Are you training to be a Firefighter or getting ready for Police Academy? Is Bootcamp coming up and you're not sure exactly how painful it will be? You came to the right place. We take it to the next level. With a former MARINE, a Tang Soo Do BLACK BELT and an Ultra runner (putting in 50-70 miles at a time) on staff, we'll prepare you for whatever physical test or endeavor is coming your way.
While we work with “normal” people to feel and look better, we are well familiar with the demands of different disciplines and specifics of training to get you READY for specialty testing, and we'll work with you no matter where your starting point is.
So, what does it take?
Every area may have a different requirement, so make sure to check with the fire department in the area you are applying. However, this is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) in Seattle and is pretty standard. The CPAT is more involved then for the police or even the military and will targeting muscle groups used in lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying and other actions related to Firefighter tasks. You will also be required to wear a 50 pound vest during the entire test (and for part of it 70 pounds!) Don't take this test lightly! It's TOUGH and you have to be too.
The CPAT exam is comprised of eight stations that are completed in one continuous sequence. The test is pass/fail. The maximum time allowed for passing is 10 minutes and 20 seconds. Download/view the CPAT Orientation Guide for detailed information on each part of the test.
Every Police force may have slightly different requirements so make sure to check with your the Police station you are applying to. However, the examination process generally includes an initial personal history questionnaire, a Physical Ability Test (PAT) and a written examination. The requirements for the PAT are often the same as those found on the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission website.
The PAT is comprised of four tests:
¾ 300-Meter Run (Minimum requirement : 71 seconds - Mean 62.5)
¾ Maximum Push-Ups (no time limit) (Minimum requirement : 21 push ups - Mean28)
¾ Sit-Ups (One Minute) (Minimum requirement : 30 sit ups - Mean 34)
¾ 1.5-Mile Run / Walk (Minimum requirement : 14:31 - Mean 14.02)
NOTE It is possible to pass each event yet fail the overall physical ability test. The PAT uses a points system, with 160 points needed to pass the test (usually.)
So for example:
20 push-ups = 0 points
21 push-ups = 30 points
35 push-ups = 50 points
For a detailed distinction of each test, click here.
For a look at the points scale for each test click here.
Each branch of the military has a different requirement.
Click the links below for more information on each branches requirements.