FPC training and testing services have resumed. COVID-19 precautions remain in place. Contact our Training or Certification Divisions for any questions. Please refrain from attending a scheduled program should you have any COVID related symptoms or generally not feeling well.

Candidate Physical Ability Test


Candidate Physical Ability Testing (CPAT)

$175 IN-STATE  &  $200 OUT OF STATE


Please use the link below to sign up on line.

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                CPAT Spring 2021 Sessions Update

 Spring 5-Day CPAT session openings are still available by registering on the Fire Academy website. We’re running 3 sessions per day: 0800; 1000 and 1200, with a maximum of 25 candidates allowed per session to maintain social distancing. In addition, there is a one and done “special session” scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021. Closing dates for all sessions are 7 days prior to the starting date or when full. CPAT special sessions are intended for those who have previously passed CPAT and want to maintain a current CPAT card. They are not intended as a short-cut for first time CPAT candidates, however a small percentage of first timers pass the test based on their preparation and training. Please direct any questions to Joseph Nadeau at joseph.nadeau@ct.gov or call 860-264-9268.


For all 2021 CPAT Candidates
The CPAT Center opens and the sign-in times are 8:00am - 10:00am & 12:00pm. The doors are closed when each session starts. If you arrive after the posted registration 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 (www.ct.gov/cfpc). Click on the CPAT link and download the guide.

The CPAT weather cancelation line is (860) 264-9240. (recorded message)

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

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

                  (Due to Covid-19, we are waving our processing fee for cancellations until further notice) 

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.
  • Click Here for Directions to the Testing Site
  • Current List of IAFF/IAFC CPAT License holders: http://www.iaff.org/HS/Well/statelist.htm
  • Effective January 1, 2016 CFA no longer accepts cash for registration, transcripts, or certificates.