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Marine Interdiction Agent - Physical Fitness Test

Due to the strenuous nature of the Air and Marine Operations duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen candidates for entry-level Air and Marine Operations positions. The Air and Marine Operations PFT consists of three components: sit-ups, push-ups and a 12" step test.

Physical Fitness Test Requirements



Time Frame



1 minute



1 minute

12" Step

120 steps per minute

5 minutes

PFT Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be contacted for the PFT?

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) 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.

How do I schedule the PFT?

You will be contacted by a contractor to schedule the appointment for the PFT.  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 Medical and Fitness Scheduling Unit at (952) 857-2939 or

Where will I take the PFT?

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

How long should I plan to be at the facility for this appointment?

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.

What happens if I am not able to attend my appointment as scheduled?

Reschedules are considered on a case-by-case basis; it is not a guarantee that you will be able to reschedule 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  Failure to do so could result in your tentative offer of employment being withdrawn from the process.

What do I need to bring?

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.

How will I be notified of my result?

You're able to monitor the status of your result on the Applicant Care Portal using your Applicant ID number:  The Minneapolis Hiring Center (MHC) will receive the result of your PFT approximately 7-10 business days after your appointment date.

If you fail the PFT, 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.

What happens if I fail the PFT?

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

Will I be given the opportunity to retest?

Applicants are provided one opportunity to retest. 

If I fail the PFT, how long do I have to wait to reapply?

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

Who do I contact if I have questions concerning the PFT?

Any questions concerning the PFT can be directed to the Medical and Fitness Scheduling Unit at (952) 857-2939 or

How long is the PFT result valid?

A PFT 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 Fail result, the candidate can reapply and be afforded another opportunity to complete the PFT upon selection.

What is the Contact Information for the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Unit?

Phone:  (952) 857-2939


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Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 07:18