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2024 103rd 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 requirements and steps in the process are mandatory. As part of our commitment to the community, candidates selected by the Fire Chief’s Selection Committee must pass a physical examination, drug screening, back ground investigation, written psychological exam, and psychological assessment prior to beginning the cadet class.


Step of Process Dates
Application Process OPEN NOW - Apply Online 
Document Submission Deadline for All Applicants (includes CPAT certificate) Visit to schedule CPAT. March 15, 2024 by 5:00pm
Written Examination March 18 - March 21, 2024 (Training Academy)
Out-of-Town Testing Process  (Document Submission Deadline for Out-of-Town Applicants: March 15, 2024) April 8, 2024 (Written Test)
Structured Oral Interviews April 9 - April 12, 2024 (Convention Center)
Fire Chief's Selection April 25 - April 26, 2024
Notification of Candidates Selected April 25 - May 3, 2024
Cadet Orientation June 20, 2024
103rd Cadet Class Start Date August 12, 2024
103rd Cadet Class Graduation December 13, 2024
Field Staffing for EMT Basics December 20, 2024
Field Staffing for non-EMT Basics March 1, 2025


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 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 15, 2024. 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 or have a valid CPAT Completion Certificate dated within six (6) months prior to the document submission deadline (March 15, 2024). 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