Qualifications and Requirements

To apply as a police officer of the RCMP you must:

Required documents

During the application process, you will be asked to show the following documents:

  • birth certificate;
  • social insurance number;
  • a statement of driving record and a valid driver's licence (issued by your provincial motor vehicle office);
  • a resume;
  • secondary school diploma and transcript of marks; and
  • if not born Canadian, certification of Canadian citizenship.

You will need the following certificate prior to attending the Cadet Training Program:


Be a Canadian citizen

You must be a Canadian citizen. If you were born outside of Canada, you must have full Canadian citizenship, (not landed immigrant status) before applying to the RCMP.

Be of good character

At several stages during the recruiting process, you will be made aware of the behavior standards which will be expected of you throughout the application process and your career as a police officer of the RCMP, if you are accepted for training and hired as Peace Officers.

You will be required to acknowledge your understanding of the expectations and responsibilities identified and that you will be held to account to these expectations throughout the application process, training at Depot Academy, and the duration of your career if you are hired.

 As a police officer you will have a significant role in building and maintaining the public trust by upholding the highest ethical standards while performing your duties. These expectations regarding acceptable conduct will also apply to you while you are off-duty.

Be 19 years of age at the time of engagement (may apply at 18 years of age)

At 18, you can apply to the RCMP and go through the selection process and basic training. However, you cannot be hired to work as a police officer until you are 19 years old.

Be proficient in English or French

You must be able to speak, write, read and understand fluently either French or English. You do not need to be bilingual.

Learning both of Canada's official languages is an asset and is to your advantage with respect to career advancement and mobility considering the geography of the country and the national and international role of the RCMP.

Possess a valid, unrestricted Canadian driver's licence

You must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Canadian driver's licence; (e.g. full rights and privileges, e.g. you are not restricted from driving at any hour of the day or night, and you are not restricted by the number of passengers in your vehicle).

Driving experience is important as all cadets graduating from the academy will be driving a police car in a community. If your driving has been limited, it would be to your advantage to gain more experience before attending the Cadet Training Program.

You need to demonstrate good driving skills and abilities and be a confident and competent driver.

Possess a Canadian secondary school (high school) diploma or equivalent

You must have a secondary school (high school) diploma. If your education was obtained outside Canada, you must get an equivalency assessment. Contact your local recruiting office for more information on how to obtain this assessment.

If you did not complete secondary school, you must obtain an equivalency assessment. For more information, contact your local board of education or adult learning centre to be assessed and take a General Educational Development (GED) test.

Meet the medical, psychological and vision standards

You must meet minimal medical standards as assessed by RCMP Health Services. This includes a full medical, laboratory test(s), and physical, vision, dental, hearing (audiogram) and psychological examinations.

Meet the necessary level of physical abilities

Police work is physically demanding. It is extremely important to achieve and maintain a high level of fitness before entering the Cadet Training Program. Our training program is not designed to get you into shape, but rather to prepare you for the rigours of policing. If you arrive in less than good physical condition, you will start training at a distinct disadvantage.

Not only will you increase your risk of injury, you will struggle with both the physical and academic aspects of the Cadet Training Program.

Start the 12-week Fitness Program today and be prepared!

Be prepared to carry a firearm and use it or any other necessary force

As a police officer you will be responsible for maintaining public order and safety. You will be expected to use various levels of intervention to restore order and safety.

Willing to relocate anywhere within Canada

As Canada's national police service, the RCMP offers a career with unmatched opportunity for movement. With hundreds of detachments across Canada, our police officers have the chance to experience life in many parts of Canada, and work at different levels of policing - municipal, provincial and federal.

When you graduate from the RCMP Academy, you must be willing to relocate to any one of our urban or rural detachments.

Be willing to work shift work including weekends and holidays

You should expect to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays as policing takes place 24 hours per day.

Be willing to pledge allegiance to Canada

You will be expected to acknowledge your duty as a police officer of the RCMP by swearing loyalty to serve Canada.