Current testing dates

The second National Recruitment Round for 2021 is open 10am Tuesday 1st June and closes Wednesday 30th June at 5pm.

Please note Auckland and Wellington are still to complete interviews for the second round of recruitment for 2020.

Auckland interviews will be held  January 20th and 21st 2021. Reserve list interviews will be held in February – dates to be advised.

Wellington interviews will be held on January 26th and 27th 2021



(Physical Pre-Entry Test)

(Practical Assessment Centre)


Te Hiku

(previously Region 1)


March 26/27

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April 8/9

April 28/29/30

Ngā Tai ki te Puku (previously Region 2)


March 29 



Te Ūpoko

(previously Region 3)

Palmerston North



April 15/16


March 23/24

March 25/26

Te Ihu

(previously Region 4)


March 16/17

March 29/30

Tasman/Marlborough April 27
Christchurch April 21/22
South Canterbury TBA

Te Kei

(previously Region 5)


March 20

March 21

Dunedin April 29
Invercargil April 20


See our Practice and Information sessions for the second National Recruiting Round for 2021.

12-week course

Successful candidates who are offered employment from this round will be placed on a 12-week training course, commencing:

  • Course 1: 28 June - 17 September 2021
  • Course 2: 20 September - 10 Decemeber 2021

Please make sure you've read all the information available on this website so you have a thorough understanding of the role of a modern firefighter, whether you'll clear our police and medical checks, and to make sure this is something you want to do for a career!

Not 100% sure? Consider volunteering as a firefighter first to make sure it's the right role for you. You can find more information in our volunteering section.

If you have any questions, or you are a candidate that is still in the process from the first National Recruitment Round for 2020 and need assistance, please email