Candidate Physical Ability Test

2019 CPAT
Fall Full Sessions - sign up ON-LINE - only

$175 IN-STATE  &  $200 OUT OF STATE


Please use the link below to sign up on line.

Click “find more classes” to see the full list.

CPAT special sessions on August 30 and September 15. 

These sessions are for candidates who have already taken CPAT and need to update their certificate. 

Start time for both special sessions is 8:00AM

$125 In-State & $150  Out of State



  • Or see below under frequently asked questions
  • The CT Fire Academy is currently running only special sessions.
  • The fall dates for the full series will be available mid June for online registration.
  • All CPAT is at our Meriden Location - See below


For all 2019 CPAT Candidates
The CPAT Center opens and the sign-in begins 30 minutes prior to the start time of each listed event. The doors are closed when each session starts. If you arrive after the posted start time and the doors are closed you are late and will not be admitted. The Proctor in Charge determines when candidates are late and their decision is final. If you are late for a test and denied entry you will not be offered a make-up test date. You are responsible to plan for delays caused by traffic accidents or congestion.

Attendance at orientations and practice tests is optional, but highly recommended. If you miss an orientation or practice test you will need to sign our waiver that we offered the event to you and you voluntarily declined to attend. This has no bearing on attending subsequent events.

The CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide is available on our website ( Click on the CPAT link and download the guide.

The CPAT weather cancelation line is (860) 627-6363 Extension 415. (recorded message)

Directions to the CPAT Center - 2014 North Broad Street, Meriden, CT 06450

Any questions or issues please email:
  • Please note $50 dollars of the CPAT fee is a non-refundable processing fee.
  • This processing fee will be deducted from all refunds issued.


What is CPAT?

The Candidate Physical Ability Test is a practical exam used to test a candidate's physical ability to perform job tasks related to firefighting. CPAT is a physically demanding test that requires a candidate to use his or her physical, mental abilities and, in some cases, balance. The CPAT involves eight events that must be completed in 10 minutes 20 seconds. The CPAT process is used in the selection of firefighters in participating fire agencies throughout the State of Connecticut.


When CPAT Registration is open:


  • Please allow up to 5-10 business days for certificate replacement.
  • Effective January 1, 2016 - Cash is no longer accepted.
  • Click Here for Directions to the Testing Site
  • Current List of IAFF/IAFC CPAT License holders:
  • Effective January 1, 2016 CFA no longer accepts cash for registration, transcripts, or certificates.