Prepare for the PARE
What is the PARE?
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 by simulating a critical incident of chasing, controlling, and apprehending a suspect. It requires you to be in good physical shape. You need to have a fit cardiovascular system as well as good muscular strength and endurance.
You will be required to complete the PARE within the first two weeks at "Depot", the RCMP Academy.
The evaluation consists of three stations. At the start of the Cadet Training Program, you must complete the first two stations in 5 minutes and 30 seconds or less. If you fail on the first try, you have to take it again within three days. If you fail the re-test, you will be sent home. You are tested again prior to graduation, and are required to complete the first two stations in 4 minutes or less.
- Station 1 - Obstacle Course
This simulates proceeding to the scene of a problem or occurrence.
- Station 2 - Push/Pull
This simulates having to physically solve a problem or occurrence.
- Station 3 - Weight Carry
This simulates having to remove an object or a person from the scene.
How do I prepare for the PARE?
You want to arrive at Depot in good physical condition so that you don't risk injuring yourself or being terminated from the Cadet Training Program. Being physically fit will help make the training easier. To prepare for the PARE your training should include both cardiovascular and strength training. These types of training can be done in combination or separately. You are encouraged to be physically active for at least 4 to 6 weeks before attempting the PARE; including:
- 3 to 5 cardiovascular training sessions per week, and
- 2 to 3 resistance training sessions per week
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