Attend an information session
We host a series of information sessions.
Anyone interested in becoming a firefighter can attend.
This step is not required.
See details about our 2021 information sessions.
Application review, selection, and CPAT testing
We review all applications.
We invite select applicants to take part in:
- A Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) orientation
- Up to two CPAT practice sessions
- The CPAT exam
If you pass the CPAT, you become a certified-eligible fire cadet.
The certification is good for two years.
Take part in an interview
We invite certified-eligible fire cadets to take part in a behavioral-based interview.
After the interview, you may receive a conditional job offer.
Background checks and pre-employment tests
If you accept a conditional job offer, we
- Conduct a background check on you
- Ask you to take pre-employment tests
If your background check and pre-employment test results meet our employment criteria, we will make a final job offer.
Minneapolis Fire Cadet Academy
Newly hired cadets attend the Minneapolis Fire Cadet Academy training program.
The program lasts three to four months.
You are paid while you are going through training.
When you graduate from the Academy, you become a City of Minneapolis firefighter.