The Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) has established certain physical fitness requirements for acceptance into and continued participation in the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course. Many years of considerable discussion and debate has generated much confusion and in some instances, scorn, over physical fitness requirements.
The physical abilities test used by the MLEA is the Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT). MPAT is a hybrid physical ability/job sample physical abilities assessment process designed to evaluate law enforcement officer candidates on essential physical capacities required to satisfactorily perform job duties that are simulated or performed in the training environment. Successful completion of the MPAT is a pre-requisite to attending the 12 week Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course. Currently the maximum allowable completion time for the MPAT is 6 minutes 30 seconds.
The physical fitness tests are designed to measure the strength, flexibility and endurance law enforcement officers need to participate in and successfully complete those areas of training that require physical exertion.
- Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT) Summary – Revised 8/09 – A summary of the various physical fitness tests used by MLEA to determine whether basic candidates are sufficiently fit.
- Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT) Preparation Guide – Revised 8/09 – A guide discussing the preparation necessary to pass the MPAT.
- Physical Fitness Skills Test Waiver – Revised 1/10 – Used by MLEA to certify that the physical fitness skills testing criteria has been read.
Law Enforcement Officer Basic – Physical Fitness Testing Schedule
MLEA users can check for a complete list of courses available through the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. For more information, contact MLEA Physical Fitness Proctor, David Ortley at (406) 444-9952.
- MPAT Testing Schedule 2020 – View the latest testing schedule