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CBPO Fitness Test
This page explains the fitness test for the Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO). Prior to administering the CBPO Fitness Test, read the Administrator Instructions and Fitness Fact Sheet provided in the links to the right.
The five (5) components of the CBPO Fitness Test are as follows and must be administered in this order offering a 3-minute rest period between each test. The provided CBPO audio CD MUST be used for the administration of this test.
Test administrators will simulate all required movements. Practice the demonstrations you are to perform in order to familiarize yourself completely with all testing requirements.
- Explain that this is a timed test, requiring the applicant to complete as many proper form push-ups in sixty (60) seconds as possible. The depth of the push-up will be measured by using a 4” high foam block. If needed, rest between push-ups must be taken in the “up position.”
- The applicant will start in the “up position” with elbows locked and hands spaced shoulder width apart, with the thumbs aligned with the crease of the shoulder. The body must be kept in a straight line with the feet close together. Once the applicant is in the “up position,” place the 4” foam block directly below the sternum/chest.
- Keeping the body straight the applicant will drop down until the sternum/chest touches the foam block. Then maintaining a straight body, the applicant will push up until the elbows are straight. This completes one proper form push-up.
- Instruct the applicant when to start and stop and count proper form push-ups aloud.
- The Push-Up Test will stop:
- When 60 seconds have expired – OR –
- When the applicant cannot perform any more push-ups and stops –OR-
- When the applicant’s knees touch the ground
- Document the number of proper form push-ups completed on the score sheet.
Push-Ups that SHOULD NOT be COUNTED:
- Sagging back
- Raised buttocks
- Feet spread wide apart
- ˝ push-ups, where the applicant fails to touch the foam block or come all the way until elbows are locked
2. Side Step
- Two trials should be given. Allow the applicant 20 seconds to rest between trials.
- Explain that this is a timed test and each trial will be scored by the number of outside line touches or crosses with one foot and center line crosses with both feet completed in 10 seconds. (Attached photo and diagram)
- Have the applicant stand up straight with one foot on each side of the center line. Make sure that the feet are parallel to the center line.
- Have the applicant slide or side step to one side until the closest foot touches or crosses the outside line. The applicant then slides or side steps in the other direction until the closest foot touches or crosses the other outside line. The applicant continues this action for 10 seconds attempting to touch or cross the outside lines as many times as possible in 10 seconds.
- In order for an outside line touch to count, both feet must be on the same side of the center line.
- The applicant should not cross his/her feet during the test. The applicant’s shoulders and torso should remain forward facing during the test.
- If the applicant crosses his/her feet or turns his/her torso, PAUSE the CD, allow the applicant 20 seconds to rest, and manually administer the 10-second retrial using your stop watch.
- If the applicant fails to maintain the proper positioning on a retrial, the score on that trail should be marked zero (0) on the score sheet.
- Instruct the applicant when to start and stop and count line touches/crosses aloud.
- Each trial will stop:
- When 10 seconds have expired –OR-
- If the applicant fails to maintain proper positioning during a trial
- Record the total number of crosses/touches properly completed. The total should include: 1. Right line crosses/touches with one foot; 2. center line crosses with both feet; 3. left line crosses/touches with one foot.
- Explain that this is a timed test, requiring the applicant to complete as many proper form sit-ups in sixty (60) seconds as possible. If needed, rest between sit-ups must be taken in the “up position.”
- The test administrator must hold the applicant’s feet during the test with the test administrator’s hands.
- The applicant will start with his/her back flat on the floor and his/her knees bent at a 90 degree angle. There should be an 18 inch to 20 inch separation between his/her heels and buttocks. Tell the applicant to place his/her hands behind his/her head with the fingers straight and the weight of the head resting on the fingers. This is required in the “down position.”
- To get to the required “up position” the applicant will contract the abdominal muscles so as to lift the head and upper body off the floor to the point where his/her elbows touch his/her knees or upper thighs. Next the applicant will return to the starting (down) position so that the shoulder blades touch the ground. This completes one proper form sit-up.
- Instruct the applicant when to start and stop and count proper form sit-ups aloud.
- The Sit-up Test will stop:
- When 60 seconds have expired –OR-
- When the applicant stays down with his/her back on the floor for more than 2 seconds – OR –
- The applicant cannot perform any more sit-ups and stops
- Record the number of proper form sit-ups completed on the score sheet.
Sit-Ups that SHOULD NOT be COUNTED:
- Buttocks raised off the floor
- Fingers/hands not behind the head
- Arms are used to get up from the down position to the up position
- 1/2 sit-ups, where the applicant fails to touch elbows to knees or upper thighs or shoulders that do not touch the floor
4. Lift Lower
- Explain that this is a timed test, requiring the applicant to complete 8 lift/lower cycles as quickly as possible without exceeding one minute.
- To ensure the applicant’s safety during this test give him/her instructions on
- Moving his/her feet when turning to position the crate on the table
- Using his/her leg muscles to extend and lower
- Keeping his/her back as straight as possible throughout the test
- The applicant must lift the fifty-pound crate from the floor to the 30-inch high table, release his/her grip, re-grip, and lower the crate back to the floor. A full cycle is counted when the crate is returned to the floor.
- Instruct the applicant when to start and stop and count lift/lower cycles aloud.
- The Lift/Lower Test will stop:
- When the applicant has completed 8 lift/lower cycles
- When the applicant cannot perform any more lifts.
- Record the number of lifts completed and the time on the score sheet.
5. Step Test
- Explain that this is a timed test, requiring the applicant to remain in cadence with the CD provided for 5-minutes.
- Make sure to step with the applicant during the recorded practice phase of the CD.
- Before beginning, ensure that the applicant can hear the audio.
- Start the stopwatch on the cue from the audio tape and stop when the test is ended.
- The Step Test will stop when:
- The applicant successfully steps in cadence for 5 minutes
- The applicant stops stepping in cadence for 3 or more consecutive sequences (up, up, down, down, up, up, down, down, up, up, down, down)
- The applicant fails to maintain stepping cadence for a total of 6 cadence sequences (“up, up, down, down” is one sequence)
- The applicant pushes on his/her leg to assist in stepping
- The Test Administrator feels that the applicant is posing a health risk to themselves (i.e. dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, severe shortness of breath, or complaint of chest pain).
- Record the time that the test was stopped and whether the applicant passed or failed on the score sheet.
To familizarize yourself with the components of the fitness exam, please view the following presentation:
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CBPO Administration Instructions
CBPO Fitness Facts Sheet
CBPO Fitness Test Paperwork
The following audio file can be downloaded and burned to a CD-R to replace a missing or lost audio CD temporarily.
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Customs and Border Protection Officer Narrated Preemployment Fitness Test - Test Administrator Version
Control: CBPO TA AUD 1, 02/24/06