What is the difficulty of the CPAT?

What is the difficulty of the CPAT?

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Arctan

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What is the difficulty of the CPAT?
I decided to research the possibility of becoming a Firefighter/EMT, And I read through the CPAT requirements,
as you guys (probably) have experience with it, Is it hard?
 

Generic

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There are videos on YouTube that go through the CPAT process. You can determine for yourself if it will be easy or hard. It just depends your physical fitness.
 

NomadicMedic

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If you don’t practice, it’s very difficult. If you were in relatively decent shape and you practice the skills, it’s very easy
 

Carlos Danger

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If you have to ask......

Seriously, I took it years ago (so it may have changed since then) when I was in probably the worst shape of my life and hadn't practiced for it at all. I found it 8 or 9/10 on a scale of difficulty at the time, but I did pass it. I'd say for you can probably cut that difficulty in half by being in even moderately good shape and practicing for it just a little.
 
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Jim37F

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If you don't practice for it, and aren't already working out regularly, it's gonna be hard. If you workout at least somewhat regularly, it'll be easier, but still more difficult because it's not just a workout session. I think my very first time practicing I failed the sledge because I never swing a sledgehammer at a specific target, just wasn't in my skill set. Other guys drop the ladder or can run miles on end but can't crawl through the search tube, etc. Though it IS easier if you're already in shape.

So go sign up for the orientation and the practices. Sign up for multiple practices. They're a lot cheaper than the main test, don't spend the money for the main test until you can pass the practice ones. Make sure you're working out regularly on your own. You don't have to be a Cross Fit fiend by any means, but make sure you run and lift weights and don't neglect one or the other because you need both cardio endurance and physical strength.

Trust me, you don't want to be just barely passing the CPAT (sure you get your card and can apply to FDs) but to actually survive an Academy you want your fitness to be where you can just drop in on a CPAT unannounced and be able to pass.
 
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