The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission Division of Law Enforcement (FWC) measures physical
abilities deemed necessary to perform the duties of an FWC Officer
through the administration of physical assessments based upon the
Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research Standards. Muscular endurance,
dynamic strength, explosive power, cardio respiratory fitness and
being able to swim a timed distance are the abilities to be
This video shows how the test is administered: http://youtu.be/7hxeo3T5a4Q
- Vertical Jump
- A measurement is taken to determine the applicant's highest
- Using vertical jump equipment, the applicant jumps and touches
the highest possible vane. Prior to jump one foot must remain
stationary on the ground.
- The jump height is the difference between the highest reach and
the jump height.
- The best of three tries is the score.
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Strength - 1 Minute Sit-Up
- The applicant starts by lying on the back, knees bent, heels
flat on the ground, with hands behind head with fingers interlaced.
Avoid pulling on head with hands. The buttocks must remain on the
ground with no thrusting of hips.
- A partner holds feet down firmly.
- The applicant then performs as many correct sit ups as possible
in one minute.
- In the up position, the individual must touch elbows to knees
and then return until the shoulder blades touch the ground.
- Score is the total number of correct sit ups. Any resting shall
be done in the up position.
- Breathing should be as normal as possible, making sure the
applicant does not hold their breath.
- Neck remains in neutral position.
- Do not pull on head or neck.
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Endurance - 1 Minute Push-Up
- The hands are placed slightly more than shoulder width apart,
with fingers pointing forward. The administrator places once fist
on the ground below the applicants chest. If male is testing
female, a 3 inch sponge shall be placed under the sternum to
substitute for a fist.
- Starting from the up position (elbows extended), the applicant
must keep back straight at all times and lower the body towards the
ground until the chest touches the administrators fist. The
applicant then returns to the up position (elbows extended). This
is one repetition.
- The resting position is only in the up position. Both hands
must remain in contact with the ground at all times.
- The total number of correct pushups in one minute is recorded
as the score.
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Fitness - 1.5 Mile Run
- Applicants should not eat a heavy meal or smoke for at least
2-3 hour prior to the test. Applicants should warm up and stretch
thoroughly prior to the test.
- If possible, each applicant should have experienced some
practice in pacing prior to the test. Often applicants will attempt
to run too fast early in the run and become fatigued
- The applicant runs 1.5 miles as fast as possible. If a 440 yard
track is used, 6 laps must be completed using the inside lane. If
using a 400 meter track, an additional 15 yards must be added after
the 6 laps are completed.
- During the administration of the test, the applicants can be
informed of their lap times. Finish times are called out and
- Upon completion of the test, a mandatory cool down period will
be enforced. The applicants should walk slowly for about 5 minutes
immediately after the run.
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|Men & Women
||Maximum Time All Ages
- Applicant will enter pool without diving.
- The applicant is required to swim 300 yards.
- The applicant must swim continuously in a forward motion,
without stopping, utilizing any stroke desired, while not touching
the bottom of the pool.
- The applicant is permitted to push off at the ends of the pool
when making turns.
- The applicant is not permitted to touch the lane dividers.