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Occupational Testing

Occupational testing assesses applicants to see if they are physically able to meet the demands of their potential position prior to employment. Testing also serves to monitor their current abilities.

UM Recreation Services has been providing assessments and testing for agencies for last 30 years. Our facilities, equipment, staff, experience and reasonable rates combine to produce an exceptional service. 

National CSEP accreditation

We are accredited with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) as an accredited fitness centre. This means that our Active Living Centre meets national standards for exercise testing and prescription, which ensures the quality and reliability of the testing. Our CSEP-certified fitness consultants facilitate all testing.
 

Fire paramedic service assessment

Description

This program evaluates the physical work capacities of healthy, physically active individuals. Each test requires a maximal effort. 

You will wear firefighting personal protective equipment (PPE) that weighs approximately 22 kg (50 lb.) for all tests. This ensemble includes helmet, flash hood, gloves, pants, boots, jacket and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). You will not breathe from the SCBA, but you must carry it. For safety during the treadmill test, you will wear running shoes instead of firefighting boots. 

After completing the treadmill test, you will rest for 60 minutes before starting an orientation to the job-related performance tests. The orientation to the job related tests consists of a “walk-through” session to practice each of the tasks. This will take approximately 30 minutes and will familiarize you with testing procedures and provides a suitable warm-up for the demanding tests that follow. Each test is followed by a rest period of 3 minutes for recovery and hydration. You are not permitted to leave the testing area or remove the PPE during the rest periods. 

The tests are as follows:

1. Aerobic endurance
Aerobic fitness is measured during a progressive exercise test to near exhaustion on a treadmill. After a standardized 5-minute warm-up, you will walk at 3.5 mph and a 10% grade for 8 minutes. To pass the aerobic fitness standard, you must complete the 8-minute stage at 3.5 mph and 10% grade.

2. Charged hose advance test
You will drag a charged (full of water) 38-mm (1.5-inch) hose a distance of 45 metres (125 feet). Three 15-metre (50-foot) lengths of hose are "snaked" behind the starting line. You hold the nozzle over your shoulder and advance to the finish line as quickly as possible. Running is not permitted. This test assesses lower body strength and power and must be completed safely in less than 32 seconds.

3. High volume hose pull test
You will pull a bundle of hose weighing approximately 56 kg (123 lb.) a distance of 15 metres (50 feet) over a smooth concrete floor using a rope. You repeat this task three times. During this test, you must stand still and pull the hose bundle towards you using a 16-mm (5/8-inch) rope. This test assesses upper body strength, power, and must be completed safely in less than 102 seconds.

4. Forcible entry simulation test
You will use a 3.6-kg (8-lb.) "dead blow" sledgehammer to move a forcible entry machine against 1,200 psi as rapidly as possible. This test assesses muscle strength, power and endurance, particularly in the upper body and must be completed safely in less than 45 seconds.

5. Victim drag test
You will drag a mannequin weighing 68.2 kg (150 lb.) a total distance of 30 metres, with the mannequin lying face-up on the floor. You will lift the mannequin and walk backwards for 15 metres, turn around a traffic cone and return to the start line as quickly as possible. This test assesses muscle strength and endurance and must be completed safely in less than 49 seconds.

6. Ladder climb test
You will climb a 7.3-metre (24-foot) ladder to the 10th rung and return to the floor as quickly as possible. You will repeat this task five times. This test assesses muscle strength, endurance, and anaerobic capacity and must be completed safely in less than 108 seconds.

7. Equipment carry/vehicle extrication test
You will carry small (18-kg or 40-lb.) and large (36-kg or 80 lb.) vehicle extrication tools (the “Jaws of Life”) a total distance of 30 metres (100 feet). In addition, you will lift and hold the 18-kg tool in specific positions that simulate the work required to remove a vehicle door. This test is designed to evaluate the strength and endurance required to lift, carry and use heavy tools in rescue situations. This test must be completed safely in less than 270 seconds.

Effective preparation

To do your best, come to the laboratory on your testing day well nourished and well rested. 

  • Avoid strenuous exercise on the days immediately before your tests. 
  • Sleep well the night before and try to be as relaxed as possible. 
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages the day before and definitely on the day of your test. 
  • Do not smoke or drink beverages with caffeine (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cola, energy drinks, etc.) for at least two hours prior to your test. 
  • Do not eat for at least two hours before your test appointment; however, it is important to be well nourished and well hydrated. The tests are very demanding and most individuals are extremely tired at the end of each test. 
  • If your appointment is first thing in the morning, do not skip breakfast. You should eat a light meal (e.g., fruit, toast or cereal, and juice) about three hours before your test.

