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Corrections Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT)

Candidates and recruits to Saskatchewan Corrections must meet the basic physical requirements. The COPAT is a timed physical abilities test comprised of activities designed to reflect the physical challenges faced in a corrections environment.

The COPAT is an assessment administered by a trained professional, completed as a timed circuit, and graded on a pass/fail basis.

You must complete the test to ensure you meet the physical demands of the job and associated training. As part of the COPAT, you must first pass a screening component to ensure you are medically ready to participate. The consent and medical clearance forms will be provided to you by the COPAT instructors. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the COPAT. This certificate will be valid for any positions applied for within six months. Attached to your application must be proof of having successfully passed the COPAT, or equivalent, within the previous six months.

Note: If you have completed similar physical abilities tests administered by a verified agency, within the last six months, you may not need to take the Saskatchewan COPAT. Contact a recruitment officer at for a determination of equivalency.

Elements of the COPAT include:

  • STATION 1: Start and run 50 feet (two turns)
  • STATION 2: Stair Run
  • STATION 3: Mobility, Agility and Speed Run
  • STATION 4: Push Station (70 lbs.)
  • STATION 5: Pull Station (70 lbs.)
  • STATION 6: Modified Squat Thrust and Stand
  • STATION 7: Weight Carry and Finish (70 lbs.)
  • Completion Time: 3 minutes 20 seconds

The videos listed in the Related Items below provide a visual representation of COPAT tests in other Canadian jurisdictions. The Saskatchewan COPAT will be similar.

Book a COPAT

You must book your appointment directly with the contact information listed below for each location. You will receive additional information once you confirmed a date. The fee per test is paid by the applicant and the cost is set by the respective educational institution.

Additionally, there are courses offered by the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan to help you prepare for your COPAT. An internet search of COPAT (and equivalent) programs may also provide self-directed preparation suggestions.

Saskatoon: College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
Prince Albert: Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Prince Albert Campus
Regina: Centre for Health, Wellness and Performance

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