How to apply to become an RCMP officer

Congratulations on taking the first step to a rewarding career! To apply to be an RCMP member, you need to complete the following steps.

Before you apply

Before you submit your online application, you must:

Costs for vision and hearing exams are the responsibility of the applicant and will not be reimbursed.

Next steps

Once you have successfully completed your vision and hearing exams and you have the forms confirming that you meet the minimum requirements, you can proceed with your online application. Please keep your completed forms until step three of the application process where you will be asked to give them.

Step One: Submit an online application

All applicants must apply online.

You will need to create a GC jobs account to complete your online application.

The RCMP job posting for police officers is on the Government of Canada's Jobs website. To find the posting:

  1. Search "RCMP" under "Job title"
  2. Look under the "Jobs open to the public" tab in the search results

You may be rejected from the recruitment process if:

  • you answer "no" to any of the qualifications or requirements
  • you do not have your pre-application assessments and forms completed

If your application is rejected, you cannot reapply for a period of six months.

If you have questions about the application process, you are encouraged to attend a recruiting event or to contact a recruiter before submitting your online application.

Step Two: Write the RCMP Entrance Exam

The RCMP will contact successful applicants to write the Entrance Exam. Exam sessions are held in a number of cities and towns throughout the year.

If you have a Bachelor's degree or a college diploma (minimum two-year) from a recognized Canadian* post-secondary institution, you do not have to write the exam. You'll move on to the next step in the process. You will be asked to provide your university or college transcripts during the application process.

* If your education was obtained outside Canada, you must get an equivalency assessment. You can contact the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for more information.

Step Three: Complete and submit forms

If the RCMP selects you to continue in the process, you must download, complete and submit all forms by the deadline given to you. You will also need to provide various personal documents, such as:

  • proof of education
  • statement of driving record
  • fingerprints, etc.

Step Four: Complete the pre-employment polygraph examination

The pre-employment polygraph examination will review the questions and responses you provided in your applicant questionnaire (in Step Three). It will verify honesty and integrity.

Step Five: Have a health assessment

You'll need to see an RCMP-designated physician for a health assessment, including full medical and psychological exams. The RCMP will cover the cost of these exams.

Step Six: Undergo a field investigation and security clearance

The final step in the application process is a field investigation and security clearance. The RCMP will conduct a thorough investigation into your background to help assess your character. If successful, you will receive your security clearance.

Once you have passed all the application and assessment steps you will be contacted to attend the RCMP Cadet Training Program.

Returning applicants

If you applied to become a police officer of the RCMP in the past and would like to resume the application process, please review the process for returning applicants.

To speak with a recruiter before submitting your application, you can attend one of the many recruiting events held across the country.

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