Switch to CPAT test for our dept?
Just trying to get some info on the CPAT from Depts that already use it/run it. My dept is thinking about changing it's old PAT to something more difficult and I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to move to the CPAT for a few reasons: the current one is too easy and makes no sense (in my opinion) and also to see if this could be a good idea for raising funds for our volunteer dept. There are several depts within our state that require CPAT, but don't host their own testing so other testing facilities and depts charge applicants to maintain their CPAT cert so they can test.
For those that are using it:
- What are the costs? (fees to become a recognized testing facility, equipment, etc.)
- Is there a cost to have your firefighters trained as proctors? If so, is this a one time thing or yearly?
- Do you have to maintain a minimum amount of proctors?
- Does your agency only test in house (for your hiring only)?
4b. If no, do you use the test to help raise money for the dept or does the cost of becoming a testing facility offset the money you bring in?
- Any other advice or suggestions you may have?
Like I said though, just feeling out the idea for now to see if it's even worthwhile taking it up the chain of command.
Thanks for any feedback or advice in advance.