It is not uncommon for workers to be required to undergo health checks and fitness assessments in order to gain employment. Such assessments can be known as workplace fitness assessments, recruitment testing, pre-employment functional capacity evaluation and many other variations of these. Whatever the name, for entry into most defense force units or the police or fire department, you are usually required to pass a physical fitness test of some sort.
Sometimes this assessment will just involve being able to run a certain distance under a certain time, and perform exercises such as a certain number of sit ups or push-ups. However, some departments have developed a more specific testing protocol, which can include such things as requiring you to perform an obstacle course which involves climbing over things and carrying objects, which more closely resemble the demands of the occupation.
There are many people who believe that the testing that is conducted is wrong or should be different. We have discussed whether fitness assessments should be conducted at all.
Workplace Fitness Assessments
For specific examples of workplace assessments, see these pages
- Navy (+ Marines, Coast Guard)
- Air Force
- Law Enforcement (Police)
- Fire Department
- General forces tests.
- Sports Officials
- University Students
The same tests are sorted by country, so you can look up the different workplace assessments required for the departments in your country.
Here are descriptions of tests developed specifically for employment assessments. There are also descriptions of some of the forces fitness tests on the sports fitness test list.
- Sharkey Step Test — this test was developed to evaluate the aerobic fitness of US Forestry workers.
- Employment test criticisms
- How to Pass the UK Police Fitness Test
- Poll: Should women have the same fitness testing standards as men?
- Poll: Should Forces Testing Standards Be Age Related?
- Videos of forces fitness testing