Prepare for PARE


As of January 15, 2016, all new applicants will be required to successfully complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) before submitting an on-line application.

You must contact one of the RCMP approved PARE testing centres below to arrange for your PARE. PARE results will only be accepted from these RCMP approved PARE testing centres.

Note: All costs, including the evaluation fees, travel to and from the evaluation location, and any accommodations, will be at the applicant's own expense and will not be reimbursed.

Contact a testing Centre today to register for your PARE.

Exemption: Applicants who currently reside more than 200 km away from the nearest RCMP certified PARE testing centre (including those in neighbouring provinces and territories) are not required to have their PARE completed prior to applying. Please contact the recruiting office in your area for more information.

What is the PARE?

The Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) is used in the selection process of RCMP applicants. PARE is an occupational test used to assess a person's ability to perform the physical demands of police work. It requires you to be in good physical shape. You need to have a fit cardiovascular system as well as good muscular strength and endurance.

The evaluation consists of three stations. The first two must be completed in 4 minutes and 45 seconds or less.

  • Station 1 - Obstacle Course
    This simulates proceeding to the scene of a problem or occurrence.
  • Station 2 - Push/Pull
    This simulates having to physically solve a problem or occurrence.
  • Station 3 - Weight Carry
    This simulates having to remove an object or a person from the scene.

How do I prepare for the PARE?

To prepare for the PARE your training should include both cardiovascular and strength training. These types of training can be done in combination in the same session or separately. You are encouraged to be prepared prior to applying and you should be physically active for at least 4 to 6 weeks; including:

  • 3 to 5 cardiovascular training sessions per week, and
  • 2 to 3 resistance training sessions per week

RCMP certified testing centres may offer PARE preparation workshops and personalized training programs. Please contact an RCMP certified PARE testing centre directly.

How do I register for the PARE?

Select and contact the RCMP certified PARE testing centre nearest to you. You will be required to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q+) to determine if you will need to have clearance from your doctor before completing the PARE. You will also be required to complete an Informed Consent Form. Both the questionnaire and form will be provided to you when you arrive at the RCMP certified PARE testing centre.

Do I need medical clearance before doing the PARE test?

Depending on the responses given on the PAR-Q+ and the Informed Consent for PARE, you may be required to first obtain a medical clearance from a medical practitioner.

Therefore, if you have any of the following conditions or issues, it would be best to obtain medical clearance before arriving for the test:

  • heart condition,
  • high blood pressure,
  • feeling pain in your chest when at rest, during your daily activities of living, or when doing physical activity,
  • losing balance because of dizziness or lost consciousness in the last 12 months,
  • been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition,
  • currently taking prescribed medications for a chronic medical condition,
  • having a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by becoming more physically active, or
  • if your doctor has ever said you should only do medically supervised physical activity.

If you have any questions regarding potentially requiring a medical clearance prior to completing the PARE, or if you require a medical clearance form, please contact your RCMP certified PARE testing centre.

How much will the test cost?

Most RCMP certified PARE testing centres charge between $60 and $90 per test. You are encouraged to confirm costs when scheduling your test session.

RCMP certified PARE testing centres

  • Alberta

    RCMP, Duncan Bldg.
    7575-8th Street North East
    Calgary, Alberta

    RCMP Headquarters
    11140 109th Street
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Call: 780-412-5569

    Fort McMurray
    Keyano College
    8115 Franklin Avenue
    Fort McMurray, Alberta
    Call: 780-792-2697 or Email:

    Grande Prairie
    Grand Prairie College - Be Fit for Life Centre
    10726-106 Avenue
    Grand Prairie, Alberta
    Call: 780-539-2816 or Email: or

    Lethbridge College - Be Fit for Life Centre
    3000 College Drive South
    Lethbridge, Alberta
    Call: 403-320-3202 Ext. 5379 or Email:

    Medicine Hat
    Medicine Hat College
    299 College Drive South East
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Call: 403-504-3546 or Email:

    Red Deer
    Red Deer College - Be Fit for Life Centre
    100 College Boulevard
    Red Deer, Alberta
    Call: 403-357-3612 or Email:

  • British Columbia

    Pacific Region Training Centre
    1119 - 45370 Calais Crescent
    Chilliwack, British Columbia
    Call: 778-290-3430 or Email:

    Kelowna Christian School
    2870 Benvoulin Road
    Kelowna, British Columbia
    Call: 778-484-6070 or Email:

    Oliver Woods Community Centre
    6000 Oliver Road
    Nanaimo, British Columbia
    Call: 250-857-0771 or Email:

    Prince George
    UNBC Charles Yago Northern Sport Centre
    3333 University Way
    Prince George, British Columbia
    Call: 250-960-5335 or email:

    Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence
    4371 Interurban Road
    Victoria, British Columbia
    Call: 250-857-0771 or Email:

  • Manitoba

    University of Manitoba
    Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
    Room 145 Frank Kennedy Centre
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Call: 204-474-6476 or Email:

