EXPLAINATIONS OF SESSIONS AND OPEN TEST CHALLENGES
As initially designed and developed, the CPAT provided for voluntary orientation sessions intended to familiarize
candidates with the test apparatus and requirements. However, increased orientation and practice opportunities
significantly improve the ability of all candidates to complete the CPAT within the "cut off" time of 10 minutes
and 20 seconds. Therefore, it is now mandatory that all candidates must be given the opportunity to attend at least
two (2) orientation sessions, with the first session taking place at least eight (8) weeks prior to the actual test
date. During the sessions, candidates will receive "hands on" familiarity with the actual CPAT apparatus. Also
during the orientation sessions, Certified Peer Fitness Trainers, fitness professionals, and/or CPAT-trained fire
fighters (proctors) shall familiarize all candidates with each task and apparatus, and shall advise all candidates
concerning specific conditioning regimens and techniques to help them prepare for the CPAT.
TIMED PRACTICE RUNS
Fire departments utilizing the CPAT shall also ensure that all candidates have full and equal opportunity to perform at least
two (2) timed practice runs, using actual CPAT apparatus and completing the entire course. These mandatory practice sessions shall
occur within thirty (30) days of the official test date. Again, Certified Peer Fitness Trainers, fitness professionals and/or
CPAT-trained fire fighters (proctors) shall help the candidates understand the test elements and how they can improve their
performance and conditioning. In order to reduce the burden on a department’s resources, it is permissible for a candidate to
pass the CPAT during either of the practice sessions, provided that the department has fully staffed and administered the test
as they would on the official test day. However, a candidate who passes the CPAT during a practice session shall not be rank
ordered ahead of any candidate who requires both practice sessions and the official test to pass the CPAT.
OPEN TEST CHALLENGES
Although the two-phased orientation and practice program set forth above must be treated by the fire department as a mandatory
condition for candidates taking the CPAT test, it is recognized that fire departments are likely to have candidates in their
candidate pool who believe that they are capable of passing the CPAT without attending the orientation and practice program.
It is also recognized that resources devoted to the orientation and practice program are best spent on those candidates who will
truly benefit from this assistance. It is therefore permissible for fire departments to excuse candidates from this requirement
upon receipt of a written and signed waiver from the candidate acknowledging that this orientation and practice program was made
available to all candidates on an equal basis and that the candidate voluntarily and knowingly waives the opportunity to
participate in the orientation and practice program. It is required that all those that are licensed to use the CPAT must
fully implement these orientation and pre-test procedures. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also
agreed to not bring a lawsuit through April 2011, based upon any claim that the CPAT has an adverse impact for female candidates,
against any fire department that utilizes CPAT in conformity with those conditions in their pre-test programs. For those fire departments
that are utilizing another Licensee to conduct their CPAT, such fire department, as the employer, must ensure that these changes are incorporated.
REFERENCE THE IAFF CPAT MANUAL 2ND EDITION