FCTC Grants

Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Grants

The California Fire Foundation (CFF), was founded by firefighters for firefighters. An important part of our mission is to ensure all persons have an equal opportunity to pursue employment within the fire service, regardless of financial situation.

There are many steps in the journey of becoming a firefighter. Two critical requirements candidates must meet are taking and passing a physical ability test and a written exam. CFF has partnered with California’s Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) to provide grants to cover all event fees associated with the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and the FCTC Written Test. There are several avenues to qualify for the grant, including but not limited to, proof of receiving unemployment insurance.

FCTC also has preparation courses to help candidates succeed in their testing.

The CFF provides grants to pay these testing fees for individuals who demonstrate financial hardship.  There are several avenues an applicant can take to qualify for the CFF Grant including, but not limited to, proof of Unemployment Insurance.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a firefighter and would like to view the application and qualifications to apply please click here.

Grant Confidentiality

The California Fire Foundation and the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center respect our candidates’ privacy. All applicant information and grant documents are kept confidential. Grant recipients can rest assured that hiring agencies will have no knowledge of their award and their personal financial information will never be given to HR or Fire Department personnel.

How to Submit Your Application

(916) 922-0972
Attn: CFF Grant Program
1780 Creekside Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833

Conditions That Can Affect Your Grant Status

Grant recipients must use the awarded fees within 12 months from date of award.  If the grantee has not completed their CPAT and/or FCTC Written Test within those 12 months, they will have to re-apply and qualify for a second grant. An individual may be awarded two (2) grants maximum.

CFF Grant Fees Cover the Following

  • (2) Practices @ $50 each – CPAT pre-test program
  • CPAT Test $150 which also includes (2) Pre-Test Orientations
  • Written Test Preparation Course $25
  • Written Test $50

 Rescheduling Your Test

Candidates may reschedule their test date up to two (2) business days before their event date without penalty. Changes less than two (2) business days before an event may be subject to termination of grant.

 No Shows

If you do not show up for any of your scheduled events you will forfeit your grant.

Denial of 2nd Grant Request

A candidate who falls under one (1) of the following, waives the privilege of a 2nd grant request.

  • Was a no-show to their scheduled Cal-JAC CPAT Event.
  • Did not participate in all four (4) required Cal-JAC CPAT pre-test events and failed the CPAT.
  • Was a no-show to their scheduled FCTC Written Test.
  • Did not participate in a Written Test Prep Course and failed their exam.


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