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 Details on the Application Process

  • Apply.
    • Submit an application to JOBS during the application period which is currently closed, sign up on this page to get news on when jobs post again. 

  •  Successfully complete the written general knowledge test.
    • Shortly after 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.

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

    • For those candidates who have applied in the past and have a valid written test dated 2021-2023, 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.   

    • Practice and Orientation Sessions will provide you with pointers to help you be successful in the CPAT process, they are not mandated but STRONGLY encouraged! 

  • Successfully Complete the CPAT test.
    • See the 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 CPAT Testing will be provided to you once a valid application is on file.

          • You must be scheduled for CPAT in a specific time slot.

          • Registration information will be provided to candidates directly in the email they provided on their application.

  • Complete the psychological exam. 
    • During the testing phase you will be invited to attend the psychological test, this is a written test and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.  There is no preparation material for this test.

  •  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. 



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