Current testing dates

Registrations for the 2018 Career Firefighter Expression of Interest (CFF EOI) need to be submitted by 10am, 20th August 2018 to be considered for the next round of testing. After 10am on the 20th August you will no longer be able to apply for this round and will need to watch our website for the next National Round dates in February/March 2019.

Successful candidates who are offered employment will be placed on one of the following 12 week training courses, which commence:

  • 7th January 2019
  • 1st April 2019

Career Firefighter (CFF) 2nd National Round 2018

 Test Location - 2018 Cog Test - Online PPT/Cog Test  PAC Day Interviews Final Selection
Region 1 - Auckland Prior to PPT test dates

Cog Test - day of 1 Sept
evenings of 3/4 and *5 September
PPT - *10, 11 and 12, *13 September

26 and 27 September
*28 September
TBC Late October 

Region 2 – Rotorua


 Prior to PPT test dates 3 September NA TBC

Region 3 – Palmerston North


 Prior to PPT test dates 11 September NA TBC

Region 3 – Wellington


 Prior to PPT test dates

6 September
*7 September

25 and 27 September
*28 September


Region 4 - Christchurch

 Prior to PPT test dates 28 August
*29 August

23 and 24 October
*25 October


Region 5 - Dunedin

 Prior to PPT test dates 1 September 24 September TBC

*These dates are reserve dates and will only be made available if candidate numbers are large enough to require them 


General Testing Information:

Please note personality testing may be introduced during these rounds.

Please be aware that if you book in to PPT and PAC testing and do not attend, without giving sufficient notice, you may have a 12-month stand-down period before you are able to re-apply. This is due to the volume of candidates who attend and the organisation that goes into these days.

Cog Testing – online (12 minute test)

Please be aware cognitive testing will be online. The first Cog test (prior to PPT) can be completed from a location of your choice. It will consist of 12 multiple choice questions and covers abstract reasoning questions only. The test is adaptive, so the better you do, the harder the questions you will be asked. This can be completed using a PC, laptop or iPad but not a mobile phone.

You will have 5 days from when you receive the invitation, to complete this test. Please ensure you check your junk mail box as your invitation will usually be sent to you within 1 week of your application being submitted.

Supervised Cog Test (30 minute-timed test)

This assessment is made up of 60 questions and covers a range of verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning items. 

PPT Test (allow approximately 2 hours)

This will test your fitness and there will be a timed portion. Please click here to see a video of the entire PPT test and ideas on how you can train for this test.

Please note we will be holding a practice day for the PPT – see above for dates. This will allow you the opportunity to try all the tests you will be expected to complete. Practice days are not mandatory to attend.

Practical Assessment Centre – PAC Testing (3 hour sessions)

PAC assesses three core competencies over a number of workstations. Core Competencies are:

  • Team Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication

During PAC you will be expected to give a 5 minute presentation on a topic of your choice.

Please be aware you will be required to complete a confined spaces and heights test.

Interview (allow 1 hour)

We do behavioural and situational based interview with an interview panel that may include your new boss, HR managers and other senior station officers.

This interview will take about 1 hour and we'll be asking questions on the following competencies: Background (Motivation for your application), Problem Solving, Perseverance, People Relationships, Managing Diversity, Composure, Ethics and Values

Check out some tips on how to prepare for the formal interview. 

Due Diligence

Due diligence testing consists of a full medical, reference checks and Police vetting.