Candidate Physical Ability Test

Welcome to the Oxnard College Fire Technology/Academy – CPAT (OCFTA-CPAT) Web Site. Our mission for the Ventura County Fire Chiefs Association is to provide physically qualified firefighter candidates, utilizing the correct application of all components of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Our test site has been reviewed, accepted, and is monitored by the California Joint Apprenticeship Committee (C-JAC). C-JAC issues certificates of completion to all candidates that successfully complete our CPAT.
CPAT 2016-2017 Application           Additional information will be on the application.

CPAT Information - It is very important that you click on the link in the left navigation pane (FAQ) for instructions regarding registration with C-JAC prior to applying for the test.

The CPAT was developed by the Fire Service Joint Labor and Management Wellness and Fitness Initiative Task Force, which was composed of members from the IAFF, IAFC, ten Fire Departments and Locals (Unions) from across the United States and Canada.

The test is designed to identify individuals who have the physical abilities to perform the duties of a firefighter. It consists of eight separate job related tasks that are preformed in a continuous sequence. The candidate has 10 minutes and 20 seconds to complete all eight tasks. THIS IS A PASS / FAIL TEST.

Orientations, Pre-Tests, and Test Dates:  2016-2017

All tests are on Saturdays.  Orientations and Pre-Tests are on Fridays and Saturdays.

(0900 HRS TO APPROX. 1200 HRS) (0900 HRS TO APPROX. 1200 HRS) (0830 HRS TO APPROX. 1600 HRS)
January 16, 2016 January 22, 2016 January 23, 2016
April 2, 2016 April 8, 2016 April 9, 2016
June 18, 2015 June 24, 2015

June 25, 2016

October 22, 2015

October 28, 2015 October 29, 2016
January 14, 2017 January 20, 2015 January 21, 2017

 PLEASE NOTE: Orientations and Pre-Tests are held on the same day. Also, it is not recommended that you schedule a pre-test the day before the test. Candidates are not required to attend an orientation but it is recommended. Dates are subject to change. Contact the OCFTA CPAT office for current information.

How and When to Apply:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age and must show a photo identification (i.e. drivers license, a government, school, or military ID, or a passport, or visa).
  • Candidates without a photo ID will not be allowed to take the CPAT.
  • Applications are available at the OCFTA-CPAT office 104 Durley Av. Camarillo Ca. 93010.
  • Apply Early. Applications are accepted in the order they are received. Applications are not accepted until the fee has been paid. There is a maximum of 110 candidates per test day during the winter and 120 candidates per test day during the summer. So select your orientation and test date, fill out the application and submit along with your fee to reserve a slot.


  • The fee to take your test at our site is $150.00 (one hundred-fifty dollars).
  • Fee for practice sessions at our site is $25.00 per session.
  • Your fee must be paid for your application to be accepted.
  • There are no refunds but every effort will be made to schedule you into another test.
  • Payment can be check, money order, cashiers check, etc. We cannot accept cash or credit cards.
  • Make payments payable to: OC-CPAT.
  • Your application and fee can be mailed to:
    Oxnard College
    Fire Technology Department
    104 Durley Avenue
    Camarillo, CA  93010


Certificates of completion have been issued to each successful candidate by C-JAC.There is no established time for how long the certification is valid.Contact the Department(s) you are interested in to identify their certification requirements.Nationwide the cut off dates range from 120 days up to one year.

Orientation/Test preparation Guide:

An orientation/Test preparation Guide will be given to each candidate at the Orientation.If you do not attend the orientation the Guide is available at the OCRTC-CPAT office. Attending the Orientation and using the guide may improve your chances of being successful on the test.

Contact Information:

The CPAT Office is located in the Oxnard College Fire Technology/Academy Office on the Camarillo Airport at:

104 Durley Av. Camarillo, Ca. 93010
Camarillo Airport Map

Dan Spykerman
CPAT Coordinator
Phone: 805.384.8109