Details and checklist

Details

  • $325 + GST per test.
  • Tests are booked on a first come, first served basis.
  • Each applicant's test is booked on the hour and will take approximately three hours to complete the test. Each test is booked in consecutive order so there are no gaps in the testing day.
  • Dates and times are subject to change. Unbooked test times will be cancelled 24 hours before the test start time.
  • Applicants who pass all aspects of the testing protocols will receive a certificate of completion (valid for six months). Applicants may or may not be required to submit the certificate to the hiring agency.
  • For details on what to bring, guidelines for testing, general information and refunds, please refer to the first page of the registration package.

Checklist

  1. Download and read the Registration package carefully. Complete all forms.
  2. Arrange for a doctor's appointment to have the Physician's Release Form completed.
  3. Register for the Fitness Evaluation after your doctor completes the Physician's Release Form. 
  4. Drop the completed forms off in person (cash, Interac, cheque, VISA, MasterCard), or scan and email the completed forms to firefighter.testing@umanitoba.ca (VISA, MasterCard).
  5. You will receive a confirmation email regarding your test date and time after your forms are received by the Coordinator of Fitness and Programs.

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

Testing schedule

Registration forms

Paramedic physical fitness assessment

  • This assessment is for:

    • City of Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services
    • Criti Care
    • Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
    • Manitoba Emergency Services College
    • Northern Health Region
    • Southern Health/Santé Sud
    • Prairie Mountain Health
    • Red River College Primary Care Paramedic

    For more information, contact us at paramedic.testing@umanitoba.ca

Description

The goal of the General Fitness Assessment is to provide a simple, safe, and standardized approach to assessing the major components of fitness in apparently healthy individuals and to interpret these assessments based on norms and percentiles for Canadians 15 to 69 years of age. The assessment is a strenuous fitness test that measures your capacity to perform essential physical tasks encountered in the field.

The job-related portion simulates a scenario where a paramedic must carry equipment, perform CPR compressions, and carry and transfer a patient.

Both the General Fitness Assessment and the Job Related tests are completed simultaneously, with no time limit. All tests are either PASS or NEED IMPROVEMENT/FAIL.

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Details and checklist

  • Assessments are typically done as part of the application process for all paramedic applicants. Individuals must be involved in an application process for their specific department to be tested
  • Paramedic programs may have specific requirements for registering for testing. Contact the department for specific details. If they do not have specific information, the following information applies.
  • Certificates are valid for six months from date of issue and must be submitted to the appropriate hiring agency by the posted deadline.
  • You must book your assessment a minimum of one week prior to your test. Testing hours will vary from day to day between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each appointment will last approximately 1.5 hours. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment in your appropriate attire.
  • Testing occurs in the Active Living Centre and Max Bell Centre, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus.

Cost
$134 (+ GST), payable when you register. Late registrations will have an additional charge of $50 applied to the test fee.

Refund policy
See the first page of the registration package for details.

Duration
Expect to be at the University of Manitoba for two hours on the day of your test. 

Checklist

  1. Register for the physical fitness assessment after you have completed the Paramedic Physical Fitness Assessment registration form and Par-Q. Registration takes place at the Active Living Centre, University of Manitoba.
  2. Download and read the information package carefully.
  3. Follow the preparation instructions.
  4. On your test day please bring:
    • Picture identification, such as a driver’s license
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts with short sleeves
    • Running shoes
    • Lock (for a locker), day locks are available if necessary

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

Testing schedule

Registration forms

Practice paramedic physical fitness assessment

  • Recreation Services offers several variations of practice paramedic physical assessments for people who are in a process of paramedic recruitment or who plan on entering a career as a paramedic.

    Some hiring processes allow only a single attempt or limited time to complete the paramedic physical assessment, so taking advantage of these programs can help you increase your chances for success.  This is your opportunity to gain practical experience and receive valuable information about the paramedic physical assessment.

    For more information, contact us at paramedic.testing@umanitoba.ca
     

Description

Option 1: Full practice paramedic physical assessment

This package will take you through the entire paramedic physical fitness assessment.  You will have a chance to attempt the full test, as well as be informed of the standards and cut-offs for your age and gender for all tests.  This is the single best way to gain exposure to the assessments. You will leave with an idea of how your current fitness levels stack up to the standards, and will be thoroughly informed of what you can do to train your areas that may need improvements.  

