Victorian CFA



Please see our New Testimonials at the bottom of page 

(PATS is a private training organization and is not endorsed , or approved or in fact have any relationship with the MFB , Vict CFA , NSWFRS , QFES or any other Fire & Rescue service within Australia or New Zealand)


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.

Following the release of the Bushfire Royal Commission report, the Victorian CFA will increase the number of career firefighters by 40% over the next three years. The Victorian CFA presently has approximately 500 full-time career firefighters and this will increase by 300 over the next three years.

Find out when the next round of Victorian CFA applications open.


The Victorian CFA aptitude test is highly challenging with an average failure rate of 70% and you must wait 6-12 months in-between attempts. We strongly recommend against attempting the test without intensive preparation.


CFA selection process


CFA aptitude test



PATS are experts in preparing applicants for the Victorian CFA selection and ability tests. We have been running these prep courses for over 10 years and our clients enjoy an outstanding success rate – over the last three years more than 98% have passed the Victorian CFA firefighter selection tests.



Keep in mind that if you join the Victorian CFA as a career firefighter, you can still work as a city fireman at one of 12 Melbourne suburban fire stations staffed by CFA career firefighters.

In fact the Victorian CFA is responsible for providing professional firefighters to cover one third of the greater Melbourne area.

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Below are real people with real names & people of credibility & good reputation

Our courses are not cheap & they are also hard work but we will get you through your aptitude test 



Paul Ritchie – 30-year MFB Veteran – Leading Fire Fighter

                          Australia Fire Service Medal

             (Pictured with FDNY Chief Jay Jonas aboard boat “343” in NYC )

I have known Jonathan Ryan for over ten years & it is my firm opinion that he runs excellent preparation courses to prepare candidates for the Pearson VUE exam used by QFES and also MFB/CFA. I have formed this view as over the years I have mentored a significant number of young men and women who aspired to join the MFB/CFA. And I know that all who did the training course with Jonathan Ryan went on to pass their MFB written selection exam. A number of these people had previously failed, but after this course & they say due to the real expertise of Jonathan managed to get through. I also know that Jonathan Ryan would give them extra days of training at no additional charge to get them up to standard. The fact that the Sons & Daughters of senior MFB officers all do this prep course should tell you something. This course is a must do, the career is fantastic and the best way to smash the test first time


Michael Skalij – Former Australian SAS Trooper

                          Multiple Combat Tours Overseas

                          Success at QFES recently

I trained with Jonathan Ryan of Pilot Aptitude Training Systems in Melbourne during 2019 to prepare for the QFES, Pearson VUE test. The training was detailed, thorough and delivered with a very high degree of skill and professionalism. Jonathan Ryan knew the Pearson VUE aptitude test backwards and could explain difficult concepts in simple language, and then do example after example after example. The teaching of the Math’s component of the Pearson VUE test was just beyond excellent. I also met a number of Defence Force applicants as they came & went – they all passed testing. He does make you work so you need to be prepared to go along with that & if you are you will get the result  


Brad Mackay - Captain(fmr) Australian Rugby League Team

                                    "The Wallabies" 

                      - 250 First Grade ARL games

                      - 17 times selected to represent NSW

                       - Current Serving FRNSW - 15 years servic



I became aware of Jonathan Ryan and PATS when we went down to help out the Vics in Coal Fires of 2014. I met a lot of younger MFB/CFA guys who told me they used this prep service and they felt it helped them immensely. I personally know several Sydney guys who used this prep service, and they told me without it they would have had Buckley’s. The courses are well ran and structured and I know this because I sat in on part of a Sydney course. I had many highly talented coaches during my professional sporting career; Jonathan Ryan is at the very least the equal to the best of them



Steve Venville – Victorian CFA Career Fire Fighter




PATS helped me achieve the high scores needed to start my dream career in the CFA as a career firefighter. The preparation material and tuition prepared me for the aptitude test and interviews and got through the process. Highly recommend this for anyone considering a career with CFA, MFB and other fire agencies



Mark Cauchi – Victorian CFA Career Fire Fighter



The PATS course I attended was excellent and it was just of invaluable assistance for my aptitude test preparation. I gained very healthy passes for both the MFB aptitude exam and also for the CFA aptitude test. I know of a large number of guys/girls now working for the MFB or CFA who have told me that without the training of PATS and Jonathan Ryan, they simply would not have passed