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2019 95th Cadet Class Hiring Schedule

The testing and selection process is designed to evaluate all applicants for the position of firefighter in the Albuquerque Fire Rescue. All steps in the process are mandatory.

95th Cadet Class  Applicant

Hiring Schedule

Application Process June 3 - July 27, 2019 - Apply Online 
Written Test August 5 - August 9, 2019
Pack test August 12 - August 16, 2019
Deadline for Document Submission (including CPAT certificate) August 16, 2019 at 12:00 noon
Out-of-Town Testing Process August 19, 2019 (Written Test - a.m. & Pack Test - p.m.)
Structured Oral Interviews (Convention Center) August 20 - August 30, 2019
Spreadsheet Preparation September 9 - September 19, 2019
Fire Chief's Selection September 23 - October 4, 2019
*Enter Candidates into CABQ/Background Check October 7 - October 11, 2019
City Approval Process October 7 - October 25, 2019
*Candidates must clear the background and City Approval Process before they are allowed to take a Physical. This could take up to 3 weeks.  
Cadet Orientation October 29, 2019
Physicals November 4 - November 15, 2019
95th Cadet Class Start Date January 6, 2020

95th Cadet Class Graduation May 1, 2020


Out-of-Town Applicants

An applicant that lives 100 miles or greater from the City of Albuquerque may participate in the Out of Town Applicant hiring process. Applicants will be scheduled to take the Written Examination, Pack Test, and Structured Oral Interview. Each applicant must pass each element of the hiring process before proceeding to the next portion of the hiring process. Failure of any one element will result in removal from the hiring process.


Out-of-Town applicants must provide a valid CPAT certificate that indicates successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test by August 16, 2019. The CPAT must be completed within one year prior to the written test, which is scheduled for August 19, 2019. If you choose to obtain your CPAT certificate in New Mexico, you may contact:


All dates are subject to change without notice.