Firefighter Fitness Testing

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Some operating procedures within our facility have changed in order to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

Please carefully review all of the information currently available on our website and use the most up to date documents. 

The Work Physiology Laboratory performs firefighter physical fitness evaluations for a number of fire departments including:

  • Edmonton
  • St. Albert
  • Strathcona County
  • Spruce Grove
  • Red Deer
  • Lethbridge
  • Edmonton International Airport
  • North Shore Tri-Municipal Firefighter Recruitment

Online Pre-screening (CLICK HERE)

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↓ Checklist for the Day of Your Test

Contact us

General inquiries should be made by email to:

In more urgent situations (for example: If you are late for your appointment), you may contact the testing lab at 780.492.1859 or the manager at 780.492.2213.

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What to expect during the COVID-19 pandemic and About the Evaluations

What to expect during the COVID-19 pandemic

Some operating procedures within our facility have changed in order to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 during the pandemic

The physical aptitude tests have not been changed. The same testing protocols and cut-scores will be used. For specific information about the tests, you can still refer to the general information package or email us at with questions.

The Pandemic will impact four aspects of your experience:

  1. Preparation and Pre-screening 72 hours before your test
  2. Arrival and Check-in at the University of Alberta
  3. Testing
  4. Check-out and Departure

Detailed information about all of these points is available on the following document: What to Expect During the COVID 19 Pandemic (PDF)

About the Evaluations

Fitness testing is typically done as part of the application process for a specific fire department

You must be involved in the application process of the department in order to be tested in the Work Physiology Laboratory

Individual departments may have specific requirements before allowing applicants to register for fitness testing. If the department does not have specific information, the following registration information applies.

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  1. Register for the physical fitness evaluation by phone by calling 780-492-2231
  2. If registering by telephone, payment must be made by credit card

After registering and paying for your test, you will be sent or be given:

  1. a medical clearance form
  2. a description of the physical fitness tests. See General Information Package (PDF)
  3. a receipt for your payment

Arrange an appointment with your physician to complete the medical clearance form

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Cost and Duration


The cost of the fitness test is $378.00 ($360.00 per test + $18.00 GST).

There is an additional $10.00 fee during the COVID-19 pandemic that will be included in your total fees.

Payment must be made in full when booking your appointment to secure your testing time

There are NO refunds for missed appointments

There are NO refunds if you cancel your testing appointment without a valid medical reason. If you have a medical reason to postpone your test, including a suspected or a confirmed case of COVID-19, you must contact the Work Physiology Lab directly to begin the rescheduling procedure (email: phone: 780.492.1859). Your payment will be held to secure the rescheduled test.

Training Suggestions
Expect to be at the University for 3 to 4 hours on the day of your test.

Pavillion Location



Evaluations take place in the Work Physiology Laboratory (3-450 Van Vliet Complex) in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation (Van Vliet Complex) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The tests are conducted in the Universiade Pavilion (usually called the "Butterdome") at the University of Alberta. This large yellow building is part of the Van Vliet Complex and is located near the northwest corner of the intersection of 87 Avenue and 114 Street. The main entrance is on the east side between the Butterdome and the new climbing centre.

When you arrive at the east doors to the Pavilion/Butterdome please call our laboratory (780 492 1859) to be escorted into the building).

How to get to the laboratory:

Tests take place in the Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome) (PAV). This is a large yellow building on the northwest corner at the intersection of 114 Street and 87 Avenue. The street address is 11440 - 87 Ave.

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Pay parking is available at the Education car park and the Jubilee Auditorium car park and lot which are on the northeast and southwest corners of 87th Avenue and 114 Street. A large black and white sandwich board, with 'Firefighter Fitness Testing' will be standing outside the glass doors to the Pavilion.

Checklist for the Day of Your Test

  • On the day of your test please bring the following:
  • Customer Service Centre receipt as proof of payment
  • Completed medical clearance form
  • Photo identification, such as a driver's license
  • Personal belongings (see the Generic Information Package - PDF)
  • Leather work gloves (as specified on the website)
  • Shorts
  • Two T-shirts
  • Running shoes
  • Extra socks - several pairs, thin and thick
  • Sweats
  • Towel, soap
  • Lock (for a locker)
  • A light snack
  • Water bottle

Download detailed information about the tests, location, cost, preparation, accommodation (if required), parking, etc. in the General Information Package (PDF).