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.
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
FCTC – Livermore
FCTC – Sacramento
FCTC – San Diego