Push ups

The push up test is designed to test an applicant's upper body strength and endurance. It is an important aspect of firearms and officer survival training.

Performing the test

  • Lay flat on the ground in a prone position with hands by your shoulders and your feet together.
  • Push up from the ground straightening the arms with the back straight and the feet together.
  • Lower the body until the elbows are at 90 degrees (90º) and then extend the arms to return to the start position.
  • Repeat this action without stopping until you are unable to complete a push up or display poor form. You may complete the push up test from your knees or your toes.

Success criteria

You must complete 25 push ups and will be allowed one (1) attempt only.

Test tips

  • If doing push ups from the knees, ensure your feet are crossed and your back is straight.
  • Lock the elbows when at the top of the push up.
  • Use slow controlled movements and keep in time with the assessors cadence.
  • Train to do more than the required 25 push ups.

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