Certificates will not be issued for this practice test.

  • Cost: $134 (+ GST)
 
Option 2: General fitness portion of paramedic physical fitness assessment

This package will allow you to practice all six tests that compose the general fitness portion of the paramedic physical assessment.  Tests administered will be aerobic fitness, grip strength, push-ups, partial curl-ups, sit-and-reach flexiblity test and back extensions.  You will be informed on all standards for these tests, which are based on age and gender, and you will be coached on proper technique and provided training information should you need to improve any areas.

  • Cost: $90 (+ GST)

 

Option 3: Job-related portion of paramedic physical assessments

This package gives you exposure to the job-related tasks associated with the paramedic physical assessment.  You will have a chance to practice the equipment carry, CPR compressions, simulated stretcher carry and weight transfer.  You will be coached on proper lifting techniques and given tips on training methods should you need to improve any aspects.

  • Cost: $45 (+ GST)

 

Option 4: Choose from up to three tests from Option 2 (General fitness portion)

This option is ideal for those that may be familiar with the paramedic physical fitness assessment yet are unsure if their fitness levels in certain areas are adequate to succeed.  You will run through up to three of the six tests of your own choice from the general fitness portion of the paramedic physical fitness assessment and informed of the necessary standard and given tips regarding what you can do to improve those aspects.

  • Cost: $45 (+ GST)

Details

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

PARE (Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation)

  • The RCMP Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (PARE) is an occupational test that measures the essential physical capacities to perform satisfactory police work.

    For more information, contact us at pare.testing@umanitoba.ca
     

Description

1. Obstacle course – foot chase

The first section of PARE consists of an obstacle run, which the participant negotiates six times. The course is laid out in the following manner:

5-foot mat jump
From the start marker, follow the arrow to the second marker, turn right and jump over the 5-foot mat. You will receive a five-second penalty for each time you touch any part of the mat.

Stairs
On landing, you turn left around the next marker and proceed towards the stairs. You must run up and down the stairs, touching at least one step on the way up, the top platform, and one step on the way down. You then proceed towards the next marker and run back to the stairs going up and down again.

18-inch hurdles
Upon landing, you then moves to the next marker, turn left, jump over the 18-inch hurdles en route to the next marker. If you knocks over a hurdle, you are assigned a two-second penalty.

Vault jump
You then run around the left side of the marker and turn right heading towards the start marker. Before reaching the start marker, you must vault over a 3-foot high railing. You must land in control on both feet on the opposite side of the vault, then fall on either your stomach (stomach, chest, hips on the ground) or back (both shoulder blades down on the ground), alternating front or back on each lap. After each controlled fall you must get up without assistance and proceed around the start marker to complete the lap.

You must complete six laps before starting the next section.

2. Push/pull section (physical control)

Upon finishing the obstacle run, you move immediately to the push/pull station, which consists of a specific push/pull unit. You may perform this activity in the order you choose, push first and then pull, or vice versa. Since the push is more difficult to perform, it is recommended that you do this activity first.

Push activity
Upon reaching the push/pull unit, you grasp the handles and push the weight (70 lbs. for applicants or 80 lbs. for members) off the base of the machine, then move right or left, completing a 180° arc. You must complete six arcs. If you allow the weight to touch the base, you must repeat that particular arc.

Controlled falls
Once the push activity is completed, you will lower the weight. You then move away from the unit about two feet and perform a controlled fall on the front executing a push-up like movement. You then come to a standing ready position and execute a second fall, this time on your back, shoulder blades on the ground. A sit-up like manoeuvre is required to come back up to the standing ready position. This sequence, front and back falls, is repeated until you complete two front falls and two back falls.

Pull activity
Once you have completed the sequence of falls, you grasp the rope and pull so the weight plates lift off the base of the machine and then move right or left. You must complete six arcs without allowing the weight to touch the base. If the weight touches the base, you must repeat that particular arc.

3. Torso bag carry (carry to safety)

The weight carry section of PARE is a pass/fail activity; it is not timed. You must be able to pick up a weight (80 lbs. for applicants or 100 lbs. for members), and carry it over a distance of 50 feet. This activity should begin one to two minutes after you complete the timed part of the test. Participants failing the weight-carry section fail PARE.

