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2020 96th 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.

96th Cadet Class  Applicant

Hiring Schedule

Application Process January 6 - February 29, 2020 - Apply Online 
Written Test March 9 - March 13, 2020 (Academy)
Pack test March 16 - March 20, 2020
Document Submission Deadline for local Applicants
March 7, 2020 at 12:00pm (Noon)

Out-of-Town Testing Process      (Document Submission Deadline for Out-of-Town Applicants: March 21, 2020)

March 23, 2020 (Written Test - a.m. & Pack Test - p.m.)
Structured Oral Interviews (Convention Center) March 24 - April 3, 2020
Spreadsheet Preparation April 6 - April 17, 2020
Fire Chief's Selection April 20 - May 1, 2020
*Enter Candidates into CABQ/Background Check May 4 - May 8, 2020
City Approval Process May 11 - May 29, 2020
*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 June 2, 2020
Physicals June 8 - June 19, 2020
96th Cadet Class Start Date August 3, 2020

96th Cadet Class Graduation December 4, 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. 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 March 21, 2020. 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.