Frequently Asked Questions

FITCO Testing day and what is required for testing in Hamilton at the Academy.


Test Day Prepartion

In preparation for taking part in the FITCO, please follow these instructions:

  • Complete the PAR-Q form, which identifies the presence of medical conditions that could pose a risk during exercise. If you are over 40 years of age AND not accustomed to the regular strenuous exercise of a correctional officer OR if you answer “yes” to any of the PAR-Q questions listed below, you must receive clearance from a physician using the PARmed-X form before taking part in the FITCO. Take the FITCO Participant Consent and Release form to the physician along with the PARmed-X form so that the physician is aware of what you will be doing when performing the FITCONote: If untruthful or misleading answers are given, the applicant may be found unsuitable for employment, or if accepted for employment, could be subsequently dismissed.

The PAR-Q:

  1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing any physical activity?
  4. Do you loose you balance because of dizziness or do you ever loose consciousness?
  5. Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical condition?
  6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for a blood pressure or heart condition?
  7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?


  • Applicants who possess two or more of the following major coronary risk factors should receive medical clearance (using the PARmed-X form) before participating in the FITCO;
  1. A family history of myocardial infarction or sudden death before 55 years of age;
  2. Currently smoke cigarettes;
  3. Have high blood pressure;
  4. Have diabetes mellitus;
  5. Have high blood cholesterol;
  6. Are in a sedentary occupation and are physically inactive;
  • Complete the Informed Consent and release document, which provides information about the FITCOtest and any risks associated with participation.
  • In preparation for testing, be aware of the following:
  1. Exercise Attire: Wear running shoes and exercise clothing. Hats cannot be worn during the testing as they can interfere with candidates’ performance if they fall off.
  2. Smoking: Do not smoke for two hours prior to the test.
  3. Food & Beverages: Do not eat for at least two hours prior to the test and refrain from drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages prior to the test.
  4. Exercise: Do not exercise vigorously in the 24 hours prior to the test.
  5. Arrive at the test site at least 30 minutes prior to your test appointment time to allow your blood pressure to normalize. Bring your completed PAR-Q (and if required - the completed PARmed-X) and Informed Consent forms with you.


Bring government issued Photo ID (ie. driver's license, passport)



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