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    Ok, I'm new to the applications process for the many different departments and I noticed a wide range of different certs, licenses, requirements, etc. that each one requires. Now I have my basic FL minimum standards cert and FL EMT. Are other certs like EVOC, recent pass on the CPAT, basic water safety, etc. required for MOST if not all departments to apply? I know more is better but do the majority of the departments require any of these or other ones besides the standards and EMT?

    Also, what does this mean? (from recent job posting)

    * "Must take and pass the CPAT within one year of employment."
    (also says the same thing for EVOC and basic water safety and swimming)

    Does this mean I must already have passed the CPAT 'before' I can apply or do they hire you first and you must pass it within 1 year of employment?

    It seems to be either worded incorrectly or I'm just reading it wrong.
    Sorry if this is a dumb question but I ended up not applying because it seems that I didn't qualify.

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    That means the class is only good for a year. If your CPAT is over a year old, you must retake it before they will consider you.
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    In general:

    -Some departments will only accept the CPAT they do at the time of hire. Others will accept a CPAT done by a college or group of FDs that have a common hiring process. Usually the latter will accept that card but only for the departments in that group. The expiration is generally six months or a year.

    The CPAT is not a universal standard like EMT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWFLFFPM View Post
    In general:

    -Some departments will only accept the CPAT they do at the time of hire. Others will accept a CPAT done by a college or group of FDs that have a common hiring process. Usually the latter will accept that card but only for the departments in that group. The expiration is generally six months or a year.

    The CPAT is not a universal standard like EMT.


    This pretty much sums it up

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    Also, what does this mean? (from recent job posting)

    * "Must take and pass the CPAT within one year of employment."
    (also says the same thing for EVOC and basic water safety and swimming)
    If you give us the job posting we could see how its worded and tell you. Sometimes dept will say you have to pass their EVOC within one year to continue employment ... some just want EVOC done before hand so they dont have to pay you to take it.

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    Do departments look at CPAT times? or is it just a pass/fail test?

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