CPAT Information

CPAT is the term used to describe a pass-fail, physical ability test developed by the International Association ofFirefighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. As a standardized test, it has become a method of assisting fire departments in recruiting those who are physically capable of performing the tasks associated with firefighting. It is a reliable measure of the candidate's ability to carry out fire scene activities.

The tasks include:
Stair Climb
Equipment Carry
Hose Drag
Ladder Climb/Extension
Forcible Entry
Rescue Drag
Ceiling Breach and Pull


Central Illinois Fire Chiefs Association is a sponsor of the CPAT test which is held in Decatur, Illinois.

Upon successful completion of the timed test, candidates are issued a CPAT Identification Card. The test procedures involve registration, orientation, practice, timed course sessions, and the final CPAT test.

Cost is $150.00 No personal checks. We now accept Credit Cards.
The Illinois mandated ladder climb is included with the cost of the CPAT.
A ladder climb only may be requested at a cost of $25.00 CASH ONLY.

Please wear comfortable clothing, including long pants, and tennis shoes. Shorts are not allowed.

Check the Schedule tab for information and how to reserve a spot.