2021 97th 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.

97th Cadet Class  Applicant

Hiring Schedule

Application Process January 4 - February 28, 2021 - Apply Online 

Document Submission Deadline for Local Applicants (includes CPAT certificate)

Visit to schedule CPAT.

March 4, 2021 by 5:00pm
Written Test March 8 - March 19, 2021 (Academy)
Pack test March 22 - March 26, 2021

Out-of-Town Testing Process  (Document Submission Deadline for Out-of-Town Applicants: April 5, 2021)

April 5, 2021 (Written Test - a.m. & Pack Test - p.m.)
Structured Oral Interviews (Convention Center) April 6 - April 12, 2021
Cadet Orientation June 8, 2021
97th Cadet Class Start Date August 2, 2021

97th Cadet Class Graduation for EMT's

97th Cadet Class Graduation for non-EMT's

December 3, 2021

January 28, 2022


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. To reduce travel time and expense, applicants will be scheduled for consecutive days (see above) 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 have all documents, including a valid CPAT certificate that indicates successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test, submitted by April 5, 2021. Failure to submit documents and obtain a valid CPAT certificate by the deadline will result in removal from the hiring process.


All applicants must complete the CPAT within one year prior to the written test. If you choose to obtain your CPAT certificate in New Mexico, you may contact:


All dates are subject to change without notice.

AFR personnel working with UNM Lifeguard