Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)

​​​​Firefighting is a challenging and physically demanding job. Specific levels of physical conditioning are required to successfully perform the job functions of a Firefighter. The Virginia Beach Fire Department will utilize CPAT to assess each candidate's physical ability to complete critical firefighting tasks effectively and safely.

Candidates will have 3 opportunities to successfully pass the CPAT. Trial 1, Trial 2 (mentoring program only) and Trial 3 (final test).

Click here to view the CPAT Prep Manual

Click here to view the CPAT orientation video​

Mentoring Program (Trial 2)

Attending the Mentoring Program is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Candidates may attend as many mentoring sessions as they wish. Candidates will be trained in the skills to complete the CPAT test, including how to achieve the fitness levels needed to be firefighters. The Mentoring Program also allows candidates to participate in Timed Trials which are typically restricted to Mentoring Program participants ONLY. In these trials, the candidates are allowed to take as much time as necessary to complete the entire course. However, if the candidate does successfully complete the CPAT within the time limit, it will count as an official "Pass," and the candidate will not have to retake the CPAT. Unsuccessful candidates can continue to participate in the Mentoring Program and will have to sign up for the Final Test.

Final Test (Trial 3)

The final test is for candidates who have not yet been successful or did not test during Trial 1. This is the last opportunity to take the CPAT with VBFD. Unsuccessful candidates will be disqualified from the process. NOTE: VBFD will also accept valid CPAT cards (issued within specific dates) from other IAFF-licensed agencies.


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