Recruit Candidate Academy

The Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA) at Utah Valley University is a "para-military" firefighter academy designed to prepare future firefighters for a career in the fire service.
The RCA comprises approximately 400 hours of classroom and "fireground" training, plus an additional 300 hours of college-level pre-requisite course work.
Prospective students are registered through Utah Valley University, and are enrolled in 16 credits of instruction for the academic semester.
If you would like to receive an information packet, please send an e-mail to the Emergency Services department at

Fully Accredited RCA Program

In November, 2014, the RCA at UVU was awarded full Accreditation through the Utah Fire Service Standards and Training Council and State Fire Prevention Board. A letter of Accreditation was also received from Hugh Connor, the Director of the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy confirming our Award as per Utah Code R710-10-8. The RCA at UVU will be accredited until January, 2019.

Firefighter Rookie Challenge

Fire Games (Graduating RCA vs. Alumni)

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Does the Recruit Candidate Academy at UVU require the CPAT test as a prerequisite?

No. The Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA) at UVU does not require the completion of the CPAT for entrance into the program. The UVU RCA uses a modified DOD Physical Fitness Test to assess the physical conditioning and readiness of a recruit seeking firefighting training. Minimum standards must be met for the recruit to begin training.

Is the Emergency Services department at Utah Valley University  licensed to administer the CPAT?

No. UVU is an approved host facility only. The licensed agency is responsible for complete management of the CPAT program for their department, including a transportability study, recruitment and mentoring of candidates, and establishing pre-hire selection criteria.

How do I Schedule a test?

As a host facility, UVU does not sponsor the CPAT. Licensed agencies use our facility for the test as an employment tool. Candidates for employment take the CPAT at UVU when invited by the sponsoring agency. Fire departments interested in conducting a CPAT at UVU should contact us within 30 days of test.

Does my department need to be licensed?

Yes! Departments that implement the CPAT must receive a "license" through the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

As a host facility how much does UVU charge for the CPAT?

Candidates for the test pay online or agencies will bring a check payable to UVU:

  • $10.00 for Orientation & Practice Test
  • $30.00 for CPAT
  • $240.00 per day minimum

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