Firefighter Candidate Assessment

FIREFIGHTER CANDIDATE ASSESSMENT (FCA): The FCA, or Firefighter Candidate Assessment, is a computer-based test battery consisting of two parts; a multimedia assessment and a self-description component. In the multimedia portion, candidates respond to audio and video cues on the computer. In the self-description component, candidates define themselves by responding to biographical, situational, and work attitude items.

To meet the FCA requirement, you must register and take the FCA during the testing period. FCA registration will start on TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2023, THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2023. Candidates must also submit a City application during the application filing period. Candidates may submit the application prior to registering for the FCA.

To register for the FCA from TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2023, THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2023, click here.*

* The FCA website will go live on MAY 2, 2023 at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time).

For instructions for how to register/schedule for the FCA please refer to the Scheduling Instructions (PDF). We also encourage you to review the FCA Preparation Guide (PDF).

Achievement of a passing score on the FCA is required in order to be considered for the next phase of the selection process.

A passing score on the FCA taken from 2016, 2018 2020 or 2022 satisfies the 2023 FCA requirement. If you previously achieved a passing score on the FCA, you must submit a new City application, but you do NOT need to retake the FCA. For previous FCA score inquiries please email