As we continue to move to a more online registration and record-keeping system, we are providing you with directions on common areas that you need to be familiar with:  Creating an Account, Registering for a Class, Registering for a Certification Exam, and Other important functions. For a listing of each of these functions click below    

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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.

Use the link below to see the full list.


Connecticut Fire Academy CPAT

    Registration for the Fall 5-day CPAT sessions will open on Monday, July 1, 2024. The schedule for the Fall sessions is as follows:

Group 1 – Orientation 1 (8-8), Orientation 2 (8-22), Practice test 1 (9-5), practice test 2 (9-19), final CPAT test (10-3) Registration for Group 1 closes August 5, 2024, at 4:30 p.m.

Group 2 Orientation 1 (8-10), Orientation 2 (8-24), Practice test 1 (9-7), Practice test 2 (9-21), final CPAT test (10-5) Registration for Group 2 closes August 7, 2024, at 4:30 p.m.

Special session / test days only, are scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2024 and Saturday, August 17, 2024. Registration closes 3 days before the scheduled special session and invoices must be paid by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date. Additional Special Sessions may be added if the need arises.


To register for the CPAT sessions, you must set up an Acadis portal account at .

The CPAT Training Center is located at 2014 North Broad Street in Meriden, CT. Please direct any questions to Joseph Nadeau at 860-264-9268 or .


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 ( 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

  • 2024 CPAT Refund Policy

    The CPAT 5-day testing fee is $175.00 and the CPAT Special Session (test day only) fee is $125. If you need to withdraw from a class utilize the Acadis Portal. Log into the Acadis Portal, navigate to the class/CPAT session and cancel your registration.

    This communication must be received at least two days prior to the candidate’s first scheduled orientation. Requests for refunds received on or after the candidate’s first orientation date will not be considered. Special exceptions may be applied under the direction of the State Fire Administrator and/or the Director of Training. Please note that refunds may take up to 30 Days.

  • In order to attend ANY CPAT session, a student must be at least 18 yrs of age before the start of the first session.  Underage students will be refused entry without any refund.  By checking this box I attest that I will be at least 18 yrs old prior to the start of the first session.


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:
  • Effective January 1, 2016 CFA no longer accepts cash for registration, transcripts, or certificates.