Before You Apply

Before you can submit your on-line application you will need to complete the following two (2) items:

  1. Vision Examination
  2. Hearing Examination

Please hang on to your completed forms until you are asked to submit them.

Have a Canadian optometrist/ophthalmologist assess your vision and complete the Vision Examination of Applicant (RCMP 2180) form, which outlines the minimum requirements that must be met.

If you have had laser surgery you should wait the following amount of time before having a vision assessment completed:

  • LASIK: 30 days
  • PRK: 90 days

Please note: Vision exams will remain valid for a period of two (2) years.

Exemption

Applicants who live in one of the three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut) are not required to have their vision examination or Form 2180 completed prior to applying. Please contact the recruiting office in your territory to discuss your pre-application requirements.

Visual acuity

Corrected vision (with glasses or contacts): Visual acuity must be at least 6/6 (20/20) in one eye and 6/9 (20/30) in the other.

Uncorrected vision (without glasses or contacts lenses): Visual acuity must be at least 6/18 (20/60) in each eye OR 6/12 (20/40) in one eye and at least 6/30 (20/100) in the other eye.

This minimum vision acuity is required for safe performance of policing duties if glasses or contacts are lost or displaced.

Field of vision

Must be at least 150 degrees continuous along the horizontal meridian and 20 degrees continuous above and below fixation with both eyes open and examined together.

Depth perception

Normal stereo vision (use of both eyes to judge distances) must be present. Stereo acuity must be 100 seconds of arc or less on the TITMUS Test or equivalent.

Colour vision testing

Using any standardized Pseudo-Isochromatic plates (Ishihara, A-O, HRR, Dvorine). If you correctly identify all patterns presented in such tests, your colour-vision will be considered normal.

If needed, further evaluation will be conducted with devices such as Farnsworth D-15 discs. If you demonstrate a colour-vision deficiency on the Farnsworth discs, you will not meet the vision standards requirements of the RCMP.

Have a Canadian audiologist assess your hearing and complete the Screening Audiogram History (RCMP 3184) form, which outlines the minimum requirements that must be met.

Please note: Hearing assessments will remain valid for one (1) year.

Exemption

Applicants who live in one of the three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut) are not required to have their audiogram examination or Form 3184 completed prior to applying. Please contact the recruiting office in your territory to discuss your pre-application requirements.

Hearing standards

A grade of H2 is required to meet the minimum hearing standards of the RCMP.

Grading – International Standards Organization Calibration

H1 Grading
Hearing loss no greater than 30 dB in both ears in the 500 to 6,000 Hz frequency range.
H2 Grading
Hearing loss no greater than 30 dB in the better ear in the 500 to 3,000 Hz frequency range. Hearing loss no greater than 30 dB in the worst ear in the range of 500 to 2,900 Hz and no more than 50 dB in the worst ear at 3,000 Hz.
H3 Grading
Hearing loss no greater than 30 dB in the better ear in the 500 to 2,000 Hz frequency range.
H4 Grading
Hearing loss no greater than 50 dB in the better ear in the 500 to 2,000 Hz frequency range.
H5 Grading
Hearing loss greater than 50 dB in the better ear in the 500 to 2,000 Hz frequency range, which cannot be improved to H4 level by surgical intervention or the use of a hearing aid.
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