AFP fitness assessment gateway

If you are fit, active, value health and live a healthy lifestyle – meeting our minimum fitness requirements should be no sweat!

The AFP fitness assessment (or Entry Physical Competency Assessment) is the assessment of your baseline level of fitness; A solid level of fitness is essential to support the inherent operational requirements of policing.

The AFP fitness assessment includes:

  • Beep Test (6.5)
  • Push–ups (on your toes, with a 90deg angle in the elbow, 5cm from the ground) and
  • Phased sit-ups.

The EPCA benchmarks are:

  Male Female Gender X
Beep Test
(20m shuttle run)
6.5 6.5 Assessed on a case
by case basis
Push-ups
(90 degree angle in elbow, 5cm from ground)
15 8 Assessed on a case
by case basis
Sit-ups Level 4 Level 4 Level 4

All applicants who submit an application for Entry Level Policing (including Laterals) are  required to successfully pass each component of the EPCA in one testing session.  If you are thinking of applying, it's a good idea to start your fitness training now because you might be invited to complete the EPCA shortly after you submit your application!

During the first week of college, all recruits must pass the Physical Competency Assessment (PCA) which includes an increased number of push-ups and is considered to be the standard AFP fitness level.

The PCA benchmarks are:

  Male Female Gender X
Beep Test
(20m shuttle run)
6.5 6.5 Assessed on a case
by case basis
Push-ups
(90 degree angle in elbow, 5cm from ground)
30 15 Assessed on a case
by case basis
Sit-ups Level 4 Level 4 Level 4

Medical requirements

In order to participate in the Entry Physical Competency Assessment, you are required to provide an AFP medical certificate (PDF, 33KB) (from your doctor) prior to undertaking the assessment. The medical certificate has a validity of three (3) months from the date of issue unless you sustain an injury or illness.

The link below will allow you to download the AFP medical certificate that is required for all recruitment EPCA testing. Ensure you take this form to your Doctor's appointment, as no other certificate templates will be accepted.

AFP pre-course fitness program

The link below will allow you to download the 6 week program which is based on the fitness tests required and has been developed to help you prepare for the Pre-entry (EPCA), Physical Competency Assessment (PCA) and demands of the physical training during the College.

It is recommended this program is to be completed as prescribed under the guidance of a qualified trainer.

Tips

  • Watch the below videos to ensure you are familiar with the required testing standards.
  • Be prepared. Completing the 'AFP pre-course fitness program' outlined above is designed to help best prepare you for and beyond the fitness gateway.
  • The beep test is conducted using the Australian Sports Commission's '20m shuttle test'.
  • Find a training partner. This can be beneficial for safety purposes, help keep you on track and stay motivated.
  • The Entry Physical Competency Assessment (EPCA) is the minimum fitness standard for entry level Recruits and used to assess your baseline fitness only. The AFP will expect your level of fitness to be at a higher standard upon entering the College to ensure you are ready for the type of physical activities and training undertaken
  • It is important to note, once accepted into the College the fitness test requirements increase to The Physical Competency Assessment (PCA).

A breakdown of the Entry Physical Competency Assessment components and videos

Phased sit-up assessment

You are required to successfully complete up to level 4 Phased sit-up assessment. You are required to complete one valid sit-up at each level.

The correct sit-up technique is:

  • Lie flat on the floor
  • Keep both feet on the ground (at all times part of both feed must maintain contact with the ground)
  • Maintain the angle of your knees; your knees must stay at 90°
  • Do not use body momentum

Push-up assessment

You are required to successfully complete 15 valid push-ups (males) or 8 valid push-ups (females) with gender X assessed on a case by case basis.

The correct push-up technique is:

  • Toes on the ground, arms straight, hands at approximately shoulder width, legs straight and feet hip width apart
  • Lower body approximately 5 cm from the floor, with arms at a 90° angle
  • Keep body straight at all times
  • Return to the start position

Beep test

You are required to successfully complete the beep test to level 6.05.

The beep test (sometimes called a multi-stage shuttle run) requires you to run along a 20 metre track, keeping up with a series of beeps (on a recording). The frequency of the beeps starts off slowly and gradually gets faster, so it gets harder and harder to keep up with the required speed.

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