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Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Grants

The California Fire Foundation (CFF) was founded by firefighters for firefighters. An important part of our mission is to ensure all persons have an equal opportunity to pursue employment within the fire service, regardless of financial situation. 

There are many steps in the journey of becoming a firefighter. Two critical requirements candidates must meet are taking and passing a physical ability test and a written exam. CFF has partnered with the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) to award grants to cover all event fees associated with the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)the FCTC Written Test, and the preparation courses designed to help candidates have success in their testing. There are several avenues to qualify for the grant, including but not limited to, proof of receiving unemployment insurance. 

CFF Grant Award Covers the Following:

(2) CPAT Practices @ $25 each
(1) CPAT Test @ $150 (includes 2 CPAT Orientations)
(1) FCTC Written Test Preparation Course @ $25
(1) FCTC Written Test @ $50

Grant Confidentiality

The California Fire Foundation and the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center respect our candidates’ privacy. All applicant information and grant documents are kept confidential. Grant recipients can rest assured that hiring agencies will have no knowledge of their award and their personal financial information will never be given to HR or Fire Department personnel. 

How to Apply 

To view the California Fire Foundation Grant Application please click here. 

Notification of Award 

Applicants receive notification of Award within 5 business days. CFF stands ready to assist applicants who are denied, to see if they may qualify under a different option. 

Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) 

To learn more about FCTC please click here.