Current testing dates

Career Firefighter (CFF) Round 2018 (National):

Candidates will need to be available to start on 2 July or 24 September 2018 (start date will be dependent on operational needs).

Applications will open by midday on 6 February 2018 and stay open until 10am on 6 March 2018

  Practice day (non-mandatory) PPT (2018) PAC (2018) Interview Final Selection & Due Diligence
Auckland 2 December 2017

4 April
*5 April

11 April
*12 April 
30 April - 11 May (TBC)  Mid - late May
Rotorua 19 January 2018 16 March N/A
Palmerston North 3 February 2018 29 March N/A
Wellington 20 January 2018 26 March
*27 March
9 April
*10 April
Christchurch 28 January 2018 13 March
*14 March
18 April
*19 April
Dunedin 28 January 2018 3 April
*4 April
16 April
*17 April

*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 (please be aware there will be a delay in sending these invitations between 15 December – 8 January 2018).

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.