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Certificate of Fitness / Exam Information

Times and Location

  • Tests are administered only at 9 MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn. Enter through the Flatbush Avenue entrance only

NYCTA subway stops are:

  • N-R to Lawrence
  • A-C-F to Jay Street
  • 2-3-4-5 to Nevins & Boro Hall
  • 2-3 to Hoyt
  • B-Q-R to DeKalb

Testing

  • Most of the examinations are conducted Monday through Friday (except Legal Holidays on the following calendar) 8:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. (No exams will begin after 2:30 P.M. unless an appointment is scheduled) Please refer to the Notice of Examination for your specific exam to verify the actual time. Appear early to avoid delays.
  • Certain exams, such as the S12, S13, S56, S98, Z50, Z51, Z59, are administered by appointment only. Please check exams requiring appointments.
  • Only two walk in tests are allowed per person per business day. Only one exam is allowed per person per appointment per business day.
  • Retests are allowed the following business day or by afternoon appointment.
  • Construction Site Fire Safety Manager; Emergency Action Plan/Fire Safety Director; Fire Safety Director; Refrigerating System Operating Engineer exams are administered by afternoon appointments only. Appointments can be scheduled by clicking here. Be sure to bring:
    1. Original school certificate of graduation from the approved FDNY School.
    2. Filled out Application followed by the required documentations.
  • Refrigeration practical exams are administered by appointment only to qualified candidates. Please call 718-999-0649 to schedule.
  • Applicants requesting oral tests must telephone for an appointment at (718) 999-1990 and present doctor's documentation.
  • Examination fees must be paid, in cash, credit/debit card, check or money order, payable to the New York City Fire Department prior to taking any Certificate of Fitness exam. Most fees are $25, however the fee by category is available at view table.
  • You must bring 2 pieces of satisfactory valid identification i.e. Driver's License, Passport, etc. to enter the building.

Application

The application for Certificate of Fitness (Form A-20) is available in person at 9 MetroTech, COF Unit, or On Line in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format which can be viewed with the free Acrobat Reader. If you don't have the Reader, then you must get Acrobat reader before downloading the online application.

Test Process

  • All tests are administered on Touch Screen Computers. All applicants will have a Practice Test, and an actual Test. The number of questions on the actual test will depend upon the category of the test. Tests range from 25 - 100 questions. The system is user-friendly. No prior knowledge of computer is required.
  • At the end of the test, you will immediately know your results. If you passed the test, you will receive either a COF Card or a Document verifying that your status with further instructions. If you fail the test, you will receive a Failure Report. The Failure Report consists of your personal information, the category of the test you took, and a summary of the test questions grouped by categories. It will tell you how many questions from each category were included in your test and how many were answered correctly. It will not provide the questions which you answered.
  • Applicants are encouraged to read Study Materials before taking any test. The Study Materials are free and available on this WEBSITE, or available in person. For materials, click here.
  • Examinations are conducted in English only.

Test rules

  • Applicants are not allowed to leave the testing room for any reason (i.e. restroom, phone calls, parking meter, etc.) All affairs must be concluded before entering the exam room.
  • Applicants cannot withdraw from the examination after starting without being charged a failure.
  • Applicants failing examinations must pay new fees and submit a new letter of recommendation before taking any new test.
  • Impersonating another person for test-taking purposes is a crime, and punishable by law.
  • Offering a bribe to any employee of the City of New York is a felony, punishable by law.
  • Using any materials, other than the test itself, during the Certificate of Fitness exam will disqualify you as an applicant.

Further Questions or Help

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