Fitness Advice

Beep Test Changes for Vic Police

Police Fitness Test Scores Lowered

The Victorian Police recruit application process has just been made a little easier with police lowering the physical standard of it’s toughest fitness test, the dreaded Beep Test.

The beep test, also known as the multi-stage fitness test, 20m shuttle run or bleep test has always been the hardest test that potential recruits struggle with when applying to join the Victorian Police. Over the years we have trained a huge number of clients who were wanting to join one of the Emergency Services (Police, Fire Brigade, ADF) and each and every client has had the same question.

How Do I Improve My Beep Test!

Since its introduction as a fitness requirement, successful recruits needed to achieve a 6.10 level to become a police officer, compared to level 9.6 to become an MFB firefighter or join the CFA. The fitness requirement has now been lowered to 5.10 and has already received criticism from exisiting officers and new recruits who have previously put in all the hard effort and training to reach the old 6.10 requirement.

Victorian Police Multi-Stage Fitness Test

New Pass Standard: Level 5.01 – 33 shuttles and is 660m and 4 minutes and 18 seconds of running.
Old Pass Standard: Level 6.10 – 51 shuttles and is 1020m and 6 minutes and 20 seconds of running.

MFB Fire Fighter Multi-Stage Fitness Test

Current Standard: Level 9.06 – 78 shuttles and is 1560m and 9 minutes and 02 seconds of running.

A police spokeswoman said the change has been made to align the fitness entrance requirement for police and PSOs with other police jurisdictions across Australia.

“The agreement was approved on 1 December, 2011 with the implementation of the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement which took affect at the start of July, 2012. Applications from those who did not meet the previous fitness standard between those dates are being reviewed,’’

So what is the Beep Test?

The beep test is used to estimate your maximum oxygen uptake better known as VO2Max. The test involves running continuously between two points that are 20 metres apart and you must time your running speed to match a pre-recorded audio tape, CD or laptop which plays beeps at set intervals. As the beep test proceeds, the interval between each successive beep reduces, forcing the runner to increase their speed between the shuttles, until it is impossible to keep in sync with the recording. The test finishes when participants either becomes too tired and stops running or they record two consecutive misses at reaching the lines in time for the beep.

Have the new standards been set too low? We would love to hear your thoughts below?

If you are looking to join any of the Emergency Services you should take your preparation seriously. Learn more about our Emergency Service Fitness Training

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