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 2019 CPAT Schedule & Registration

Session 1

  • Orientation - January 4
  • Practice #1 - January 12
  • Practice #2 - February 8
  • Final Test - March 9

Session 2

  • Orientation - March 15
  • Practice #1 - March 23
  • Practice #2 - April 19
  • Final Test - May 18

Session 3

  • Orientation - May 24
  • Practice #1 - June 1
  • Practice #2 - June 28
  • Final Test - July 27

Session 4

  • Orientation - August 2
  • Practice #1 - August 10
  • Practice #2 - September 6
  • Final Test - October 5

Session 5

  • Orientation - October 11
  • Practice #1 - October 19
  • Practice #2 - November 15
  • Final Test - December 14

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. One time challenges will be held on: 

  • January 4, 2019
  • March 15, 2019
  • May 24, 2019
  • August 2, 2019
  • October 11, 2019

Please email confirming your attendance and note which session or one time challenge day you are interested in. 

***Registration and payment will be collected on your first scheduled day.


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.

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. Please select the session you wish to attend and send a confirmation email to

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 one time 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" 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 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