Centres and Units

Firefighter Fitness Testing

We have recently updated our Medical Clearance form and our General information package. Please ensure that you review and complete the most up to date versions of these 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 

About the Evaluations


  • 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.
  • Registration
    1. Register for the physical fitness evaluation by phone by calling 780-492-2231
    2. Registration may also be completed on campus in person at the Customer Service Centre on Campus (1-213, Van Vliet Complex)
    3. If registering by telephone, payment must be made by credit card
    4. If registering in person, payment may be made by credit/debit card, certified cheque or cash

    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)
    3. a receipt for your payment

    Arrange an appointment with your physician to complete the medical clearance form
    1. Download and read the General Information Package carefully
    2. Follow the preparation instructions

Cost and Duration

  • Cost
    • The cost of the fitness test is $367.50 ($350.00 per test + $17.50 GST)
    • 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 and accompanying note from your physician. With a valid medical note, you will receive a refund of 50%
  • Duration
    Expect to be at the University for 3 to 4 hours on the day of your test.


  • Location

    Evaluations take place in the Work Physiology Laboratory (3-450 Van Vliet Complex) in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (Van Vliet Complex) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

    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. Campus map  
    • 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.
    • Enter through the glass doors on the east side of the Pavilion
    • Once inside the entrance a sign will direct you to the Work Physiology Laboratory