Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) in Naperville
The Naperville Fire Department holds a limited license for the purpose of administering the Candidate Physical Ability Test, or CPAT, to assess the physical capability of firefighter candidates.
The CPAT is accepted by many fire departments across the United States, including the Naperville Fire Department, as a predictor of an applicant's ability to perform basic firefighting tasks. Upon successful completion of the test, a CPAT Identification Card will be issued to the candidate for use in the fire department hiring process. Learn more about the CPAT here.
Candidates applying to any fire department, not just those applying to the Naperville Fire Department, are permitted to register to take the CPAT in Naperville. Candidates taking the CPAT in Naperville also have the opportunity to satisfy the State-required ladder climb exercise. Learn more about the ladder climb exercise here.
2017 Naperville CPAT Schedule & Registration
- Registration Due Date – Friday, February 10, 2017
- Orientation** – Saturday, February 18, 2017
- Practice* – Saturday, March 11, 2017
- Test – Sunday, April 9, 2017
**Please note that orientation is mandatory for Session #1 due to this being Naperville's first administration of the CPAT. Subsequent sessions may not require attendance at orientation.
- Registration & Payment Due Date – Friday, February 24, 2017
- Orientation – Sunday, March 5, 2017
- Practice* – Sunday, April 2, 2017
- Test – Sunday, April 30, 2017
- Registration & Payment Due Date – Friday, March 31, 2017
- Orientation – Saturday, April 8, 2017
- Practice* – Saturday, May 6, 2017
- Test – Saturday, June 3, 2017
- Registration & Payment Due Date – Friday, August 4, 2017
- Orientation – Sunday, August 20, 2017
- Practice* – Saturday, September 16, 2017
- Test – Sunday, October 15, 2017
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the first scheduled session and must possess a valid government-issued driver's license or state I.D. card.
Sessions: Each CPAT session consists of an orientation, up to two practice tests, and one test.
Open Test Challenges: Open Test Challenges (one-time tries) are available for those candidates who do not wish to attend orientation and practice sessions. Candidates will waive the orientation and any practice upon arrival at the test. Candidates may challenge CPAT during Timed Course Practice dates or CPAT Test dates. Please select the session you wish to attend and fill out the corresponding registration form, which must be completed and received with your payment by the Naperville Fire Department no later than 5 p.m. on the date indicated.
Fee: $150.00 includes the CPAT orientation, up to two optional practice tests, and the final test. This fee also includes the opportunity to satisfy the State-required ladder climb exercise. The fee for Open Test Challenges is also $150.00.
Payment: All CPAT fees must be paid in full by check or money order payable to the "City of Naperville" at the time of registration.
Registration: Please select the session you wish to attend and fill out the corresponding registration form, which must be completed and received with your payment by the Naperville Fire Department no later than 5 p.m. on the date indicated. Completed registration forms and payment may be mailed to:
Naperville Fire Department
Attn: CPAT Program
1350 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Time: After submitting a registration form, candidates will receive an email from the Naperville Fire Department containing the candidate's assigned time for orientation.
Location: Naperville conducts all CPAT orientations, practices and tests at 1200 W. Ogden Avenue, Naperville IL 60563.
Attire: Participation in CPAT activities requires long pants (no shorts), a t-shirt of sweatshirt, footwear without an exposed heel or toe, and no loose or restrictive jewelry, including watches. Candidates not adhering to this dress code will not be allowed to participate in any CPAT activities.
Refunds: Refunds will not be given once your payment is received.
FAQs: See our CPAT Frequently Asked Questions webpage for additional information.
*PASSING THE CPAT: Candidates who successfully complete the CPAT during a practice session are eligible to receive a CPAT Identification Card and, therefore, are not required to take the CPAT on the later scheduled test date.
If you have questions about Naperville's CPAT program, please call (630) 420-6755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.