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Border Patrol Agent Physical Fitness Test 1

Physical Fitness Test - 1 (PFT-1)

Due to the strenuous nature of the Border Patrol Agent duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen candidates for entry-level Border Patrol Agent positions.  The Border Patrol Agent PFT-1 consists of three components: push-ups, sit-ups, and a 14" step test.  You must successfully complete each component in order to pass the Border Patrol Agent PFT-1.

Border Patrol Agent PFT-1 Requirements
TestRepetitionsTime Frame
Sit-Ups251 minute
Push-Ups201 minute
14" Step Test120 steps/min5 minute

BPA PFT-1 Readiness Program:

This Pre-Employment Fitness Test-1 Physical Readiness Program provides you with a six week standardized training program designed to help you successfully pass the Border Patrol Candidate PFT-1.  As part of this physical readiness program, you will have the chance to conduct your own self-assessment using the PFT-1 protocol which will be thoroughly explained and detailed.  Being physically prepared to successfully pass the test is a critical step in the pre-employment process and requires your full commitment.  Please open the BPA PFT-1 Readiness Program document for a complete overview and instructions for participating in the program.

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The Physical Fitness Test - 1 (PFT-1) will take place shortly after you have been tentatively selected for the position.  CBP expects candidates to be fully prepared for the physical fitness test at the time of application for the position.

You will be contacted by a contractor to schedule the appointment for the PFT-1.  The contact information you provide to the Minneapolis Hiring Center (MHC) will be used by our contractor to reach out to you, so it's important we have the most current information.

If you need to update your phone number(s), mailing address, or email address please contact the Customs and Border Protection Applicant Contact Center at

833-405-8051 or CBPApplicantContactCenter@cbp.dhs.gov;

Hours of Operation: M-F, 7am-7pm ET

The fitness test will be conducted at the nearest available CBP-contracted facility according to the mailing address the MHC has on file for you.  Please note that travel to and from the facility is at your own expense.

Depending on the facility's schedule the day of your appointment, you may begin the appointment immediately or it may be several hours.  Please plan accordingly.

Re-schedules are considered on a case-by-case basis; it is not a guarantee that you will be able to re-schedule your appointment.  You will need to make every effort to attend your appointment as scheduled.  Failure to do so could result in your tentative offer of employment being withdrawn from the process.

After your appointment is scheduled, you should receive an email from our scheduling contractor containing a set of forms to complete for your appointment.  Please remember to bring these with you, or you may not be allowed to test.

  • Bring a valid, government issued photo ID such as a driver's license to your exam.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, such as exercise clothes, for the fitness test.
  • Bring a small snack with you for your consumption after the exam.
  • Please do not bring weapons of any kind to your exam. You will be turned away. 
  • Avoid consuming energy drinks or caffeinated drinks prior to your fitness test.

You're able to monitor the status of your result on the Applicant Care Portal using your Applicant ID number:  https://myapplication.cbp.gov/ .  The MHC will receive the result of your PFT-1 approximately 7-10 business days after your appointment date.

If you fail the PFT-1, you will receive an email notification from the MHC once the result has been processed.

Please note that the Test Administrator conducting the fitness test cannot provide the result of your PFT-1.

If you fail to successfully complete any portion of the PFT-1, you will receive an email notification from MHC informing you of your pre-employment fitness result and the status of your tentative selection.

 Applicants are provided one opportunity to retest.  CBP has created a Pre-Employment Fitness Test-1 Physical Readiness Program to help you prepare for the PFT-1.  The program provides you with a six-week standardized training program designed to help you successfully pass the PFT-1.  We strongly encourage you to utilize the training program.  You can find the PFT-1 Readiness Program by clicking the following link:  Border Patrol Agent PFT-1 Readiness Program.

A candidate may reapply as soon as there is an open vacancy on USAJobs.gov for the position, and if the candidate meets all requirements outlined in the announcement.

Any questions concerning the PFT-1 can be directed to the Customs and Border Protection Applicant Contact Center at 833-405-8051 or

CBPApplicantContactCenter@cbp.dhs.gov;

Hours of Operation: M-F, 7am-7pm ET.

A PFT-1 Pass result is valid for one year, or as long as a candidate's selection for the position remains active.  If a candidate receives a PFT-1 Fail result, the candidate can reapply and be afforded another opportunity to complete the PFT-1 upon selection.

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  • Last Modified: September 1, 2021