Construction work is physical, and your body is your most essential tool.
Because being physically fit is key to injury prevention and a long-term career, fitness assessments are part of our application process. Test results are not shared without your consent.
It’s important to know that this testing isn’t done to keep you from getting into your program – it’s to help you, Women Building Futures and your future employers make informed decisions on how to avoid incidents and injuries in training and on the job.
When Will I Be Assessed?
After a successful interview, your recruitment advisor will email you the information you need to book your fitness testing session.
What Am I Assessed On?
In addition to the physical testing, the process includes:
- A drug and alcohol test.
- A vision, hearing and lung test (lung test currently on hold).
- A medical and musculoskeletal (muscle, bone and joint) assessment to determine if you can safely complete the critical strength and mobility testing.
What Will I Need to Do?
The 25 lb, 35 lb and 50 lb tests that apply to our programs all have the following components. The weight you use depends on the test level.
- Warm-up step test (3 minutes to pace of music)
- Floor-to-waist lifts (3 sets of 5 repetitions)
- lift a box from a table and touch it to the floor
- Sustained trunk flexion (held for 3 minutes)
- stand with feet shoulder-width apart, bent forward approximately 45 degrees at the hips.
- Waist-to-waist lift (2 sets of 5 repetitions)
- lift a box from a table
- carry it 10 feet
- touch the box to the ground
- return the box to the table
- 1-hand carry (1 set of 4 repetitions – 2 right-handed, 2 left-handed)
- carry a weight in 1 hand like a suitcase or toolbox
- walk 10 feet
- walk 10 feet
- return to starting point
- Long carry (3 sets of 3 repetitions)
- lift a box from the floor
- carry it 20 feet
- touch the box to the floor
- return to starting point
- crouch for 1 minute
- kneel for 1 minute
- Overhead lift (2 sets of 5 repetitions)
- lift a weight from a table to overhead (like putting something on a high shelf)
Lift and carry weights
|Exercise||25 lb test||35 lb test||50 lb test|
|Floor-to-waist lift||25 lbs||35 lbs||50 lbs|
|Waist-to-waist lift||25 lbs||35 lbs||50 lbs|
|1-hand carry||15 lbs||15 lbs||25 lbs|
|Overhead lift||15 lbs||15 lbs||25 lbs|
|Long carry||25 lbs||35 lbs||50 lbs|
How heavy is 25 lbs, 35 lbs, 50 lbs, really?
Here are some common items that weigh approximately 25 lbs, 35 lbs and 50 lbs. Comparisons courtesy of SureHire.
How Do I Prepare?
If you want to work on your physical conditioning ahead of the test, here are some ways to prepare at home.
Try starting out with books, soup cans or bottles filled with water, sand or rocks. As you’re ready to add weight, you can replace the bottles with laundry detergent jugs.
Once you’ve mastered the weighted detergent jugs, try adding weight to any of the following:
- briefcase or suitcase
- grocery bags
If you have a bathroom scale, you can put the bag on it to see how much weight you’re adding.
Use the stairs inside or outside your home and step up and down the first 3 steps for 3 minutes. Put on some upbeat music to help keep your energy up.
Walk 30 minutes a day while carrying weights (grab that weighted backpack and take it for a walk!)
Try shadow boxing.
If you don’t have resistance bands, try using bungee cords, leggings or pantyhose.
If you don’t have sliders, try using paper plates, dish towels or paper towels instead (depending on your floor).
On Your Test Day
Allow a half-day for testing in case there are delays.
Make sure you’re properly hydrated but restrict your fluid intake 2 hours before your appointment to ensure a proper sample can be collected. If your sample is too diluted, there will be delays.
When you go to the testing centre, wear workout gear, including proper shoes, and be sure to bring:
- government-issued photo ID
- your glasses or contact lenses, if you wear them
- a list of medications, prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs you’re currently using
You will also need to give a medical history.
Important: After completing your paperwork, do not leave the facility until testing is complete. Doing so will be seen as refusal to do the test.
Women Building Futures partners with SureHire, a leader in occupational health and fitness-to-work testing to conduct these tests.