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Entry-level firefighter candidates are invited to take the Rhode Island Fire Chief's Physical Performance Assessment (PPA) test.

Register for a Test:

For specific questions about the testing process or to learn more about the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association go to: https://rifirechiefs.com/

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Date Time Location Registration Deadline Test Fee
October 3, 2020 3:00 PM R.I. PPA Test Facility October 2, 2020 $180 Register
October 4, 2020 11:00 AM R.I. PPA Test Facility October 3, 2020 $180 Register
October 17, 2020 1:00 PM R.I. PPA Test Facility October 16, 2020 $180 Register
October 18, 2020 1:00 PM R.I. PPA Test Facility October 17, 2020 $180 Register

What the PPA Test Involves

The physical performance assessment for firefighter candidates is a timed event, comprised of six evolutions which must be completed in a series, with no breaks in between. Candidates who successfully complete all 6 evolutions within eight minutes will receive a passing certificate.

PPA Practice Session

As part of the registration process, candidates will be offered the opportunity to sign up for a practice session. Typically held 2-6 weeks prior to the PPA test, practice sessions are an excellent opportunity for you to:

  • Visually see the PPA course
  • Learn proper techniques from the instructors
  • Get hands-on practice of the six evolutions

What You Need On the Day of the Test


All candidates must have a valid form of photo ID (driver's license, military ID, etc.) prior to participating in either the practice or PPA test session.

Medical and Waiver Forms

Candidates must submit a signed waiver form and a signed medical form prior to participating in either the practice or PPA test session. You will not be allowed to take the test without a signed medical approval form.

Download Medical & Waiver Forms

Appropriate Attire

All candidates participating in either the practice or PPA test session must wear long pants (jeans, sweat pants, etc.), a long- or short-sleeve shirt, and footwear with a closed toe and heel. No watches or jewelry may be worn during any PPA session and should be removed prior to arriving at the test facility.

Download Candidate Guide Book

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