Current testing dates

Registrations for the 2019 Career Firefighter Expression of Interest (CFF EOI) will open up on the 4th Feb 2019, further information on this recruitment round will posted here, so please check in from time to time.

The first step in the recruitment process is our Information days and practice days, please refer to the schedule below for dates, times & locations. You will notice in Auckland and Wellington these are run as separate days and the rest of the country they are run on the same day.

The Information day is focused on giving you an understanding of the recruitment process and what a recruits course entails and most importantly what life is like for an operational firefighter.  We will also have an operational crew on hand to tell you about what the job entails (both good and bad) and then they will be showing you over a truck and some of the equipment Firefighters use.

It is a valuable way for you to gain an understanding of what it is like to work as a Firefighter.

The practice day is a full setup of our physical pre entry test.  You can test yourself against our fitness requirements and see if you are already fit enough, or if there are certain areas you need to work on between now and the real test in late Feb.

If you have any questions please email us on

Career Firefighter (CFF) Information & Open Days

Locations Information Day Practice Day  Address
Auckland 24th Nov – 9-10:30am
(No booking required)

1st Dec

Mt Wellington Training Centre, 3 Pleasant View Rd, Panmure




Combined info & Practice day
1st Dec 9am start

National Training Centre, 67-97 Te Huaki Cres, Rotorua

Palmerston North

Combined info & Practice day 
15th Dec 9am start
Palmerston North Fire station, 50 Cook st



24th Nov 9-11am
(No booking required)
1st Dec
Kilbirnie Training Centre, 163 Rongotai Road

Upper Hutt


24th Nov 9-11am     
(No booking required)


Trentham Fire Station, 545 Fergusson Dr


24th Nov 1:30-3:30pm
(No booking required)

Masterton Fire Station, 2 Chapel St


8th Nov 9-11am

(No booking required)


 Nelson Fire Station, 1 Gloucester St


 Combined info & Practice day
8th Dec 8:30am start
Woolston Training Centre, 9 Olds Place


26th Jan 2019


n/a Timaru Fire Station Social Room, 23 Latter St 


Combined info & Practice day
1st Dec-10am start

Dunedin Fire Station, 85 Castle St

Combined info & Practice day
8th Dec-10am start

Invercargill Fire Station, 46 Jed Street

Career Firefighter (CFF) 1st National Round 2019

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

  • 1st July  2019
  • 23rd September  2019

Dates coming soon.


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.