Borrowed from the RCMP website: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/recruiting-recrutement/rec/pare-tape-eng.htm
 

Details

PARE initial screening

Before the test administrator can proceed with the assessment, your resting heart rate and blood pressure will be taken. This is to ensure that your heart rate is not equal to or above 100 beats per minute and your blood pressure is not equal to or above 144/94 mm Hg. These national standards have been set as a safety precaution. If you are equal to or above these levels, you will be asked to see your physician again to get additional permission to proceed with the test.

The test is conducted in a gymnasium with the participant attired in clothing appropriate for physical activity and supportive footwear with good grip. It consists of running 400 metres (1/4 mile) over a six- lap course including climbing up and down stairs, jumping over low obstacles, followed by pushing and pulling 70 lbs. of resistance and finishing with lifting and carrying 80 lbs. a distance of 50 feet. 

Most test participants will experience a maximum heart rate during the test. The PARE will place a brief but maximal stress on your cardiovascular system. It will also stress your anaerobic, muscular strength and endurance fitness. The test is designed to encourage you to work at your maximum physical abilities. If you have concern over your ability to perform hard work then you should not perform the test.

The test will be described and demonstrated to you before your performance. Further, you will be given time to practice the test items so that you will know your capabilities and have the confidence to complete the test should you choose to continue.

Pass or fail statement

To pass the PARE, you must perform all activities within the defined protocol and complete the timed portion within four minutes and 45 seconds and then lift and carry the 80-lb. torso bag a distance of 50 feet.

If you have concerns over your ability to perform hard work, you should not perform the test or sign up for the Law Enforcement Conditioning Camp. Those interested in taking the training program are assumed to have basic knowledge of resistance training/weight training technique. If this is not the case, we advise that you consult the University of Manitoba Recreation Services office for training facilities and personal training services, as proper technique is essential for preventing injuries and benefiting from any program. 

Please keep in mind that at the beginning of any physical activity program, there are physical adaptations that occur to the body and therefore, mild pain or discomfort in the muscles is completely normal for the first week to 10 days. If the pain and/or discomfort persist, consult your physician.

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

Testing schedule

Registration forms

Police officer and auxiliary cadet assessment

  • Police officers perform varied duties, and on occasion, are expected to intervene in physical confrontations or resolve conflict situations. The Winnipeg Police Service Physical Abilities Test (WPS-PAT) is designed to that you can demonstrate that you have the minimum ability to perform the physical duties associated with this occupation.

    For more information, contact us at wpspat.testing@umanitoba.ca
     

Description

WPS-Applicant Physical Testing Protocol

The following is a description of the physical abilities test applicants will be required to perform during the Police Constable Recruitment process. The test is based on the Police Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) with several modifications to the original protocol. These changes were implemented on January 1, 2008. 

POPAT protocol and concept were developed by Douglas W. Farenholtz, MSc. and Dr. E.C. Rhodes in cooperation with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia.

Further information on WPS-PAT is available from the Winnipeg Police Service at www.winnipeg.ca/police/ or by contacting the recruiting line at 204-986-4654.

WPS-PAT Orientation

The WPS-PAT Orientation is an in depth description and overview of the WPS-PAT. Participants will have an opportunity to view the course components and familiarize themselves with various stations. The orientation session includes a "walk through" of the test after which the participants are divided into small groups for a chance to try each station. Consultants will provide safety and exercise tips to each individual.

Participants will not be allowed to run a full course, but will be given approximate lap times for maximum of three to four laps and will try the push-pull and weight carry stations. Certificates will not be provided.

WPS-Applicant Physical Test

Police Officers perform varied duties, and on occasion, are expected to intervene in physical confrontations or resolve conflict situations. For example, it may be necessary to take control of physically violent suspects. The WPS-PAT is designed to have you demonstrate that you have the minimum ability to perform the physical duties associated with this occupation by assessing your ability to:

  1. Get to the problem quickly: 400-metre mobility/agility run
  2. Deal with the problem physically: Push and pull station (80 lbs.)
  3. Take the problem away: weight carry (80 lbs.)

The test is conducted in a gymnasium with the participant attired in clothing appropriate for physical activity and supportive footwear with good grip. It consists of running 400 metres (1/4 mile) over a six- lap course including climbing up and down stairs, jumping over low obstacles, followed by pushing and pulling 80 lbs. of resistance and finishing with lifting and carrying 80 lbs. a distance of 50 feet.

To pass the WPS-PAT, the participant must perform all activities within the defined protocol and complete the timed portion (parts 1 and 2) within four minutes and 15 seconds and then lift and carry the torso bag a distance of 50 feet (part 3).

