CPAT Phone: (708)579-2064
ATTENTION CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT CANDIDATES!!
The CPAT certification must be current and valid by the candidate’s start date in the Fire Training Academy. The City of Chicago recommends that candidate’s work on obtaining their CPAT certification AFTER successful completion of the written exam with consideration of their assigned lottery number. Please note, CPAT certifications are only valid for one year and will need to be renewed annually.
Candidate Physical Ability Test
The Southwest United Fire Districts Fire Training Academy (SUFD) serves the Chicago Metro area. The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a pre-employment test developed in cooperation between the International Association of Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is comprised of a comprehensive orientation, preparation and testing program. Individuals may register and take part in CPAT Pre-Certification for use in fire department hiring processes. These candidates must declare the departments they are testing for during registration. Upon successful completion of the test a CPAT Identification Card will be issued to the candidate.
Testing fees will be $165.00 and payment is required at time of registration. Payment by check, money order or cash only. Registration fee is non-refundable after orientation session.
Candidates who elect to sign waiver of participation in orientation period may challenge CPAT during Timed Course Practice test dates or CPAT Test Dates by appointment only. Appointments may be requested at email@example.com. Registration fee is required prior to each test attempt. Each session begins with an Orientation meeting and Station Practice session to familiarize the candidate with the CPAT. Candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions of the proctor staff and Peer Fitness Trainers and to view orientation video of the course and process. As part of the orientation and preparation process, candidate orientation guides and test preparation guides are available for downloading or viewing at www.sufd.org.
Testing & Orientation Facility Location
Chicago Roofers Apprenticeship Training Center
Indian Head Park, IL 60525
(This is a private road accessed at approximately 7014 So. Wolf Rd.)
See detailed map and directions at www.sufd.org
What to wear to the CPAT Practices and Test…
For safety reason you are required to wear LONG PANTS, a t-shirt or sweatshirt, and GYM SHOES (footwear without an exposed heel or toe).
Additionally you cannot wear any loose or restrictive jewelry, including watches. No shorts or sandals are allowed.
Candidates NOT adhering to this dress code WILL NOT be allowed to participate in any CPAT activities
Candidate Physical Ability Test Center
|Convenience: All materials, equipment, and manpower are provided throughout the process. Your department will not have the large expense associated with equipment purchases, equipment storage, and training instructors.Time: The SUFD CPAT program can save your agency time by providing all the necessary comprehensive physical ability services normally conducted by agency staff.
Protection: The CPAT is a legally defensible, validated testing process that gives you the tools to hire the best possible applicants for your department. It meets criteria established by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), United States Dept. of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Transportability: CPAT is designed for the entire fire service, the “gold standard” of physical ability testing. It is recognized around the globe as a validated process and is accepted by many fire departments across the United States.