The Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) is an occupational test used to assess a person’s ability to perform the physical demands of police work. It is used in the selection process of RCMP applicants, as part of the graduating criteria for cadets at Depot and throughout the career of RCMP Regular Members. The PARE is used by several law enforcement agencies throughout Canada.
“I was an instructor at the RCMP Training Academy for four years and was deeply inspired by watching the cadets, including females, grow and gain self-confidence.”
Corporal Barbara Hynes, B Division
Applicants must obtain PARE certification by completing the obstacle course and push/pull sections in 4:45 min. or less before the Regular Member Selection Interview (RMSI). The PARE is valid for six months and must be re-certified throughout the applicant process. It is important to prepare for the physical demands of the PARE.
How physically fit should I be before attempting the PARE?
The PARE is an occupational test used to assess a person’s ability to perform the physical demands of police work.
Prior to attempting the PARE you should be physically active for at least 4-6 weeks by including 3-5 cardiovascular training sessions per week and 2-3 resistance training sessions per week.
Fitness expectations prior to arrival to Depot:
I am not physically very strong, and I am not very tall, will this affect my ability to perform police work? Are there different physical standards for females? As long as you can meet all the physical requirements during the selection process, you may apply to join the RCMP. The standards for women and men are the same.