Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE)

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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 police officers. The PARE is used by several law enforcement agencies throughout Canada.

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). It is important to prepare for the physical demands of the PARE.

Fitness Expectations of Depot

Be Prepared

An applicant takes many steps to prepare for RCMP Cadet Training. Perhaps the greatest preparation is that of the physical. Applicants are expected to enter Cadet Training with a good level of physical fitness. The training program is not designed for Cadets to "get in shape", but rather to allow each cadet to enhance their education, skills and abilities in fitness. The Cadet who is experienced in fundamental weight lifting, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning will be ahead of the pace when coming to Depot.

A Typical Training Day

The onset of Cadet training can be overwhelming. In addition to the educational and skill aspects of the Cadet Training Program, the physical demands of a typical training day can pose difficulties to the unfit Cadet. A training day may include marching on parade at 0615hrs, "doubling" from class to class (double time marching; similar to a jog), or sparring in PDT, marching/running/performing push-ups in drill, running 6.5 km and climbing 9 flights of stairs... all before noon! This same troop will be expected to eat lunch very quickly, perform in noon parade and subsequently stay alert for a classroom lecture and a firearms training session in the afternoon. Missing the bus and having to run out to the firearms range, meeting an instructor to practice the PARE test after classes and fitting in a weight workout after supper may further compound the activity of the day.

Purpose of a Training Program

The focus of an applicant's training program should be to increase one's physical fitness, obtain/maintain a healthy body weight and prevent overuse injuries. The applicant, if not already doing so, should begin this conditioning program immediately after they have run a successful PARE test. Progression of duration and intensity should be GRADUAL to enhance success and avoid injury.

Workouts will be recorded in the attached log. This log should be maintained in detail throughout the application process. Recruiting or Depot may request to review this log at any time.

Depot's Commitment to the Pursuit of Excellence

The Cadet Training Program sets minimum standards as a mean of establishing those Cadets who are ready to begin, progress in or complete the program. Success in police work includes continual commitment to improve oneself. Cadets are not expected to aim for simply the minimum, but rather strive for personal and professional excellence in all that they do. As such, setting challenging but realistic goals will assist the applicant in determining the purpose and motivation behind their personal fitness plan.

Depot Fitness "Benchmarks"

In the Depot fitness program, cadets are required to perform a number of troop runs, conditioning workouts and physical tests. They are expected to perform at a high intensity during training and testing. It is suggested that cadets achieve at least the benchmarks listed below. The benchmarks are set at the 50th percentile of Cadet scores in the past 4 years.

Benchmarks in Fitness
Test Male Benchmark Female Benchmark
2.4 Kilometer run 10 minutes and 10 seconds 11 minutes and 35 seconds
5.0 Kilometer run 23 minutes and 15 seconds 26 minutes and 30 seconds
8.1 Kilometer run 41 minutes and 10 seconds 45 minutes and 45 seconds
Push ups 40 repetitions 25 repetitions
Pull ups 8 repetitions 2 repetitions
Bench Press 110% of your body weight 70% of your body weight

Those cadets failing to achieve these benchmarks will, at their request, be provided additional recommendations for improving upon their scores.


Applicants who intend to accept their invitation to Cadet Training, are accountable for the following:

  • Read and understand the preceding workbook of information.
  • Perform regular fitness sessions based on recommendations provided above.
  • Log workouts in the training log provided in the section on the PARE.
  • Address your questions regarding the above to your respective recruiting officer.

Mandatory fitness training log

Applicants are required to maintain a physical training log from the time they are selected to do the PARE test. The format of this training log is provided below. If you are unable to print this log, please contact your recruiting office and a copy will be provided to you.

The log will allow you to enter your cardiovascular and strength training workouts on a single page. Applicants must be prepared to provide a copy of their up-to-date training log to the Recruiting office and/or Facilitators at Depot to better evaluate your physical preparation.

You are required to arrive at the Academy physically prepared to undergo training.

RCMP Fitness Training Log - Cardiovascular Exercise
Cardiovascular Exercise Date/Time of Day and Duration Distance
RCMP Fitness Training Log - Strength Training
Strength Training Sets Reps Weights Date/Time of Day
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