To apply as a police officer of the RCMP you must:
During the application process, you will be asked to show the following documents:
You will need the following certificate prior to attending the Cadet Training Program:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
You should expect to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays as policing takes place 24 hours per day.
You will be expected to acknowledge your duty as a police officer of the RCMP by swearing loyalty to serve Canada.
I am a Canadian Citizen, but I live outside Canada, can I still apply?
The recruiting process is conducted in Canada only. If you meet the basic requirements and wish to apply to become a Regular Member of the RCMP, you will have to travel to Canada at your own expense.
What kind of courses should I take in high school, college or university to prepare for a career as a regular member with the RCMP?
The RCMP does not recommend one course of study over another. While one of the basic requirements is a high school diploma or equivalent, we hire applicants from all educational backgrounds and areas of study. The RCMP also promotes and encourages continuous learning.
What if I was educated outside of Canada?
If your education was obtained outside of Canada, you will require an equivalency assessment. You may obtain this equivalency through the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials Web site. An applicant can also obtain a provincial department of education accepted High School Equivalency Certificate.