any fire department that accepts CPAT certification, including the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Applicants may not need to take the CPAT at the Grand Rapids Fire Department if they can produce a current, valid CPAT certification.


The CPAT test consists of eight separate events meant to simulate a physical skill that firefighters experience. Participants are required to complete all eight events on a closed course within 10 minutes and 20 seconds. 

  • Stair Climb

  • Hose Drag

  • Equipment Carry

  • Ladder Raise and Extension

  • Forcible Entry

  • Search

  • Rescue Drag

  • Ceiling Breach and Pull


The CPAT evaluation is free for those whom are selected to participate in the physical agility portion of the Grand Rapids hiring process.