Firefighter Candidate Testing Centers

THE ONE-STOP TESTING RESOURCE FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND FIREFIGHTER CANDIDATES

In the fire service, the toughest decisions aren’t always the ones made in the heat of the moment. Finding the right people to serve on the front lines can carry the same life-or-death implications.

The Firefighter Candidate Testing Centers (FCTC) are here to help ensure that would-be firefighters have the "right stuff" so that departments can make the right call for the people they serve.

Backed by the experience and commitment of the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC), FCTC brings all the elements – recruitment, written testing and CPAT into an integrated, secure service that makes it easier to match qualified recruits with departments that need them.

FOR CANDIDATES: Complete written and physical ability testing accepted by departments up and down California.

FOR DEPARTMENTS: Rigorous, fully validated testing and verification, to help match you with the right people for your community. 

Take advantage of these resources on FCTC's new website. 

SECURE ON-SITE WRITTEN TESTING

The FCTC’s written exam is a rigorous, fair and fully validated test. It is administered on site to ensure its integrity, giving you confidence that your high standards will be met.

To sign up for a written exam, click here. 

CPAT: JOB-SPECIFIC PHYSICAL ABILITY TESTING

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is the acknowledged standard in California for high-quality, job-specific physical ability testing. The timed CPAT challenges would-be firefighters on eight events critical to the job. Since 2004, more than 30,000 prospective firefighters have taken the CPAT through Cal-JAC's CPAT Centers. The Cal-JAC's CPAT card has become the standard for most California fire departments.

DOCUMENT VERIFICATION AND COLLECTION

Let FCTC take the leg work out of the prescreening process.

  • Valid CPAT card of completion
  • EMT or paramedic certifications
  • Firefighter-1 or state firefighter-1 academy graduate certificate
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • College degrees held
  • Valid driver’s license
FINDING THE BEST OF THE BEST

In the modern fire service, you can’t afford to settle for someone who can just pass a test. Through Cal-JAC, FCTC offers a wealth of tools to bring you quality candidates that can succeed.

  • Recruitment: Outreach to targeted groups through our annual Career Expos, participation in job fairs, and recruitment resources for departments
  • Mentoring: Tools for departments to help guide recruits through the process and set them up for a long career
  • Women’s Commission: A commitment to building a profession that reflects those it serves  

Cal-JAC Firefighter Candidate Testing Centers Locations

FCTC – Orange
626 N. Eckhoff Street
Orange, CA 92868
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FCTC – Livermore
526 Commerce Way
Livermore, CA 94551
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FCTC – Sacramento
2560 River Plaza Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
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FCTC – San Diego
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
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