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Step 1. Application Gateway - Part 1

Fire and Rescue NSW has identified psychometric testing as the most effective way to determine the suitability of candidates to progress forward, and the likely fit to the organisation.

The psychometric tests used have been selected to align predictive future performance, beliefs and values of candidates to the role requirements and organisational values. Responses are reviewed by an external psychometric testing provider (Revelian) to generate a suitability score. This score is then used to rank male and female candidates (in separate streams) to determine who is selected to progress to the next step.

Applicant requirements

Applicants to the 2017 Firefighter Recruitment campaign:

  • Must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen. If you are a firefighter from another country, you will still need to satisfy these requirements before applying.
  • Must have a minimum educational qualification at the level of HSC, Certificate III in any discipline or Trade Certificate.
  • Must have a minimum of a Provisional (green) P2 driver licence.

If successful, on completion of recruit training, graduates will be stationed in the Sydney metropolitan area. Please note opportunities for transfer to regional areas are limited.

For additional information please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Candidate Information Pack (PDF).

Phase 1 – Submit your application online

Once the campaign opens, candidates need to complete the online application process available on this website, uploading a copy of your driver licence as a PDF, Word or HTML file and responding to a series of targeted questions, which will be assessed should you progress to the Merit-based Recruitment Stages. You are also strongly advised to read the recruitment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Candidate Information pack.

After online applications close all candidates will be invited to move to Phase 2 - FIRST online assessment.

Note: FRNSW communicates to all candidates via the email address you provide in your application - please ensure that you monitor your inbox regularly.

Phase 2 – FIRST online assessment

Candidates will receive an email invitation to complete Phase 2 – FIRST online assessment after the application period has closed. This step must be completed within four days of receiving an invitation to participate. The online assessment is made up of two assessments which take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Cognitive ability: This test examines your verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, and your ability to acquire, retain, organise and apply information. This test has a 20-minute time limit. You can access an example cognitive ability test at http://www.revelian.com/example-questions-cognitive-ability/.

Work safety assessment: This assessment will ask you to indicate your attitudes and opinions toward a variety of safety-related statements and situations. This assessment is not timed but should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Stage progression

Candidates with the highest suitability score will be invited to move forward to Phase 3 – SECOND online assessment.

Note: follow the links below for tips to help you get the most out of psychometric tests.

Phase 3 – SECOND online assessment

Phase 3 – SECOND online assessment is a two-part online assessment which takes approximately one hour to complete.

Emotional intelligence: This test measures the capacity to perceive, understand and manage emotions in yourself and when dealing with others. The test consists of multiple choice questions and, although not timed, takes approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Work reliability scale: This test will ask you to indicate your attitudes and opinions toward a variety of work-related statements and situations related to employee honesty and reliability. The test, although not timed, takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Your responses to Phase 3 – SECOND online assessment are again reviewed by an external psychometric testing provider. The responses from all four assessments (FIRST and SECOND online assessments) are then used to generate an overall suitability score. This score is used to rank male and female candidates to determine who is selected to progress to the next step.

Stage progression

Candidates with the highest suitability score will be invited to move forward to step 2 of the application process, Application Gateway – Part 2 – the Physical Aptitude Test (PAT).