Fire Services Overview



Victorian Fire Fighter Recruitment test day is March 4th

MFB and CFA trainee fire fighter recruitment 

ACER Vocational Selection Test - VST

          We are experts at preparing people for the Revelian aptitude tests 

          We would be very confident that we can assist you achieve a score in the top 5% and

          more likely the top 2% of the candidate pool

          We are also able to thoroughly prepare you for the final panel interview and verification test

          And we can offer you a training program by distance / online

          Many former PATS clients are now serving NSWFRS members

          All eligible (those who meet minimum requirements) applicants will be invited to complete the 

          aptitude test - the time to commence preparation is now 




We are experts at getting candidates very high passes in the ACER Vocational Selection Test , or ACER VST or just VST which is being used to assess MFB applicants in March 2016

We are experts in face to face individual training for the VST , Vocational Selection Test. And have been preparing people for over one decade for this test.

Being a firefighter is a highly respected and rewarding career, which is also why it’s in high demand.

Typically, for a class of 20 trainees a fire service will receive over 300 applications. They will then use aptitude or psychometric tests to attempt to reduce that applicant pool down to a manageable number, which on average involves failing 85% of the applicants.


PATS are experts in preparing applicants for the selection and ability tests for ALL Australian firefighter services. We have been running these prep courses for over 10 years and our clients enjoy an outstanding success rate. In the most recent intakes to the Melbourne MFB and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, at least 20% of the trainees had attended our course.

We have particular expertise in the ACER VST , Vocational Selection Test which is used by the Melbourne MFB


·         Annual salary of a qualified firefighter $80K-$120K (including superannuation and allowances)

·         8 to 10 weeks annual leave per year

·         Shift roster with a rotating cycle of four days on / four days off. Normally two 10 hour day shifts followed by two 14 hour night shifts.


·      Tertiary qualifications

·      Trade qualifications

·      Military service

·      Lifesaving, community, volunteer, sporting, coaching experience

·      Work experience in team environments

·      Work experience in adverse conditions/ environments

·      Shift-work experience

·      More than 12 months’ experience as a volunteer firefighter

·      Firefighter junior development participation

·      Non-probationary manual drivers licence

·      Heavy Rigid licence

·      Senior First Aid Certificate.




·         Apply to ALL services with vacancies. This will give you great practice in sitting tests and attending interviews, which will increase your chances of success

·         Begin preparation for your firefighter aptitude or ability test well before your test date

·         Be prepared to apply outside your home state or area. You can always apply for a "lateral transfer" to another service after gaining experience



To be able to apply for firefighter positions, you are required to hold a certain Driver's Licence – the requirement varies by state.

*As long as you hold a full Driver's Licence, you can apply for the Victoria CFA. For example, if you obtain a full Driver's Licence at the age of 19 in WA or SA, you can apply for the Victoria CFA.