“I’ve been using IPMA-HR’s entry-level police and fire tests for years. Mine is a small department, and IPMA-HR provides an excellent product that is particularly cost-efficient for a small, community-based organization with limited funding.”

Charles Barga, City Manager, City of Nelsonville, Ohio

IPMA-HR's Response to COVID-19

We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and how it is and will affect our customers. We are working hard to support our customers, communities, and employees during this difficult time. IPMA-HR will continue taking orders and shipping items. We want to make sure our customers can get the items they need, when they need them. To protect our staff, the majority of our workforce is working remotely, with very limited staff in the building daily to fill orders, Monday-Friday. We ask that you please plan accordingly when placing your order to ensure it is delivered on time. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out: assessment@ipma-hr.org or 1-800-381-TEST (8378). Thank you!

Most of us run away from an explosion, fire or chemical spill: firefighters run toward them. They are the courageous heroes of our communities, always rushing in to help save lives – car accident, structural collapse … They are there on our very worst days. To be successful in such a high-stress job takes someone with a certain set of skills and characteristics. Your community deserves the best, and to identify the best, you need the right tools. IPMA-HR’s fire service tests provide you with the information you need to hire and promote with confidence.

Fire Service Tests

ENTRY-LEVELEntry-level firefighters

Firefighter Entry-level (FF-EL) Tests. Know which candidates will be successful on the job before you hire them. Our entry-level fire tests assess the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics (KSAPs) necessary for success. No prior fire training or experience is assumed of candidates taking any of our entry-level fire tests. 

What is a TIP? And why is it important? Some entry-level tests include a TIP, which stands for Test Information Packet. TIPs were designed to assess candidates’ ability to learn, remember, and apply new information. Some of the material is written (e.g., work related articles and facts), and some is visual (e.g., “Wanted Posters", maps). TIPs are an essential, timed part of the tests they accompany. They are distributed and collected (after a study period) prior to handing out the test booklets. The number of test items that are based on information from the TIP varies by test series.


Supplemental tests enhance the success of your recruitment process by providing you with more in-depth information about a candidate’s ability in a specific area, such as their written communication skills.

Fire Report Completion Exercise (FF-RCE) 101 & 102 (VID) assess candidates’ observational, listening, and written communication skills with a video-based simulation exercise. Instructions and a 30-minute timer are embedded in the video to make administration easy.

Firefighter talking on radioPROMOTIONAL

You would be hard-pressed to name a jobsite where strong leadership is more important than on the fireground. Identifying those with the qualifications and desire to become the future of your department is crucial to the success and safety of all firefighters under your command. IPMA-HR’s promotional fire tests provide departments with the information needed to help ensure only the most highly-qualified candidates with the greatest leadership potential are promoted.

Fire Marshal (FM)

Fire Engineer - Driver/Operator (FE) 

Fire Company Officer | Lieutenant/Captain

*EM = with Emergency Medical Services

Previous Versions of Promotional Tests

Please note the following test titles are older versions that will be phased out. They have been replaced with the newer versions above. When ordering your test, only order the below versions if you have explicitly posted an appropriate reading list for them. Feel free to contact the Assessment Department prior to ordering for assistance.

Fire Engineer - Driver/Operator (FE) 

Fire Company Officer | Lieutenant/Captain


You need a promotional test for an upper-rank. You look through our stock promotional tests, and find Customized Test Serviceone that would work if only this was different or that were added. Or maybe you’re testing for a rank we don’t have a stock test for at all. When that happens, turn to our Customized Test Service.