COPAT is an assessment tool used to identify candidates who possess the minimal physical abilities required to meet the demands of the job. The COPAT simulates the physical tasks that must be performed by Correctional Officers (CO).
Each activity is reduced to its simplest form demonstrating normal work experiences. The test requires candidates to complete a number of consecutive activities within 3 minutes and is pass/fail.
Candidates will be charged a non-refundable $50.00 administrative fee to take the test and will receive a certificate following successful completion. Cheques will be made out to the Minister of Finance. Fees must be paid prior to taking the test.
Each of the test activities must be completed successfully prior to moving onto the next item in the circuit. If an individual commits an error at one of the stations, then they must start that specific station again while the time is not interrupted.
Failure to complete any of the test items will disqualify the candidate.
All test items with the exception of the weight carry, must be completed within the strictly enforced time limit of 3:20 minutes.
Candidates must be medically cleared to complete the test. Candidates must notify their physicians of the physical demands of testing and cautioned that individuals who are not accustomed to regular strenuous exercise and/or have been identified as having medical conditions (e.g. heart disease) could be at risk during testing.
Candidates are required to provide informed consent acknowledging their rights and responsibilities, and the physical requirements of testing. Candidates accept the risk associated with test participation and agree to indemnify Correctional Services.
Each component of the test will be explained to ensure candidates understand they will be performing maximum work and, that as a direct result of their efforts, they will experience their maximum heart rate. They will be watched closely throughout the test and may be stopped if there is any sign of abnormal difficulty.
Candidates are advised:
Candidates must have blood pressure on or below 144/94. Should a candidate present high blood pressure (BP) prior to taking the test, he/she will be permitted a 15 minute period of rest to allow time to return to normal before being retested. If normal, he/she is permitted to take the test. However, if their BP is still elevated, further medical documentation will be required. Once there is approval from the candidate’s doctor then the test can be administered.
Candidates must complete warm-up activities for a period of three to five minutes to lessen the risk of injury. You should already be physically active. One should not expect to pass or perform the COPAT unless you are familiar with consistent physical/demanding activity.
COPAT Medical Clearance Form
Studies have shown that candidates who undertake a 6 week training program have a greater chance of completing the test successfully.
Challenging yourself and becoming physically active are very important elements to successfully passing the COPAT. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a consistent exercise regime are also crucial. Significant intensity is required to reach your maximum heart rate and maintain that heart rate for 20 minutes. This can be achieved by implementing the following
This is an aerobic type activity; jogging, stair climbing, swimming, speed walking. You should remember to vary your speed and add additional challenges.
Also known as muscular strength training; can be achieved by using resistance bands, weights, body weight and circuits at 3-5 sets per session. Attempt to use all major muscle groups (legs, shoulders, triceps, back, biceps, and abs).
Interval training combines short/high intensity bursts of speed within short recovery phases that are repeated throughout a single workout. For example, tuck jump, lateral running, shuttle runs, plyometric jump, box sprints, push-ups, sit ups, lateral plyometric jumps, v-sits, and lunges.
Interval sets should last 30-120 seconds and performed at 80-90% maximum heart rate. Beginners are recommended to maintain short intervals lasting 6-30 seconds. The shorter the interval phase, the faster the recovery for the next interval. If you are doing 10 second intervals you may recover in 60 seconds. It is important to remember that work/rest ratio varies, when at rest you should perform light weight activity. Progression is key if you are not physically active; over time
Gradually increase the difficulty of the program.