What is the cost of the test?

The test is $250.00 + $32.50 (HST) = $282.50

Payment in full must be made by credit card at the time of registration.


How do I register for a test in Waterloo?

Waterloo registration.


How do I register for a test in Ottawa?

Ottawa registration.


What happens when I arrive for my test?

When you arrive, you will be met by a member of the OPPATTM testing team. You will then be introduced to the Clinical Support Administrator, this is the individual who will:

  • provide you with additional health and demographic documentation to complete.
  • review your completed PAR-Q+ and related medical documentation.
  • measure your pre-test vitals.
  • outfit you with a heart-rate monitor that will be worn for the duration of the appointment.

When you have completed your paperwork and pre-test vitals assessment, you will be introduced to the Certified OPPATTM  Evaluator – this is the individual who will be providing with instructions throughout the test. The Certified OPPATTM  Evaluator will explain the testing process, including the tasks that are to be completed during the test, as well as the pass/fail criteria.

Finally, you will be introduced to your OPPATTM Paramedic Lifting Partner. This individual is an active duty paramedic who will be working with you throughout the test.



How long will my appointment take?

Your appointment will take approximately one (1) hour.


What happens after the test?

The Clinical Support Administrator  will monitor your post-test vitals for a period of time, after which you will be able to leave.


When will I know the results of my test?

The Certified OPPATTM Evaluator will let you know your results at the end of your test. You will receive a certificate via email within 72 hours confirming your results. Your certificate will be valid for six (6) months from the date of your test.


If I don’t pass the test, can I re-take it?

You can re-take the test, but you are required to wait a minimum of six weeks before doing so.


What happens if my blood pressure or heart rate are high during the pre-test vitals assessment?

For safety reasons, if your resting blood pressure is above 150/95 mmHg and/or your resting heart rate is above 100 bpm prior to testing, testing cannot take place. You will be provided with a letter to take to your family physician or regulated healthcare practitioner requesting additional medical clearance to participate in testing. Once you have obtained clearance from your physician, testing can be re-scheduled; there will be no additional cost to reschedule your test.


What happens if my heart rate is elevated during the testing?

The Clinical Support Administrator will monitor your heart rate continuously throughout testing using a heart rate chest strap and watch. If your heart rate exceeds our safety guidelines, the test will be stopped and you will be monitored for a period of time in order to ensure that your heart-rate returns to baseline. In order to do the OPPATTM, you will be required to get written medical authorization from your physician or regulated healthcare practitioner. Once you have the medical authorization, you can reschedule your test for no additional cost.


Who is going to me my lifting partner for the test?

Your OPPATTM Paramedic Lifting Partner is an active duty paramedic currently employed in a Paramedic / Emergency Medical Service in Ontario.