Qualifications and standards to become an RCMP officer

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.

The length of our recruiting process varies for each individual applicant. Factors such as, how quickly and accurately an applicant completes and returns their selection package forms, the number of locations the individual has lived, and if the applicant has lived abroad can impact the time needed to process an application.

Application requirements

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

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada. Individuals with permanent resident status must have resided in Canada for the last 10 consecutive years.

    The application process is conducted in Canada only. If you are a Canadian citizen living abroad, and you meet all of the requirements, you will have to travel to Canada at your own expense for some portions of the process. Time spent outside of Canada will be reviewed during the security clearance stage.

    If you are interested in becoming a Canadian Citizen you can find more information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

  • Be at least 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.

    There is no age limit to apply to the RCMP. Our eligibility requirements are designed to identify those who are best qualified to become police officers of the RCMP. The selection process is very thorough and consists of various screening tools to ensure that applicants meet a high standard of suitability. All applicants must pass all of our standards, including the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) as well as our medical evaluation.

  • 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 the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials to find out which organizations across Canada perform these assessments. You can find out more by visiting CICIC's website.

    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 or equivalent.

  • 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.

    Review the hearing standards

  • 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 and/or termination from the Cadet Training Program, you will struggle with both the physical and academic aspects of the Cadet Training Program.

    Learn about the physical standards required of our police officers and how 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 26 weeks at the RCMP Academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan

    You will be required to live at Depot while on training for the entire 26 week duration. You will also be required to do evening and weekend training activities.

  • Be willing to relocate anywhere within Canada

    The RCMP is a national organization and as such, you must be willing to relocate anywhere within Canada. You have the opportunity to identify your preferred province for your first post following graduation; however, operational needs will determine the exact location of a posting.

    The number of times a police officer will be relocated varies depending on the police officer's role, promotional interests, human resourcing needs and available opportunities. The RCMP serves communities across the country and our police officers are expected to be mobile to gain a variety of experience and to meet the operational needs of the organization.

  • 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 aware of requirements for tattoos, jewellery and other personal effects

    Tattoos are permitted if they do not depict or incite hate, harassment, or discrimination against individuals on the basis of the grounds listed in Canadian Human Rights Act, section 3.

    You may wear discreet personal effects on the body if they do not interfere with the effectiveness of personal protective equipment. Examples include glasses, watches, medical bracelets, jewellery, wedding bands, kangas, kirpans, karas, and medicine bags.

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.

Do you have what it takes to be a police officer? Find out how to apply now.

If you want to learn more about a career with the RCMP, attend a recruiting event. Held across the country, recruiting events provide an opportunity to meet a recruiter and have your questions answered.

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