The Richmond Youth Academy is now
accepting New Cadet applications for the 2014 session. Youth, ages
14-18, who will commit to the program principles of academic achievement,
community service and self-discipline are encouraged to apply. Priority
will be given to returning cadets and City of Richmond residents.
The application selection process has been modified to mirror the
entry-level firefighter process. This includes:
Multiple-choice written examination
The Richmond Youth Academy is an extra curricular activity. In addition
to maintaining an acceptable academic grade point average, applicants
will be required to complete a 100 question multiple-choice test,
and earn a passing score of 70 percent. All test questions are directly
based from information in the Cadet
The purpose of this portion in the application process is to validate
that a potential cadets can successfully manage their school-required
workload, while taking on the intense study habits required of the
Richmond Youth Academy curriculum.
Successful completion of the written examination is required before
moving on to the physical abilities test.
Physical abilities test
The Richmond Youth Academy curriculum incorporates extreme physical
performance standards, as cadets participate in simulated fire ground
operations. In an effort to maintain safety as a priority and prevent
injury, the Richmond Youth Academy has developed a physical abilities
test based on the Presidential Physical Fitness Test (for high school
students) at the 50th Percentile. The requirements are as follows:
7 minute mile
8 minute mile
Successful completions of both the written examination and the
physical abilities test, are required before moving on to the oral
The final portion of the new cadet selection process is the oral
interview. This interview is designed to evaluate an applicant based
on need and desire. Standard questions will be asked to all applicants
and responses will be evaluated and scored.
After completing an application, applicants will receive dates and
times to report to each portion of the examination.