Apply for 2018 Firefighter Examination

Please read the detailed information below and apply for the 2018 Firefighter exam.

Civil Service Unit

The Details

What you need


*There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after February 7, 2018. Applications will NOT be accepted after February 21, 2018.

Name Fee Unit
Firefighter $200 per person *

How to apply

  1. Go to Mass. Civil Service Exam & Labor Service Applications.
  2. Create an account (if you don’t have one) by clicking Sign In at the top right corner of the site and then clicking Create one next to Don’t have an account?.

  3. Search for the exam in the search bar. For example, 2018 Firefighter.

  4. Read about the exam information in the 2018 Firefighter Exam poster and check if you’re eligible to take the exam.

  5. Click Apply in the top right corner of the exam poster to log in to your account and apply for the exam.

    Apply button on Civil Service Online Application
  6. Follow the instructions to submit your application.

  7. Once you’ve successfully submitted your application, you’ll see a Click to Pay button. Click on Click to Pay button to pay for your exam. Be sure to pay for the correct exam.

  8. You’ll receive two confirmation emails when you’ve completed the process:
    • an email confirming that your application has been received
    • an email confirming your payment has been received

Your application is not complete until you have received both confirmation emails. Once you receive the successful payment confirmation email, you may ignore the option to Submit Payment which may still be displayed in your account.

Next steps

  1. Notice to appear for written examination

    7-10 business days before the examination date you will receive a notice to appear by e-mail.  The notice will tell you the location and the time to appear for your written test.  Please check your junk or spam mail folder for the e-mail before contacting this office.

  2. Entry-Level Physical Abilities Test (ELPAT)

    You will receive an email notice for the ELPAT in April, 2018.

    The e-mail will contain your scheduled date and time for the ELPAT which will be held at the Hudson Armory.  (Do not confuse this with the Initial-Hire Physcial Abilities Test (PAT) which is for candidates going through the hiring process with a department, they are the same test but scored differently).

  3. Scores

    You will receive your examination results in the early Fall

  4. List

    When the eligible list is established you will be able to view your rank on the list here.

More info

These study guides and video will help you prepare for 2018 Firefighter Examination and Entry-Level Physical Abilities Test (ELPAT).



Civil Service Unit
One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA 02108


Telephone (617) 878-9700
Toll Free within Massachusetts 1-(800)-392-6178


(617) 727-0399


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