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.

Click here to view the CPAT Prep Manual

CPAT Orientation

Attendance is not mandatory, but is recommended if you are not familiar with the CPAT. The orientation will include a short video on the CPAT followed by a tour of each of the eight stations that make up the test: Stair Climb, Hose Drag, Equipment Carry, Ladder Raise and Extension, Forcible Entry, Search and Rescue, and Ceiling Breach and Pull.

Visit each stage and details about the CPAT Orientation here

Mentoring Program

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

The Final Test dates are for candidates who have not yet been successful. 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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