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Applications will be accepted on-line only from TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020 THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020.

In addition to submitting a City application from FEBRUARY 11, 2020 THROUGH JUNE 15, 2020, candidates must register and take the FCA during the testing period.


To address the safety of PSI staff and test takers, all test centers will be closed from March 20, 2020 through April 12, 2020. The Firefighter Candidate Assessment (FCA) will not be available during this time. It is expected that test centers will reopen on April 13, 2020. Test appointments can still be made for April 13 - July 15, 2020. If you already have a test appointment scheduled through April 12, please log into your PSI account to reschedule your test for a later date. Please check back here for announcements regarding further changes.

FIREFIGHTER CANDIDATE ASSESSMENT (FCA): The FCA, or Firefighter Candidate Assessment, is a computer-based test battery consisting of two parts; a multimedia assessment and a self-description component. In the multimedia portion, candidates respond to audio and video cues on the computer. In the self-description component, candidates define themselves by responding to biographical, situational, and work attitude items.

To meet the FCA requirement, you must register and take the FCA during the testing period. FCA registration will start on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020 THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020. Candidates must also submit a City application during the application filing period. Candidates may submit the application prior to registering for the FCA.

To register for the FCA from TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020 THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020, click here.

Achievement of a passing score on the FCA is required in order to be considered for the next phase of the selection process. A passing score on the FCA taken from March 2018 through December 2018 satisfies the FCA requirement. If you previously achieved a passing score on the FCA, you must submit a City application, but you do NOT need to retake the FCA.


All Firefighter applicants who applied in 2018 and meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to check their e-mail in-box and/or spam folder on a regular basis. Please review all e-mails and attachments you receive from the City Personnel Department carefully for details regarding your status and details about the next steps in the Firefighter selection process. Attachments may also include information on how to be successful- Strategies for Success, how to prepare for test parts, and how to RSVP for LAFD Preparation Seminars.

For information regarding upcoming LAFD recruitment events and notifications regarding Firefighter preparatory programs, click here.