The City of Newark-Division of Fire, West Licking Joint Fire District, City of Heath-Division of Fire, Madison Township, and C-TEC Adult Education have collaborated to form The Central Ohio Firefighter Testing Consortium. The Consortium’s goal was to streamline a system which allowed departments to minimize pre-employment testing costs for entry-level firefighter positions across both departments while deploying a valid, standardized testing process with the aim of supplying both departments with an applicant pool that possesses the skills and abilities to be successful in this role. The Consortium members are excited about the collaboration between local agencies, not only to cost share, but to promote a standardized testing process for candidates.
The Consortium developed and will annually administer a two (2) day a pre-employment testing process that is comprised of a written exam and physical ability test. Candidates with the required certifications will pay one fee, and take one written exam and one physical ability test, and potentially qualify for employment with multiple departments. Registration, administration, and reporting will be managed by C-TEC and removes the burden from the departments. The development of the Consortium also allows the departments to share the cost of testing, which has continued to increase, while the funds of many departments have decreased.
In addition, member departments benefit from a recruiting standpoint. Not only can the member departments cost share on the advertising for the test, but the Consortium also hopes that since candidates can potentially qualify for employment with multiple departments by paying a single fee and participating in one testing process, more candidates will participate.
The Consortium hopes that as the word spreads about the benefits of the group effort, other departments will join the Consortium to further the cost saving, promote a standardized testing process, and further collaboration among local departments.
The 2014 Consortium testing will occur on Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11, 2014 at C-TEC, 150 Price Rd. Newark. Registration will begin on July 1st, 2014. To register visit http://www.c-tec.edu/AE/index.php/central-ohio-firefighter-testing-consortium-cpat/ or for registration information call 740-364-2261. All candidates must register to participate in the testing process by August 15th prior to 9:00 am.
For more information please contact Erna Holland at 740-364-2282 or eholland AT c-tec DOT edu
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