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**Volusia County Fire Services is not administering the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) at this time.**

Welcome to the Volusia County Fire Services Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) website. This site will provide you:

  • A detailed description of the CPAT exam
  • Information about the CPAT orientation class
  • Basic exercise concepts in preparation for taking the CPAT exam

Candidate Physical Ability Test

Firefighting requires above average aerobic and anaerobic capacity, muscular endurance and strength and flexibility. The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a standardized physical ability test designed to identify individuals who have the physical attributes to perform the job of a firefighter.

The test consists of eight separate job related physical tasks performed in a continuous sequence. The Orientation Guide (pdf format)  provides a detailed description of the course and explains the “pass/fail” scoring system.

The CPAT exam will be offered by invitation only. Invitations will be distributed to candidates that are currently on the Firefighter List of Eligibles and have taken the CPAT Orientation Class. Upon passing the CPAT exam, the applicant will become a preferred candidate on the Firefighter List of Eligibles.

CPAT orientation class

Orientation is an official part of the CPAT exam and is intended to provide the candidate with an overview of the actual test. Attendance to the orientation is MANDATORY. During orientation, candidates will have the opportunity to see the CPAT layout and ask questions to a test proctor.

The CPAT Orientation Class is scheduled approximately eight weeks before the CPAT exam and contains critical information about preparing for the test. At orientation, the candidate will be given a CPAT Preparation Guide and will view two videos. The CPAT Preparation Guide contains basic exercise concepts and specific CPAT physical training tips, while the videos will illustrate the eight tasks of the CPAT exam. With a better understanding of the nature of the test, the candidate can use the ensuing eight weeks to prepare physically to take the test. Conscientious physical preparation will improve the candidate’s chance for successful completion of the test.

Candidates must present valid picture identification at the orientation.

(see Map and Directions - pdf format).

To attend the CPAT orientation, call the VCFS Training Center at 386-239-6427.

Practice date

Candidates wishing to participate in an optional session that allows them to practice the course may do so on the following date at 8:30 a.m.

  • Not scheduled at this time

Call the Training Center at 386-239-6427 to confirm attendance.

Testing date

  • Not scheduled at this time

The CPAT orientation is a prerequisite to test.

Call the Fire Science Institute to schedule an appointment for testing.

Note: Candidates must wear long pants, work gloves and footwear with no open heel or toe while participating in practice and test sessions. Watches and loose restrictive jewelry are not permitted.


Volusia County Fire Rescue

Fire Chief
Jeff Smith

Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Perryman

125 W. New York Ave.
Suite 220
DeLand, FL 32720

West Volusia

Daytona Beach

New Smyrna Beach