Most test participants will experience a maximum heart rate during the test. The WPS-PAT will place a brief but maximal stress on your cardiovascular system. It will also stress your anaerobic, muscular strength and endurance fitness. The test is designed to encourage you to work at your maximum physical abilities. If you have concern over your ability to perform hard work, you should not perform the test.

The test will be described and demonstrated to you before your performance. Further, you will be given time to practice the test items so that you will know your capabilities and have the confidence to complete the test should you choose to continue.

WPS-PAT Initial Screen

Before the test administrator can proceed with the assessment, your resting heart rate and blood pressure will be taken. This is to ensure that your heart rate is not equal to or above 100 beats per minute and your blood pressure is not equal to or above 160/90 mm Hg. These national standards have been set as a safety precaution. If you are equal to or above these levels, you will be asked to see your physician again to get additional permission to proceed with the test.

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre (Brown Gym) at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, in Winnipeg.

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Details

Station 1: 400-metre mobility/agility run – "Get to the problem quickly"

This involves six laps of a circuit incorporating changes of direction, climbing over a 3 foot fence, negotiating six stairs up and down and hurdling low barriers. You will be encouraged to complete the run portion as quickly as possible. On completing the sixth lap, move immediately to the Pulling Station.

Station 1 is generally completed within two to two-and-a-half minutes with an average lap time of 20 to 25 seconds. The test administrator will give you your time at the end of each lap to assist with your pacing. You must successfully complete six laps of this course before running to Station 2.

In negotiating the 3-foot high fence you are required to touch the bar with at least one hand. You may touch the bar with any part of your body. Negotiating the stairs requires placing you feet carefully especially in laps 4, 5 and 6 as you fatigue. If a stick is knocked off during the hurdles, a two-second penalty will be added to your final time for each stick displaced.

Experience has shown that in addition to obvious heavy breathing, test participants experience muscle fatigue in the legs during the 400-meter run. This is particularly evident during laps 4, 5 and 6 and requires additional caution during the stair run. Testers will require you to demonstrate control when negotiating the course so that you minimize the chance of injury.

Station 2: Push and Pull Station – "Deal with the problem physically"

After completing the sixth lap you move directly to the PULL station. This involves grabbing the rope with two hands and pulling the 80-lb. weight off its rest while moving through a controlled 180-degree arc (half circle). You must complete three arcs with the weight off the bottom rests. You will be asked to move your whole body deliberately from side to side while keeping the weight up off the rests. The tester will require you to break the plane of the machine with your shoulder closest to the wall, which requires a DELIBERATE side to side movement. 

If the weight touches the rest during the three arcs, you must start the activity over and complete three arcs in succession without the weights touching bottom. Further, your arms must not be straight or locked out when you are moving from side to side. You will be required to show some degree of bend at the elbow joints to demonstrate the necessary shoulder girdle and arm strength. Two verbal corrections will be provided and if you are still unable to demonstrate correct technique the test will be stopped and recorded as incomplete and not meeting standard.

Following the third arc you will be directed to lower the weight and move to the adjacent mat to complete two sprawls. This involves lowering yourself down to the mat to lie on your chest/stomach. This is followed by a roll over to your back and standing up. You will be asked to touch a 5-foot high line/ mark on the closest wall prior to repeating the fall to your chest/stomach rollover to back and stand up sequence. After your second sprawl you will move immediately to the PUSH machine.

The PUSH sequence is similar to the PULL in that you must push the 80-lb. weight off the rests and keep it off bottom while completing three arcs (half circles). Once again you must not allow your arms to straighten during your side to side motion. If the weights bottom out during the sequence you will be asked to re-start and complete three pushes in succession before lowering the weights. If you are unable to demonstrate correct technique after two attempted corrections, the test will be stopped and marked as incomplete and not meeting standard.

Following the third arc you will be directed to lower the weight and move to the adjacent mat to complete two sprawls. This involves lowering yourself to the mat to lie on your chest/stomach. Roll over to your back and stand up. Touch the 5-foot high line on the wall and repeat a second sprawl. Stand up and return to the PULL station where you will complete another three arcs PULLING / two sprawls/ three arcs PUSHING / two sprawls. Upon completing your final sprawl you will stand and touch above the 5-foot high line with your hand, which is the signal for the timer to stop.

This station takes between 70 to 90 seconds to complete. It involves a total of six pulls, six pushes and eight sprawls completed in the sequence  described above.

