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Effective September 15, 2012, any person appearing for a civil service test administered by the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department MUST present a valid State or Federal issued photo identification card when appearing for the test. Any candidate who does not have a valid State or Federal issued photo identification card WILL NOT be allowed to take the test.


At least 18 years of age at the time of application.


U.S. Citizenship is not required to apply. However, candidates must have the the proper status (green card, work visa, etc.) to work legally in the United States of America.


A U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate.


Proof of a valid California Driver's License is required at the time of appointment. Candidates are asked to submit this information during the background investigation process. If not provided at that time, candidates will continue processing. However, proof of a valid California Driver's License must be submitted by the time all test parts have been successfully completed to be considered for hire by LAFD.


A valid CPAT certificate is required during the Field Investigation. The CPAT is a standardized test that is not administered by the City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles will only accept the Candidate Physical Ability Test. The Consolidated Physical Agility Test (formerly known as the Biddle Test) or any other physical ability test will not be accepted.

The CPAT is a pass/fail test that consists of the following eight events:

  1. Stair Climb
  2. Hose Drag
  3. Equipment
  4. Ladder Raise & Extension
  1. Forcible Entry
  2. Search
  3. Rescue
  4. Ceiling Breach & Pull

Click here to view the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) CPAT Orientation video:

Click here to view the CFFJAC Candidate Preparation Guide:

The following agencies administer the CPAT in Southern California. Please contact the agencies directly to obtain further information and to schedule your test.

Cost is typically around $150.00. Grants are available for individuals who demonstrate a financial hardship; click here for more information to the CPAT Grant document.

Included in the registration fee is an orientation to the test parts and printed material. You are responsible to schedule and pay for your own CPAT. Due to CPAT availability, it may be several weeks before you can be scheduled for your test. Pre-tests are available for an additional $25.00


A valid EMT certificate is required prior to hire. Candidates must provide proof of an EMT certification by the time all test parts have been successfully completed to be certified or deemed eligible for hiring consideration. Local candidates are required to submit a current, valid California State EMT license. Applicants from out of state must submit a current National Registry EMT / or higher certification AND a current and valid EMT / or higher license from their state. Click here to see a list of EMT/Paramedic programs in Southern California.


Firefighting and medical rescue work is physically demanding. Candidates must be in excellent health and have no conditions that would restrict their ability to safely do fire suppression and rescue work. Weight (body fat content) must be proportionate to height for men and women. The Fire Academy, as well as the job of firefighting, is physically demanding. Therefore, it is in the best interest of each candidate to prepare well in advance to reach his or her maximum fitness level.


Uncorrected distance visual acuity of at least 20/100 in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye is required. Correctable distance visual acuity of at least 20/40 in the poorer eye and 20/20 in the other eye is also required. Candidates must also meet the City's color vision standard.


Firefighters are required to be nonsmokers throughout their employment with the Los Angeles City Fire Department.


Application will be accepted as announced on the job bulletin, which when open for application filing, will be available on the City of los Angeles Personnel Department's employment page at:

Questions about your application? Call 213-473-9060
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