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CBP Officer Physical Fitness Test

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers perform critical duties related to securing our nation’s borders while facilitating the orderly and efficient flow of legitimate trade and lawful travelers. It is a physically demanding position that requires candidates to be in good physical condition to meet the rigorous demands of the job. Therefore, CBP requires all qualified applicants to pass two fitness tests: Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and the Fitness Graduation Standard (FGS).

Note: PFT and FGS requirements are the same for all candidates regardless of race, age or gender. 

The CBPO Physical Fitness Test consists of three components: sit-ups, push-ups and a 12" step test. You must successfully complete each component in order to pass the CBPO Physical Fitness Test.

CBPO Physical Fitness Test Requirements
Test Repetitions Time Frame
Sit-ups 20 1 minute
Push-ups 12 1 minute
12" Step Test 120 steps/min 5 minutes


CBPO Candidate Physical Readiness Program

The CBPO Candidate Physical Readiness Program is a standardized training program designed to help applicants stay ready for basic training and successfully pass the CBP Officer FGS.

The physical training program is a 150-day training program broken down into five phases. Each phase is 30 days in duration and builds on the fitness developed in the previous phase. The fifth phase is the Maintenance Phase of the program. The Maintenance Phase is a continuous program which means it can be repeated as many times as needed and is designed to help maintain and build on the fitness gained throughout the 150-day program.

As part of this physical readiness program, you will have the chance to conduct your own self-assessment using the validated FGS protocol, which are explained and detailed in the CBPO Candidate Physical Readiness Program document.

Physical Fitness Test - 1 (PFT-1) Frequently Asked Questions

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, 7 a.m. -7 p.m. 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.

Reschedules 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:  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:  CBP Officer 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.

  • Last Modified: May 27, 2022