• Ross Valley Fire Department.  Photo by Todd Lando.  Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.

  • Ross Valley Fire Department.  Photo by Todd Lando.  Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.

  • Ross Valley Fire Department.  Photo by Todd Lando.  Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.


Entry-Level Firefighter Written Test Dates

Northern California Tests:

February 24, 2015 at FCTC Livermore - Click here to view results.
February 28, 2015 at FCTC Sacramento - Click here to view results.

Southern California Test:

March 4, 2015 at the Burbank Training Center - Click here to view results.

Please Note: Berkeley Fire Department will have an upcoming Firefighter – Paramedic recruitment from February 23-March 30, 2015. They will not be hiring from FCTC’s statewide list, but will be developing their own list to hire from. However, they will accept the test scores from candidates that took the FCTC written exam as valid scores in their hiring process. FCTC will administer our test on behalf of Berkeley Fire Department at dates to be announced to candidates by Berkeley Fire Department.




In the fire service, the toughest decisions aren’t always the ones made in the heat of the moment. Finding the right people to serve on the front lines can carry the same life-or-death implications.

The Firefighter Candidate Testing Centers (FCTC) are here to help ensure that would-be firefighters have the "right stuff" so that departments can make the right call for the people they serve.

Backed by the experience and commitment of the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC), FCTC brings all the elements – recruitment, written testing and CPAT into an integrated, secure service that makes it easier to match qualified recruits with departments that need them.

FOR CANDIDATES: Complete written and physical ability testing accepted by departments up and down California.

FOR DEPARTMENTS: Rigorous, fully validated testing and verification, to help match you with the right people for your community.                                                                                                                                                                   


The FCTC’s written exam is a rigorous, fair and fully validated test. It is administered on site to ensure its integrity, giving you confidence that your high standards will be met.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is the acknowledged standard in California for high-quality, job-specific physical ability testing. The timed CPAT challenges would-be firefighters on eight events critical to the job. Since 2004, more than 30,000 prospective firefighters have taken the CPAT through CFFJAC’s CPAT Centers. The CFFJAC’s CPAT card has become the standard for most California fire departments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Let FCTC take the leg work out of the prescreening process.

  • Valid CPAT card of completion
  • EMT or paramedic certifications
  • Firefighter-1 or state firefighter-1 academy graduate certificate
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • College degrees held
  • Valid driver’s license                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

In the modern fire service, you can’t afford to settle for someone who can just pass a test. Through CFFJAC, FCTC offers a wealth of tools to bring you quality candidates that can succeed.

  • Recruitment: Outreach to targeted groups through our annual Career Expos, participation in job fairs, and recruitment resources for departments
  • Mentoring: Tools for departments to help guide recruits through the process and set them up for a long career
  • Women’s Commission: A commitment to building a profession that reflects those it serves                                                                                                                                                              

CFFJAC Firefighter Candidate Testing Centers Locations



FCTC – Orange                                 FCTC – Livermore                           FCTC -  Sacramento                                                             626 N. Eckhoff Street                      526 Commerce Way                       2560 River Plaza Drive                                                 Orange, CA 92868                           Livermore, CA 94551                     Sacramento, CA 95833                                                     Click here for map                              Click here for map                             Click here for map

CFFJAC Recruitment News


CFFJAC Career Expos Target Next Generation of Firefighters

Would-be firefighters from throughout California got a chance to get an up-close look at what it takes to become a first responder at CFFJAC’s Firefighter Career Expos, held this past September at the Firefighter Candidate Testing Centers in Sacramento, Orange and Livermore. Read More.



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CFFJAC's Women's Commission Launches Mentoring Program

The CFFJAC and its Women's Commision have launched a groundbreaking program designed to help firefighters succeed in a tough, demanding career. Read More.


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