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Types of Testing Services: Ontario

Dec 3rd 2019 at 2:27 AM

When it’s comes to firefighting testing in Ontario there’s 3 main testing services that departments will use to test candidates. It’s important to do your research on each service and prepare well in advance before your testing date to make sure you pass.

1. OFAI Fitness Test

Let’s start out with the king of testing services: OFAI

OFAI is a fairly new service that became the most popular testing platform that departments use today. I would say about 70% or more of departments in Ontario use this service today.

It is comprised of 3 different stages candidates must pass in order to get their certificate (which allows you to apply to the departments that use OFAI as their testing service).

Stage 1: fire select test (written aptitude test)

Stage 2: medical/clinical

Stage 3: technical skills assessment

Note that it’s a good idea to have some prior firefighting experience (schooling) before doing the testing.

2. Firefighter Services of Ontario

FireOntario is a service that has been around for years. There aren’t many departments in Ontario using this service today (I would say under 20% of departments), however if the department you’re looking to get on uses FireOntario, it’s best to prepare well in advance for the testing, as it can end up being a long day of testing. How to Become a Firefighter

It’s comprised of 6 stages that candidates must go through and pass all in one day.

Unfortunately if you fail even one of the stages than you’re unable to apply to the department and you won’t be able to come back and attempt the stage you failed.

3. CPS Testing

Some departments still use CPS testing (written aptitude test) which is a 100 question test that includes mathematical questions, mechanical aptitude, reading and writing, and human relations questions. There is also usually an oral passage read to candidates at the start of the test, in which candidates must remember key information from the passage and answer questions on the test referring to the passage.

Not many departments use the CPS testing however you still have some of big departments such as Hamilton, London, and Ottawa still using the service.

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