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    Usually the in depth background questions come in the packet (online) you are to fill out after passing the CPAT. Previously the initial application did ask more questions but this years application was through the city website and is likely the same application any other person looking for a city job is given so my guess will be the background questionnaire after the CPAT will be a little bit longer this year and will probably have a few questions in regards to previous fire service. All just speculation of course. I know they did make major changes in the HR department the last two years.

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    What has been the cut off score on the test for taking the CPAT?

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    I'm not sure they even give the score in Charlotte. I know they didn't last year. They only sent an email that said congrats, and to schedule you CPAT.

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    As Wolfpack mentioned you will not receive a physical grade back. Simply a pass or fail which the pass notification will say Congrats and give instructions on how to go about scheduling your CPAT run.

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    Is the test actually a pass/fail... or do they just not tell you the score and only let you know if you continue on to the CPAT.. I only ask because I have seen it done both ways at other departments!

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    As far as I know it is pass/fail, but they do let you know both ways (at least last year they did). I had a friend get an email letting him know he did not pass the written and would not be moving on to the CPAT.

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    So when do you think the emails will be going out, they said around 3 weeks and that is this weekend

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    I received my Congrats you passed e-mail. Looks like the follow up e-mail with instructions on how to sign up for the CPAT will be sent next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTut99 View Post
    I received my Congrats you passed e-mail. Looks like the follow up e-mail with instructions on how to sign up for the CPAT will be sent next week.
    Congrats, Its kind of funny in the 3 hours since i posted asking about the email i got an email saying i passed

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    I got mine as well. Passed.

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    Does anyone know the number of candidates they are taking to the CPAT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IFR View Post
    Does anyone know the number of candidates they are taking to the CPAT?
    Everyone who passed the written goes to the CPAT. After that it becomes a game of luck and chance on whether or not you will be brought back in for the background, poly, interviews etc. It's a long process but well worth it if your lucky enough to make it through all the phases and eventually start a great career with the CFD.

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    I'm still curious how many people passed the test and are moving to the CPAT. if i remember correctly around 1500 people took the test so i would figure about half passed. Also any idea on how many they are looking to hire? how many did they hire the last few years?

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    Anybody get the email about scheduling the CPAT yet? I haven't seen it come through. They said this week, so I guess that leaves tomorrow.

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    I just got my email.

    All CPAT activities will be held at the Fire Training Academy (1770 Shopton Road). You must log on to http://cfdapplyonline.com/and complete the online registration.

    Registration is open from 9:00 AM Monday February 25th until 5:00PM Eastern time on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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    Yes sir. Got it too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugsley67 View Post
    I'm still curious how many people passed the test and are moving to the CPAT. if i remember correctly around 1500 people took the test so i would figure about half passed. Also any idea on how many they are looking to hire? how many did they hire the last few years?
    Typically they hire two classes a year so figure on avergae 30-32 people a year get hired.

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    Good luck going forward guys!
    Last edited by Wolfpack94; 05-07-2013 at 06:04 PM.

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    Anyone get called for an interview? Looks like they will be starting next week.

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    not yet. anyone else out there get a call?

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    I haven't heard yet. does anybody know how it works from here? do they call and assign you a interview date?

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    If they want to bring you in for a background interview you will receive notice via phone. After that you wait for another call for a poly appt. and than the same for the next steps in the process. Interviews started Tuesday and look to be running until the end of June so I'm not sure if they have called all prospective candidates yet as the rumor mill has had it saying both yes and no. I would assume no simply because the final CPAT takers paperwork wasn't due until the Friday before the Monday they started making calls but you never know for sure. I've heard the first class is to start early July but again that's just what's been floating around. Good luck everyone, it's a very tough dept. to get hired for but also a great dept to spend a career working for if you do.

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    I know one of the firefighters on CFD and when he began his final interview was in the beginning of November, and the class began at the end of the month. he seemed to think that the class would begin in the fall, but I don't believe he had any evidence to support that other than his own experience on the department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbonoyer View Post
    I know one of the firefighters on CFD and when he began his final interview was in the beginning of November, and the class began at the end of the month. he seemed to think that the class would begin in the fall, but I don't believe he had any evidence to support that other than his own experience on the department.
    That time line sounds about right for when the second recruit class usually begins.

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    I haven't heard anything yet either but still have my fingers crossed. This is my second time applying and this is as far as I made it the first time. I did better on the CPAT this time and pray they see that but if not I will be back next year and will continue to try until I am on CFD. The CFD is an extremely tough dept to get on however I cant imagine anywhere else I'd rather spend a career.

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