  • New Brunswick

    École cite des jeunes
    300 Martin Street
    Edmundston, New Brunswick
    Call: 506-353-0188 or Email:

    University of New Brunswick
    Currie Centre
    15 Peter Kelly Drive
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    Call: 506-453-4603 or Email:

    YMCA of Fredericton
    570 York Street
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    Call: 506-462-3000 Ext. 112 or Email:

    YMCA of Moncton
    30 War Veterans Avenue
    Moncton, New Brunswick
    Call: 506-857-0606 or Email:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    St. John's
    RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador Headquarters
    100 East White Hills Road
    St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
    Call: 709-772-3202 Ext. 5379 or Email:

  • Nova Scotia

    Citadel Community Centre
    1955 Trollope Street
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Call: 902-490-3895

  • Northwest Territories

    RCMP Yellowknife Detachment
    5010-49th Avenue
    Henry Larsen Building
    Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
    Call: 867-765-3825 or Email:

  • Nunavut

    No sites currently listed. Please contact the recruiting office in your territory for more information.

  • Ontario

    Georgian College - Athletic & Fitness Centre
    1 Georgian Drive
    Barrie, Ontario
    Call: 705-722-1577 or Email:

    Mapleton Health and Fitness - Sheridan College, Davis Campus
    7899 McLaughlin Road
    Brampton, Ontario
    Call: 647-449-7273 or Email:

    Mohawk College - Fennell Campus
    135 Fennel Avenue West
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Call: 905-575-1212 ext 3056 or Email:

    St. Lawrence College
    100 Portsmouth Avenue
    Kingston, Ontario
    Call: 613-484-2712 or 613-544-5400 ext 1198 or Email: or

    Mapleton Health and Fitness - Fanshawe College
    1461 Oxford Street East
    London, Ontario
    Call: 647-449-7273 or Email:

    La Cite - 911 Institute
    PoliceFit Canada
    801 Aviation Parkway
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Call: 613-875-5636 or Email:

    Owen Sound
    Georgian College
    1450 8th Street East
    Owen Sound, Ontario
    Call: 519-376-0840 ext. 2367 or Email:

    Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre - Fleming College
    775 Brealey Drive
    Peterborough, Ontario
    Call: 705-749-5530 ext. 1483 or Email:

    Lambton College
    1457 London Road
    Sarnia, Ontario

    Sault Ste. Marie
    Sault College of Applied Arts & Technologies Justice Studies Program
    443 Northern Avenue
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
    Call: 705-759-2554 or Email:

    Cambrian College
    Athletic Centre
    1400 Barrydowne Road
    Sudbury, Ontario
    Call: 705-524-7378 or Email:

    Niagara College - Welland Campus
    300 Woodlawn Road
    Welland, Ontario
    Call: 905-735-2211 or Email:

    Abilities Centre
    55 Gordon Street
    Whitby, Ontario
    Call: 416-571-4191 or Email:

    St. Clair College
    2000 Talbot Road West
    North Gym - Main Building
    Windsor, Ontario
    Call: 519-972-2727 ext.5516 or Email:

  • Prince Edward Island

    Wellness Works
    26 Charlotte Drive
    Summerside, Prince Edward Island
    Call: 902-436-7321 or Email:

  • Quebec

    University of Montréal - Kinesiology Clinic
    2100 Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard
    Montréal, Quebec
    Register on-line (French only)
    Additional Information: Call : 514-343-8050 or Email :

    University of Laval - Kinesiology Department, PEPS
    2300 De La Terrasse Street
    Québec, Quebec
    Call: 418-656-2473 or Email:

  • Saskatchewan

    Doctor Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre
    University of Regina, Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport
    3737 Waskana Parkway
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    Call: 306-585-5293 or Email: or

    College of Kinesiology, Physical Activity Complex
    University of Saskatchewan
    87 Campus Drive
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    Call: 306-966-1001 or Email:

  • Yukon

    No sites currently listed. Please contact the recruiting office in your territory for more information.

What happens after I complete and pass my PARE?

Once you have successfully completed your PARE in 4 minutes and 45 seconds or less, the RCMP certified PARE testing centre test administrator will provide you with the official documented results. Hold on to this document as you will be required to provide the original to the RCMP National Recruiting Processing Centre when requested.

How long are my PARE results valid for?

If you successfully complete the PARE in 4 minutes or less the result will remain valid for 12 months.

If you successfully complete the PARE between 4 minutes and 1 second and 4 minutes and 45 seconds the result will remain valid for 9 months.

What happens if I fail my first attempt?

You can complete the PARE test as many times as you need or wish in order to pass the PARE requirement with a time of 4 minutes and 45 seconds or less. All costs, including the evaluation fees, travel to and from the RCMP certified PARE testing centre and any accommodations, will be at your own expense and will not be reimbursed.

Why is it important to maintain and improve my fitness level?

At Depot, Cadet training is very demanding, both psychologically and physically. In addition, Cadets must successfully complete the PARE in 4 minutes or less prior to graduation. It is therefore important to maintain and improve your fitness level throughout the application process.

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