Recruitment Process

The selection process for AES covers several selection phases:

  1. Attendance of a practise day (this is optional but recommended)
  2. Submission of application
  3. Pre- entry physical test
  4. PAC day
  5. Interview phase
  6. Medical and police clearance along with CAA security checks
  7. Offer of employment

Before you start your selection process, attendance at a practise session is highly recommended prior to applying for Airport Emergency Service (AES).
The practise session is run over 2-hour blocks, and will allow interested parties the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ with every component of the Pre-Entry Physical Test.
Run in small groups, a practice session allows the opportunity to meet current AES staff, as well as to evaluate yourself before undertaking the Pre-Entry Physical Test as part of the competitive selection process.
During a practice session you will participate in a ‘Beep Test’ followed by Job Related Tasks. After which will be the opportunity to ask questions regarding the role, and the selection process.

Practice sessions will be run at Auckland Airport, and are limited to the following dates and times:

  • August 17th – 0700 and 0900
  • August 25th – 0700 and 0900
  • August 31st – 0700 and 0900
  • September 8th – 0700 and 0900

Bookings are essential, and numbers are limited

This job requires a high level of physical ability. The pre-entry physical test and PAC days both contain rigorous physical elements to test applicants and ensure that they are capable of performing the role. Failure to complete the Pre-entry physical will prevent your application progressing further.

If you have any questions about the pre-entry physical or any other part of the recruitment process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Evolution 1 – Hose reel simulated extension

Pre Entry Physical Test

All candidates must pass a standardised test to ensure they can meet the physical requirements of the role. This is done through the Pre Entry Physical Test (PPT). The PPT involves a maximal effort beep test to determine the candidates’ aerobic capacity.

After a brief recovery window, successful candidates must undertake testing of Job Related Fitness Tests through seven evolutions designed to test the candidates’ aerobic fitness, muscular endurance and strength.

Test 1 – 20 Metre Beep Test

This test is used to estimate the candidates VO2 max (maximum oxygen uptake).

The test involves running continuously between two points that are 20 m apart. These runs are synchronized with pre-recorded laptop software, which plays beeps at set intervals. As the test proceeds, the interval between each successive beep reduces, forcing the candidate to increase their speed over the course of the test, until it is impossible to keep in sync with the recording (or, in rare occasions, if the athlete completes the test). If the candidate fails to make the line before the next beep they are given a warning and must make the next 20m before the beep. The recording is typically structured into 21 'levels', each of which lasts around 62 seconds.

The interval of beeps is calculated as requiring a speed at the start of 8.5 km/h, increasing by 0.5 km/h with each level thereafter. The progression from one level to the next is signalled by 3 quick beeps.

The highest level attained before failing to keep up is recorded as the score for that test. Candidates must complete a minimum of Level 8.6 (equating to approx. 42ml/kg/min VO2) to be considered able to advance onto the job related fitness test.

However, as the selection is competitive, candidates should give themselves every opportunity of advancing by scoring as high as they are able.

A brief recovery period will be allowed for all candidates.

Test 2 – Job Related Fitness Tests

Evolution 1 – Hose reel simulated extension

Evolution 2 – Equipment / stretcher carry

Evolution 3 – Horizontal haul

Evolution 4 – Step block with bandolier

Evolution 5 – Hose carry and confined space

Evolution 6 – Step block with bandolier

Evolution 7 – Ski ERG

Evolution 8 – Sled drag

Check out our video playlist for more detail on each evolution!

Evolution 7 - SKI ERG