Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Become an RCMP officer: Before you apply

2. Before you apply

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  1. Meet the qualifications and requirements
  2. Demonstrate good character

Before you submit your online application, you must:

Meet the qualifications and requirements

Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada. Individuals with permanent resident status must have resided (been physically present) in Canada for 3 (1,095 days) out of the last 5 years as a permanent resident.

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.

RCMP police officers who are permanent residents may be limited in obtaining certain positions that require a top secret security clearance or certain types of travel documents. If you are interested in becoming a Canadian Citizen you can find more information on the under the immigration and citizenship section.

Be at least 18 years of age to apply

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 maximum age limit to apply to the RCMP.

Be proficient in English and/or French

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

Possess a valid, unrestricted Canadian driver's licence

If your driving experience is 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.

(For the purposes of RCMP recruiting, an unrestricted driver's license refers to the ability to drive unsupervised at any time of the day or night, on any road and with as many passengers as there are seat belts)


Applicants in remote and rural areas may apply if they do not have a non-restricted driver's license, but they must obtain one prior to attending the cadet training program.

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 Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials 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.

If you did not complete your secondary education (high school) in Canada and do not have an equivalency, you may still apply if you have completed a university degree from a recognized Canadian university, or a diploma from a recognized Canadian college. Please note that if you have completed a college diploma you may be asked to provide your education equivalency later in the process.

Meet the health and psychological standards

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

Meet the vision standards


The hearing and vision examinations are no longer a requirement at the start of the application process. Applicants are required to have these examinations completed prior to reaching the Medical stage. A Recruiting Analyst will reach out to request the documents when required.

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

Meet the hearing standards


The hearing and vision examinations are no longer a requirement at the start of the application process. Applicants are required to have these examinations completed prior to reaching the Medical stage. A Recruiting Analyst will reach out to request the documents when required.

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 rigors 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, and will likely not graduate.

Learn about the physical standards required of our police officers and how to be prepared.

Be prepared and able 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's training academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan

You will be required to live at Depot while in 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, and your family (if applicable), must be willing to relocate anywhere within Canada. You may be asked to submit preferred options for consideration in advance of your first post following graduation; however, all postings are governed by operational needs.

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, jewelry 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, jewelry, wedding bands, kangas, kirpans, karas, and medicine bags.

Lastly, police officers must conform to certain standards. 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.

Demonstrate good character

As a police officer, you will have a significant role in building and maintaining the public trust. You must uphold the highest ethical standards, both on- and off-duty.

To apply as a police officer, you

  • must not have any matters pending or before a criminal court
  • must not have been convicted of a criminal offence for which you haven't received a pardon/records suspension
  • must not have participated in any serious criminal behaviour or activity
    • whether you were arrested and/or charged or not
  • must not have participated in any criminal behaviour or activity within at least one year of the date of application
    • whether you were arrested and/or charged or not
  • must not have been dishonourably discharged or dismissed including released for misconduct, from another police, military, or law enforcement organization
  • must not have any pending and/or current personal bankruptcies or consumer proposals

During the application process, you

  • must not participate in any criminal behaviour or activity in Canada or abroad
    • whether you are arrested and/or charged or not
  • must not cheat on any portion of the RCMP application process

Examples of criminal behaviours and activities

Serious criminal offences include, but are not limited to:

  • murder and manslaughter
  • sexual assault
  • production or distribution of child pornography
  • sexual exploitation, violence, abuse or neglect towards children and/or vulnerable adults
  • terrorist activities
  • participation with any organized criminal group
  • benefiting from the trafficking, importing, unlawful manufacturing or unlawful cultivating of illegal drugs
  • arson resulting in loss of life or substantial damage
  • forcible confinement
  • robbery
  • any crime committed with a facial covering and/or weapon

Criminal behaviours and activities include, but are not limited to:

  • illicit drug use (including non-medical prescription/steroids use)
  • theft
  • purchasing sexual services
  • solicitation for the purpose of prostitution of another person
  • assault
  • impaired driving

Evaluating your past actions

For all past actions, some of the things we consider in determining suitability are:

  • How serious was it?
  • How often did you behave this way?
  • What were the circumstances?
  • What was your intent?
  • Do you regret it?
  • How much time has passed since this behaviour occurred, or when the offence was committed?
  • How old were you at the time?
  • How have you behaved since that time, or since the time of the last incident?

No matter how well qualified, if you can't be trusted to carry out your tasks honestly and reliably, you will not be hired.

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