Divers: Stages and standards

So, you’ve decided to join the Royal Navy as a Mine Clearance Diver, but before you can start your career training, you need to pass a series of physical tests. Get through these and you can begin your Royal Navy journey.

To help you prepare, here are the stages that you will have to complete:

>> 1. Pre-Joining Fitness Test Plus (PJFT+) <<
2. Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)
3. Initial Naval Training (INT)
4. Potential Divers Assessment (PDA)

As a Mine Clearance Diver, your fitness standards are required to be better than some others within the Royal Navy, therefore you’ll need to meet to prove you’re up to the physical demands to be successful in this role. Many of these tests will directly influence whether your are successful in your application and are pass or fail, so it’s vital that you’re in as good physical condition as possible.

'Get fit to join' is here to help you get ready for each stage. You can navigate through the process, see exactly what is required to pass, and find out how you can give yourself an edge.

1. Pre-Joining Fitness Test Plus (PJFT+)

The Pre-joining Fitness Test Plus (PJFT+) is a step up from the pre-joining test across the rest of the Royal Navy. You'll expected to push yourself to produce your best effort. If you’re going to excel in your Initial Naval Training and then at the PJFT+, it’s critical that you get in the best possible physical condition.


For the PJFT+, you’ll need to complete: 20 x burpees, 30 x sit-ups, 20 x press-ups and a one minute plank. You'll need to complete three circuits.

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The test takes place at a Nuffield fitness centre. They’re all over the country, so you’ll be able to find one near you


Typically, the PJFT+ will be required to be booked post your Recruiting Test.