Qualifications and requirements

The RCMP is seeking highly motivated team players who possess strong leadership abilities, from a wide range of backgrounds. All applicants are expected to reflect the core values of the RCMP (integrity, honesty, professionalism, compassion, respect and accountability).  

During your application process you will be required to provide certain documents and agree to certain conditions.

Application requirements

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

  • 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 or permanent resident status) before applying to the RCMP.

  • Be 19 years of age at the time of engagement 

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

  • Be proficient in English and/or French

    You must be fluent in either English or French, including being able to speak, write, read and understand either official language. You do not need to be bilingual.

  • Possess a valid, unrestricted driver's licence

    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 be a confident, competent driver.

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

    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 health and psychological standards

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

  • Meet the vision standards

    You must meet the minimum vision standards as assessed by a registered/certified Ophthalmologist / Optometrist.

    Review the vision standards

  • Meet the hearing standards

    You must meet the minimum hearing standards as assessed by an audiologist.

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  • 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 prior to applying. 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.

    Learn about the 12-week Fitness Program to be prepared.

  • Be prepared to carry a firearm and to use it or any other necessary physical 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 in the performance of your duties as a police officer.

  • Be willing to spend six (6) months at the RCMP Academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan

    You will be required to live at Depot while on training for the entire six (6) month duration. You will also be required to do evening and weekend training activities.

  • Be willing to relocate anywhere within Canada

    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 free and clear of any illegal activity or infractions and have no criminal charges pending

    The RCMP expects applicants to have been free and clear of any illegal activity or infractions for at least three (3) years prior to applying. In addition, applicants are to have no criminal charges pending before a court or any unpardoned criminal convictions.

  • Be free of any improper use of prescription or illegal drugs

    The RCMP expects that all applicants be drug free meaning no non-medical use of any drug. The improper use of a prescription drug or illegal drug use can be a rationale for rejection. Non-medical use of any drug following the submission of your application will be cause for rejection.

  • Be aware of expectations with regards to tattoos and piercings

    Tattoos and body piercings are regarded as a personal expression; however, the type or location of tattoos and piercings may be deemed inappropriate for the RCMP.

    Police officers are not permitted to have a visible tattoo that could potentially be offensive (i.e. pornographic, blasphemous, racist, and vulgar in language or design). You may be asked to cover the tattoo at all times when on duty or when representing the RCMP. Each case is unique and is assessed on its own merit.

    For safety reasons, police officers are not permitted to wear body-piercing ornaments, visible or non-visible, while on duty, either in uniform or in civilian clothing (i.e. anywhere on the head, face, ears or tongue) with the exception of female police officers who are permitted to wear a single pair of spherical small stud earrings.

Lastly, police officers must 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. As a police officer, you will have a significant role in building and maintaining the public trust by upholding the highest ethical standards both while performing your duties and while you are off-duty.

Required documents

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

  • Birth certificate
  • Social insurance number
  • Canadian high school or secondary school diploma
  • Certification of Canadian citizenship, if not born Canadian
  • Marriage/Divorce/Separation Certificate (if applicable)
  • Valid driver's licence
  • Statement of Driving Record (Driving History) for the past 3 years
  • Provincial Health Card
  • Two (2) passport sized photographs
  • A valid standard first aid certificate, including Level C CPR for infant, child and adult (valid for the duration of the Cadet Training Program) from an organization approved under the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. View organizations

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