Canadian Forces Application Process
Please be aware that false, incomplete or misleading statements made by you during the application process could result in denial of enrollment. You should also be aware that processing may be discontinued at any time. Should this occur, you will be informed of the reasons, and advised if, and when, you can restart the process. During processing, your name will be added to a competitive merit list and, if a vacancy is available, you may be selected for enrollment. Due to the competitive nature of the merit list, it may be some time before a vacancy becomes available for you.
Phase 1: Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT)
The Aptitude Test determines which military occupations you qualify for. Allow 2 ½ hours for the test. Upon successful completion of the test you will be booked for an interview and/or medical. The test comprises three phases:
Part 1: Verbal Skills - 15 multiple choice questions in 5 minutes - This test is designed with word association, word problem, acronym, and root word questions.
Part 2: Spatial Ability - 15 multiple choice questions in 10 minutes - This test is designed to test for reading and reconfiguring 3D shapes and figures.
Part 3: Problem solving - 30 multiple choice questions in 30 minutes - This test is designed to test your mathematical and problem-solving abilities.
Here some Web links to better prepare for this test:
Phase 2: Interview
Once we have received all the necessary documentation, you will be scheduled for an interview. This is a formal job interview with a Military Career Counselor. You should arrive on time and be prepared to make a good impression. Please note that you will not be interviewed if you do not have all of the required documentation on your file, as this information is required during the interview. The best tips that can be given in order to pass this phase of the CF application process are:
1- Be prepared - Know what trade and program you are coming in under, do your research for what your expectations are, and what your goals should be.
2- Dress for success - Like any job interview, the first impression you give quickly sets the tone for your interview.
3- Be on time, and be polite.
Phase 3: Medical
The medical examination consists of two parts. Part 1 involves vision and hearing tests, among others. If you wear contact lenses, they should be removed 24 hours prior to the Part 1 examination. If you wear glasses, bring them with you. Part 2 of the medical involves an interview with a Medical Officer or Physician's Assistant.
Phase 4: Canadian Forces Applicant Physical Fitness Test
Pre-enrollment Physical Fitness Evaluation
To ensure that you are ready for the demands of the service, you will be asked to undergo a physical fitness evaluation as part of the recruiting process. Successful completion of this evaluation is a necessary step toward being accepted into the Canadian Forces.
You should begin your preparation now to achieve the highest level of physical fitness possible before Basic Training. Don't put it off. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to meet or surpass the objectives in the evaluation. Remember, your enrollment in the Canadian Forces will be delayed unless you are sufficiently fit.
There are four test items in the evaluation: a step test to measure your aerobic fitness, push-up and sit-up tests to measure your muscular endurance, and a hand-grip (squeeze) test to measure your muscular strength.
Minimum Performance Objectives
35 and older
35 and older
Hand Grip (Pounds)
35 and older
(See 2.4 km run below)
The step test is designed to measure your aerobic fitness state. It is also used to measure your performance ability for Basic Training.
How to Prepare
Performing the following exercises several times per week will assist you in preparing for Basic Training.
Lie flat on your stomach, legs together, using your toes as the pivot point. With your fingers pointing forward, place your hands below your shoulders. Push up by straightening your arms until your elbows are locked, then return to the starting position (with your chest just touching the floor). Keep your body in a straight line throughout. Exhale as you push up; inhale on the way back down. Perform this motion in a continuous manner. Do as many repetitions as you can, without a time limit. Stop the test when the movement becomes forcibly strained.
Lie on your back, with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle, and put your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands on the side of your head (covering your ears). Press your lower back against the floor to begin the movement, curl up and touch your elbows to your knees (count one), then return to the starting position. Exhale as you come up; inhale on the way back down. Perform as many sit-ups as you can in 60 seconds. Stop the test when the movement becomes forcibly strained or when you start to lift your buttocks off the floor at the beginning of a repetition.
Aerobic Fitness: 2.4 km Run
During your Pre-enrollment Physical Fitness Evaluation, a qualified instructor will conduct a step test to measure your aerobic fitness. For the self-assessment, however, you will have to do a 2.4 km run to gauge your level. Be sure to pursue a gradual running program over several weeks prior to the test. You should be able to run 5 km before you attempt the test. Complete the test on a regulation running track (six laps of a 400 metre track) or over a measured course. (If necessary, you can measure out a course using the odometer on a car.) Use the chart below to assess your results. Remember, achieving an acceptable rating would be equivalent to reaching the required objective on the Step Test in the Evaluation.
2.4 km Run - Fitness Categories (Times in minutes)
Successful completion of the Physical Fitness Test is the final step prior to enrollment. In order to book a Fitness Test, you must have completed the Fitness Self-Test and met the standard indicated in the briefing guide. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have parental consent to conduct this test.
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