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More than 170 California fire agencies utilize FCTC’s Statewide Eligibility List in their hiring processes. See which departments are hiring now! 


Candidates have 2.5 hours to complete 100 multiple choice questions. The general knowledge test evaluates candidates’ ability to think critically and process information and is specifically tailored to the job of an entry-level firefighter in California.



The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is the recognized standard for measuring an individual’s ability to handle the physical demands of being a firefighter in California. The timed test measures how candidates handle eight separate events, all designed to mirror the on-the-job tasks of an entry-level firefighter.



Statewide Eligibility List (SEL)

FCTC maintains a list of eligible candidates that is used by over 160 California fire departments in their hiring processes. Candidates on the SEL are considered for employment by fire agencies across the state.

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