Employment Opportunities

About the Written Assessment

The Charlotte Fire Department only accepts applications online during a designated window of time each year, usually in the fall.

Applicants who successfully submitted an employment application should receive an email with information to register online for the Written Entrance Exam. This step is required if you wish to continue in the process.

Registration will open on Tuesday, November 8th at 8:00am est and will close on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 5:00pm est. If you do not register for the written test before the closing deadline, your application will be automatically closed for the 2017 hiring process.

If you did not receive your email, please contact the recruitment team as soon as possible at cfdrecruitment@charlottenc.gov.

The Written Assessment (Basic Skills) Exam will be offered on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

The firefighter exam is designed to assess:

  • How well you observe things and how well you remember what you observed

  • Your ability to listen to and understand complex spoken instructions

  • Your ability to read with understanding

  • Your basic computational skills

  • Your ability to understand the mechanical relationships between objects

  • Personal factors related to such areas as teamwork, perseverance, and motivation

NEW for 2015-16:

The Charlotte Fire Department has an audio file and accompanying preparation guide with more information about the exam. Read through the guide and listen to the audio file (below) to learn more about the assessment and how best to prepare. Click here or on the image below to view and download the guide.

Examination Preparation Guide