The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT)
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) requires law enforcement officers pass ORPAT
to be certified. ORPAT is a hybrid physical ability/job sample
physical abilities assessment process designed to evaluate police
officer candidates on essential physical capacities required to
satisfactorily perform job duties. It has been fully adopted and
implemented at the police academy since July 1, 2007.
The Sheriff’s Office uses ORPAT as a screening tool to help select the most qualified applicants to continue in our application process for Deputy and Recruit Deputy positions. This portion of our testing process is pass/fail. Patrol applicants are required to pass ORPAT in 5 minutes, 30 seconds or less.
Presently, the Sheriff’s Office only accepts ORPAT testing administered by our office during the recruiting process, OR during our previous testing session provided it is within 3 months of the current process.
ORPAT times are scheduled, and multiple candidates are
tested each hour. Please arrive 15-minutes prior to your
scheduled time to check-in with photo I.D. Instructions and
testing will begin promptly at the top of the hour. You will not
be permitted to test if you are not checked in by the start of the
The ORPAT is a rigorous physical abilities test. Wear athletic clothing and bring water and a towel as desired.
If you would like more information, including a video, course description and information on preparing for ORPAT, you can find it at the DPSST webpage by clicking here.
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