Naperville Fire Department Announces 2018 Schedule of Physical Ability Tests for Firefighter Candidates

Naperville is one of only four CPAT administrators in the state

The Naperville Fire Department will offer four opportunities in 2018 for firefighter candidates looking for employment to prepare for and take the physical ability test required by many departments during the application process.

Naperville is one of only four locations in the State of Illinois licensed to administer the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). This standardized test is used by many departments nationwide, including the Naperville Fire Department, as a predictor of an applicant’s ability to perform basic firefighting tasks.

Each of the four sessions offered in Naperville in 2018 will include an orientation and mentoring process that begins eight weeks prior to each test. Tests are scheduled on the following Saturdays: February 24, May 5, July 14 and September 22.

The Naperville Fire Department began administering the test in 2017 to provide a potentially more convenient test site option for candidates in addition to the opportunity for candidates to train for the test with skilled Naperville firefighters as their proctors.

“Our fire department, along with many others throughout the United States, places a great deal of importance on this test as a way to recruit quality candidates,” said Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis. “We were very happy with the success of this program in its first year, and we look forward to helping countless more firefighter candidates train for and pass this test in the years to come.”

Naperville administers the CPAT at 1200 W. Ogden Ave.

The Candidate Physical Ability Test consists of eight activities, which candidates must complete in less than 10 minutes and 20 seconds while wearing a hard hat, gloves and a weighted vest to simulate the weight of firefighting equipment. Exercises include a stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, ladder raise and extension, forcible entry, search, rescue and ceiling breach and pull. Success is measured on a pass/fail basis.

More information about the CPAT program in Naperville and how to register for the first session of 2018, which begins with an orientation on January 6, 2018 and culminates with a final test on February 24, 2018, can be found at

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