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.

Naperville 2021 CPAT Schedule & Registration

Session 1

Orientation/Practice February 26, 2021
Practice #1 March 6, 2021
Practice #2 April 2, 2021
Final May 1, 2021

Session 2

Orientation/Practice May 7, 2021
Practice #1 May 15, 2021
Practice #2 June 11, 2021
Final July 10, 2021

Session 3

Orientation/Practice July 16, 2021
Practice #1 July 24, 2021
Practice #2 August 20, 2021
Final September 18, 2021

Session 4

Orientation/Practice September 24, 2021
Practice #1 October 2, 2021
Practice #2 October 29, 2021
Final November 27, 2021

    One-Time Challenge Days

    The Naperville Fire Department will offer open Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) challenges 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. 

    Session 1                                                                             

    March 19, 2021
    April 17, 2021

    Session 2 

    May 28, 2021
    June 26, 2021

    Session 3 

    August 6, 2021
    September 4, 2021

    Session 4 

    October 15, 2021
    November 13, 2021

    Registration: Please follow the link to register. Upon submission of your registration form, you will be receiving an email 7 to 10 days prior to your first testing day with more information. If you have already submitted a registration and need to change it, please email  Please do not fill out an additional form.  

    Register for a CPAT Session


    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 ID card.

    Sessions: Each CPAT session consists of an orientation, up to two practice tests and one test.

    One-Time Challenges: One-time 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.

    Fee: $150 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 one time challenges is also $150.

    Payment: All CPAT fees must be paid in full by check or money order payable to the "City of Naperville" on the day of your scheduled session.

    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 or 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