Step 3 - Physical Fitness Qualifier & Continuous Physical Prep (PFQ)

In order to better prepare for the exam and the physical demands of the academy, you are required to attend the Candidate Advancement Program (CAP) and complete the Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ). You must complete the PFQ in order to move on to the Medical Evaluation test part. You are encouraged to retake the PFQ as many times as you like, your score is valid for 12 months. If you score less than a 50 on the PFQ, you are strongly encouraged to attend CAP more regularly and retake the PFQ, until you improve to a score of 50 or higher.

The PFQ consists of four events:

1) Maximum sit-ups in one minute

2) 300-meter sprint

3) Maximum push-ups in one minute, and

4) 1.5 mile-run. This is the same physical fitness test that academy recruits take the third day of the police academy.

The ACADEMY PHYSICAL TRAINING PROGRAM is intense and demanding, and the first physical fitness test occurs during the first week of the Academy. Therefore it is critical that candidates don't wait until they are in the Academy to get into good physical shape. It is recommended to begin a physical conditioning program as soon as you apply.

For information regarding the PFQ and the CAP Program, Physical Fitness Qualifier click here. Click here to download the CAP Manual.

For a demonstration of the PFQ, click here 

Prepare for the PFQ with the Candidate Advancement Program (CAP)

For Physical Preparation Tips to help candidates who want to work out on their own, download the Fitness Log

PFQ Fitness Goals. Click here to see where your PFQ scores rank.

The Los Angeles Police Department has a dedicated group of mentors that are actual Police Officers. For information and tips on how to prepare for the LAPD hiring process,  Contact an Advisor.

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Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ)


Please note that PFQ's are by appointment only.

The Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ) takes place during the first 7 calendar days of each month. Please self-schedule on your myPD candidate portal or contact a Recruitment Officer at 213-473-3450 for scheduling assistance.  Candidate Advancement Program registration is unavailable during the first 7 calendar days of each month, as it is reserved for PFQ appointments.  Candidates are encouraged to take the PFQ every month to see improvement and work on building a better score.

PFQ Test

Offered at the following locations:

Ahmanson Recruit Training Center
5651 W. Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Mon. & Wed. 6PM – 9PM, Sat. 7:30AM – 10:30AM

LAPD Police Academy
1880 Academy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tues. & Thurs. 6PM – 9PM

Devonshire Police Station
10250 Etiwanda Ave, Northridge, CA 91324
Phone: (818) 832-0633
Tues. & Thurs. 6PM – 9PM

Please note classes are not held on holidays, holiday weekends, or rainy days.
For More information regarding CAP and the PFQ, refer to the LAPD CAP Manual.