The application period is OPEN now until 
December 30
for the Spring 2022 Academy.

More Details on the Application Process

  • Apply.
    • Applications are OPEN until December 30. 

  •  Successfully complete the written general knowledge test.
    • Within a week of applying you will receive an email from the City of Roanoke you should follow the instructions in the email to schedule a written test with the City.

      • Written testing dates are posted in NeoGov.​

    • This is a GENERAL knowledge test and there is really no way to prepare.  Take your time and READ the material, then take the exam.  The test is based on your ability to understand, comprehend and retain materials in the pretest packet.

    • For those candidates who have applied in the past and have a valid written test dated 2019-2021, contact our office at 540-853-2324 to move on to the next step.

  •  Attend a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Orientation.
    • We are offering physical fitness training and orientation sessions for you to ready yourself for the CPAT test.  During these sessions you will learn techniques that will help prepare you for the physical agility test and familiarize you with each CPAT station. 

      • Physical fitness training and orientation sessions are:​

        • January  10, February 22 & March 1​, 2022.

    • Register is required by calling our office at 540-853-2324.  

  • Successfully Complete the CPAT test.
    • See video and attachments for what the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) entails.

    • Candidates are offered a total of 3 timed sessions for the CPAT testing process.

      • All candidates have the opportunity to perform two (2) timed practice runs, if the candidate passes the CPAT test during a practice session, this attempt can be counted as a successful pass.

      • If a candidate gets to the third timed session and does not pass on the third attempt, no other opportunities will be provided.  ​

        • Dates for the 2022 CPAT Testing are: March 21, 22 & 23​

    • For those that have taken the IAFF: CPAT or the Roanoke Regional physical agility test between May 1, 2021-May 1, 2022 your certificates will be accepted please email a copy of your certificate asap to along with your contact information and she will reach out to you.

  • Complete the psychological exam. 
    • Upon successful completion of the CPAT testing you will be invited to attend the psychological test on Thursday, March 24 at 6pm.

  •  Interviews.

    • All candidates that have successfully completed the written, CPAT and psychological testing will be scheduled for an interview.  

  •  Notification.

    • Those selected for employment will be notified by phone.


We recommend.....

Begin physically conditioning yourself for the candidate physical abilities test (CPAT) using the workout guide found here in PDF. 



See the PDF files below for the CPAT readiness guide for more techniques to help you prepare. 






In addition you may want to visit the website attached for more information on preparing for the stair-stepper:

What is the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT)?

The video below explains and demonstrates our mandatory CPAT procedures.

Click here for a list of gyms in the area that provide the stair-stepper portion of CPAT testing.