2021 Cadet Hiring Process

AFD is currently conducting the 2021 Fire Cadet Hiring Process.

Application Process: CLOSED.

Written Exam: COMPLETED.

You can find your written exam test score using your Confirmation Number. 

Structured Oral Process (SOP): COMPLETED. 

Structured Oral Process composite scores are located under Initial Rank Hiring List.

Veteran Preference Points: SUBMISSIONS CLOSED.

View the Military Bonus Points, listed by Confirmation Number. 

Ranked Hiring List

2021 Fire Cadet Final Ranked List 

Candidates with order rank of 1 - 460 are eligible to continue with the 2021 Fire Cadet Hiring Process (see below). Candidates with ranks of, or greater than, 460: Thank you for participating! We encourage you to apply again in 2023.

  • RANKS 1 thru 230 - Group 1: We will invite (via e-mail) candidates ranked 1- 230 to participate in the first pre-hire assessments, which will begin in August and run through mid-December.  Pre-Hire Applicant Weekend will be held September 18 - 20, 2021. Candidates will take a psychological assessment test in preparation for their psychological appointment and receive the Candidate Physical Ability Test® (CPAT) orientations. Attendance is mandatory for Applicant Weekend. 
  • RANKS 231 thru 460 - Group 2: Candidates with a rank of 231 - 460 will be assigned to Group 2, whose pre-hire assessments will be held in 2022. 

All pre-hire assessments are Pass/Fail and include (but are not limited to) a medical assessment with chest X-rays and lab work, psychological assessment, background check (including fingerprinting), and CPAT.

The Final Ranked Eligibility List will be comprised of applicants who pass ALL pre-hire assessments. In accordance with applicable law, all Fire Cadets will be hired from this eligibility list in rank order for the duration of the life of the list, which will be 24 months. (Since all pre-hire screenings are Pass/Fail, candidates may be eliminated, but the rank order of eligibility list stays the same.) 

Fire Cadet Academies will be scheduled for the beginning of 2022, with a third Academy scheduled to start in the fall of 2022.Tentatively, we are also scheduled for two Fire Cadet Academies in 2023. (Note that Cadet Academies are based on the needs of the Department. Additionally, not all candidates who complete and pass pre-hire assessments will be seated in an Academy; space must exist in an Academy class to accommodate a successful candidate.)


All questions should be sent to FireEmployment@austintexas.gov.

Applicants will receive a number of e-mails from this e-mail address. Please ensure you take measures so they get through to your inbox, and are not flagged as spam or junk. The Austin Fire Department is not responsible for e-mail messages that are sent, but do not reach you.

The Austin Fire Department (AFD) is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. AFD is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, e-mail FireEmployment@austintexas.gov.