The New Hampshire Fire Commission mandates entrance testing which consists of three separate events, all of which have to be passed within a 26 month period. Many departments actually look for candidates who have passed all three events. The three entrance testing events include the following:
Written Exam: This exam is selected from one of several written test companies. There are many types and styles of written exams, therefore please read the application carefully in order to determine the type offered. Some exams come with test preparation manuals that should or must be read to give the candidate the best chance to obtain a passing grade. The exam is not based on firefighting skills or knowledge.
Acrophobia Test: This portion of the test is administered by the hiring fire department and is not included in the State Entrance Test. The Acrophobia Test is assessed by climbing (on belay) of a 100-foot aerial, set between 65-75 degrees. The candidate must climb up and down the aerial without stopping for more than a total of 30 seconds.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT): In 2017, the CPAT will be held at the Richard M. Flynn Fire Academy, and 3 different sessions will be offered. There are two guides that provide the candidate information on how to physically prepare for the event; these are the CPAT Orientation Guide and the CPAT Preparation Guide. Links to both are listed at the bottom of this page.
Those who have passed a previous NH State Entrance Written Test through NH FST&EMS or have the highest level of NH Certification do not need to take the written portion of the State Entrance Exam. The previous test or certification level qualifies for a passing State Entrance Written Test grade.
The application process starts with being advertised in nine newspapers that cover all of New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine.
The application process has two parts: An application page with payment to send in; and a physician release statement that also must be returned to the NH Fire Academy. Each has a posted deadline that must be adhered to in order for us to plan and schedule the event.
Below is a list containing all the documents needed to successfully understand and apply for the State Entrance Test:
CPAT Application Packet - 2017
CPAT Orientation Video
CPAT Orientation Guide
CPAT Preparation Guide
CPAT Department Agreement Form
Frequently Asked Questions about State Entrance Testing.
Please refer to the Documents & Forms section of this Web site for a complete listing of all publications.
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