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Applications will open October 2024. The date to take the FCA is TBD.


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, MAY 2, 2023, THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2023. 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, MAY 2, 2023, THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2023, click here. Please note that the FCA website will go live on MAY 2, 2023 at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time).

For instructions for how to register/schedule for the FCA please refer to the Scheduling Instructions (PDF). We also encourage you to review the FCA Preparation Guide (PDF). For all other questions please review the 2023 Firefighter FAQs.

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 2016, 2018 2020 or 2022 satisfies the 2023 FCA requirement. If you previously achieved a passing score on the FCA, you must submit a new City application, but you do NOT need to retake the FCA. For previous FCA score inquiries please email


At this time, the LAFD hiring process is continuing with a few adjustments in light of these extraordinary circumstances.

  • CAPS is currently available Mondays and Saturdays at Drill Tower 81. Click here to sign up.

  • CAPS is currently available Thursdays at Drill Tower 40. Click here to sign up.

  • To schedule or check on the status of your CPAT testing, contact FCTC via

  • To be notified for updates regarding the interview and background check process, please email and you will be contacted by a Public Safety Selection & Recruitment Division staff member.

In accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption and report their vaccination status prior to appointment by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The ordinance is available at

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