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Candidate Physical Ability Test


Candidate Physical Ability Testing (CPAT)

CPAT 5-Day Program - $175

CPAT Special Session - $125

Please use the link below to sign up on line.

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Connecticut Fire Academy Spring 2023 CPAT

Registration for the Spring 2023 5-day sessions and 1-day special sessions will open February 1, 2023. The 5-day testing process will begin March 18, 2023 or later depending on which sessions you sign up for. The first 2 special sessions / test days only are scheduled for April 12th and 23rd.  Please note: All orientation and testing dates will be posted on the portal when you log in to register for the sessions. The CPAT Training Center is located at 2014 North Broad Street in Meriden. Please direct any questions to Joseph Nadeau at joseph.nadeau@ct.gov or call 860-264-9268.


For all CPAT Candidates
The CPAT Center opens and the sign-in times are 8:00am – 8:30am & 12:00pm
12:30p.m. 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. 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 a 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

  • Registered candidates who wish to withdraw from the CPAT testing process may do so by emailing joseph.nadeau@ct.gov at least two (2) days prior to the candidate’s scheduled session. Requests for refunds will not be considered if less than two (2) days’ notice is given.
  • Please note, $50 dollars of the CPAT fee is a non-refundable processing fee which 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.
  • 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.