Station 3: Weight carry – "Take the problem away"

This station is not timed, but you will be required to begin the weight carry within 30 seconds of the completion of Station 2. This involves picking up an 80-lb. torso sack in a safe manner using both hands. Once the sack is off the ground it may be carried with the arms and must be in front of the body. You will carry the sack a distance of 50 feet and then lower it to the floor in a controlled manner. You have two attempts to complete this portion of the test.

The torso sack must be carried in front of the body with both hands and/or arms demonstrating hand grip, elbow flexor, back and leg muscular strength/ endurance. The torso sack must not be carried on the hip or shoulder. The material of the sack must be gripped with the hands to initiate the lift and carry which will demonstrate hand grip strength. Scooping the weight off the floor with the arms is generally unsafe lifting technique and is not allowed.

If you are unable to lift and carry the 80-lb torso sack a distance of 50 feet, you will be deemed to have failed the test.

This is a heavy weight for most persons and thus the risk for injury is high if a poor lifting technique is used. It is important to keep the back in a neutral position, secure the weight and lift with the legs.

Pass or fail statement

To pass the WPS-PAT, you must perform all activities within the defined protocol and complete the timed portion within four minutes and 15 seconds and then lift and carry the 80-lb. torso bag a distance of 50 feet.

POPAT protocol and concept were developed by Douglas W. Farenholtz, MSc. and Dr. E.C. Rhodes in cooperation with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia.

Further information on WPS-PAT is available from the Winnipeg Police Service at www.winnipeg.ca/police/ or by contacting our recruiting line at 204-986-4654.

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

Testing schedule

Registration forms

City of Winnipeg Animal Services assessment

  • These assessments are typically done as part of the application process of the City of Winnipeg Animal Services Officers.

    For more information, contact us at occupational.testing@umanitoba.ca

Description

The Animal Services Officers Fitness Assessment tests general levels of fitness based on general fitness standards. General physical fitness tests are used as an entry-level standard to determine whether someone is qualified to perform essential tasks for the job. The Animal Services Officers Fitness Assessment will resemble and test the physical challenges required to perform the job.

The components of the assessment were designed to simulate actual animal service officer tasks and the ability to perform the job, such as, picking up and moving animals/equipment, and chasing and restraining animals. The assessment is designed to encourage applicants to work at the submaximal level of their physical ability. The assessment and variations of it have been used for other occupations with similar job performance requirements.

Part 1: General fitness assessment

Includes four components (cardio respiratory fitness, grip strength, hamstring/lower back flexibility, back endurance) that are adopted from the CPATH (Canadian Physical Activity Training for Health) protocols established by CSEP (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology). These components are important for general health and are related to injury prevention. Applicants are scored relative to their age and gender using norms and percentiles based on Canadians 15-69 years of age.

Part 2: Practical job-related portion

Includes 6 components (weight transfer, weight to high shelf, floor to waist lift, shoulder health, push, pull) that assess practical abilities to handle weight safely and effectively, assess positional tolerance and joint health. These tests are scored based on ability to complete the test as well as the technique demonstrated, for example, using proper lifting technique.

Details

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

Registration forms

How to register

  • Download the forms.
  • Read the forms carefully.
  • Submit the completed forms (including payment) electronically to   occupational.testing@umanitoba.ca.
  • Indicate your preferred date and time for the assessment - we will try to accommodate your request; however, times are dependent on testing space and tester availability.
Location

All assessments take place in the Active Living Centre at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus, in Winnipeg.

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Corrections assessment

  • COPAT / POPAT

This test is not offered on a regular basis. 

Contact occupational.testing@umanitoba.ca for options.

UM Physical Plant Caretaking Services assessment

These assessments are usually part of the application process of the University of Manitoba Physical Plant Caretaking Services.

For more information, contact us at occupational.testing@umanitoba.ca

 

Description

Details

Location

All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

Registration forms

  • Download the forms.
  • Read the forms carefully.
  • Submit the completed forms electronically to occupational.testing@umanitoba.ca.
  • Indicate your preferred date and time for the assessment. We will try to accommodate your request; however, times are dependent on testing space and tester availability.
Location

All assessments take place in the Active Living Centre at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus, in Winnipeg.

Campus Parking Map

 

Training

Contact us

Please contact us if you have questions about testing, or if you would like to add your agency to this list or create an occupational testing protocol for your agency.

Coordinator of Fitness and Programs
Room 145 Frank Kennedy Centre
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3T 2N2  Canada
 

204-474-6476
Toll Free: 1-800-432-1960 Ext. 6476