Current testing dates

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



(Physical Pre-Entry Test)

(Practical Assessment Centre)


Te Hiku

(previously Region 1)


24/25 August (26 August if required)

8/9 September (10 September if required)

Auckland 20-30 September

Ngā Tai ki te Puku (previously Region 2)


4 September

If successful at PPT, Auckland PAC is to be attended.

Hamilton TBA

Te Ūpoko

(previously Region 3)

Palmerston North

18 August

If successful at PPT, Wellington PAC is to be attended.

Taranaki TBA

Whanganui TBA

Hawkes Bay TBA

Wellington 5/6 October


13/14 September

15/16 September

Te Ihu

(previously Region 4)


25/26 August

28/29 September

Christchurch Metro TBA

Te Kei

(previously Region 5)


21 August

25 September

Dunedin TBA

Invercargill TBA

 Please note: PAC is completed at the nearest testing centre to the area in which you are applying.

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: 10 January – 1 April 2022

  • Course 2: 4 April – 23 June

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