Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What is CPAT? [ANSWER HERE]
2. What's the difference between the "1-Day Class", "10-Session Course" or "6-Session Crash Course"? [ANSWER HERE]
3. When should I start preparing for CPAT? [ANSWER HERE]
4. Does the training cover all of the 8 CPAT events? [ANSWER HERE]
5. What is the pass / fail rate for CPAT nationally? [ANSWER HERE] _______________________________________________________
1. What is CPAT?
CPAT or Candidate Physical Abilities Test has been adopted as the national standard in the US. It is based on actual firefighter tasks and includes the following events: The Stair Climb (75lb vest), Hose Advance (50lb vest for entire test), Equipment Carry, Forcible Entry, Ladder Raise, Search, Rescue Dummy Drag, and Ceiling Breach and Pull all must be completed in ten minutes. Nationally, only 30 percent of candidates taking CPAT, actually pass the test. It's a test of strength, skill and EXTREME endurance.
2. What the difference between the CPAT "One-Day Class", "Ten-Session Course", or 6-Session Crash Course?
Our gym offers three training options for candidates. Our one-day class, held on select Saturdays at noon, is CPAT a to z, with a quick overview of all the events, and lots of hands on participation. Candidates not only practice each event, but are also shown how to train over the long haul, to develop the stamina necessary to pass. Our ten-session course is held Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings (9AM) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6PM). Sessions are scheduled one at a time, and are good for four months from date of purchase. You can use one session per week, two per week, or even come once every two weeks. If time is tight, we've included a six-session crash course option that condenses the program. Systematically, we cover every event in depth, allowing you to practice, practice practice. The candidate is also personally shown how to train for the long haul, doing what it takes to prepare for the FDNY medical (another stepmill test) and the legendary Fire Academy.
3. When should I start preparing for CPAT?
Today. Candidates routinely underestimate the difficulty of the FDNY hiring process. CPAT starts off with a 3 minute bout on the step mill with 75 pounds on your back. For many, that is half their body weight or more - and then the test begins. It's one event after the next, with the clock ticking. You need time to develop the necessary level of endurance and stamina to pass. The FDNY is experiencing a shortage in the ranks and needs manpower badly. The written test will be administered and graded quickly. Those who do well on the written test could be given CPAT almost immediately. Don't get caught short. You have got to be ready!
4. Does the training cover all of the 8 CPAT events?
We are a unique fitness facility, owned and operated by retired FDNY Captain, and Firefighter's Workout Book author, Mike Stefano. Mike has assembled a team of CPAT specialists who have a true understanding of what it takes. These are firefighters who have trained for and passed CPAT around the country. The gym itself is a true CPAT Prep Center, with equipment and training devices found nowhere else. Experience the graded stepmill, the Stairmaster PT7000, the exact model used by the FDNY, Our rescue dummy course is patent pending, using a calibrated Dummy that can be adjusted to your current level. We feature a Ceiling Breach and Pull as well as Ladder Raise and Extension Device invented by our resident CPAT engineer, providing the candidate with an exact test replica. Equipment Carry, Forcible Entry, and Search are also expertly recreated and executed.
5. What is the pass / fail rate for CPAT nationally?
At a national level, candidates do not pass 70 percent of the time. That is an alarming statistic, reflecting the typical underestimation of the test of strength, skill, and stamina. Endurance takes time, don't wait until the last minute and think you can change your fitness level in a month or two. In order to ensure your spot and pass CPAT, experts recommend six months to a year of training.
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