How To Join the RCMP

The RCMP enforces federal laws and provides contract police services in many provinces, municipalities, and First Nations communities across Canada. The RCMP also participate in international peacekeeping.

Difficulty: Hard

Time Required: 12 to 18 months

Here's How:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen, be of good character, be proficient in either English or French, and be at least 18 years old when you apply.
  2. Get a Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, a valid Canadian driver's license, and be ready to meet RCMP physical and medical requirements.
  3. The RCMP recommends that you attend a Career Presentation to learn about the policing services provided by the RCMP and to determine if a career in the RCMP is right for you.
  4. Take and pass the RCMP Police Aptitude Battery (RPAB). The RPAB is made up of two separate tests. The first test is the RCMP Police Aptitude Test (RPAT), which measures composition (spelling, grammar, and vocabulary), comprehension, memory, judgment, observation, logic, and computation.
    1. If you pass the RPAT, your name will be placed on an eligibility list. Those with the most competitive scores will advance to the next step. (If you are not successful on the RPAT, you can take it again after a one-year waiting period.)
  5. The second test in the RPAB is the Six Factor Personality Questionnaire (SFPQ) which measures how conscientious you are.
    1. Applicants who pass both parts of the RPAB are placed on an Initial Rank List (IRL), ranked by their scores. This is a dynamic list, and your rank changes as new applicants are added and applicants are chosen for further processing.
  1. Applicants with the most competitive scores advance and will be provided with a selection package of documents to complete by a certain time. The documents include a personal information form, a pre-employment polygraph questionnaire, PARE medical clearance forms, and a vision examination to be completed by your optometrist.
  2. Take and pass the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation, a test used to assess your ability to perform the physical demands of police work. You must prepare for this test.
  3. Succeed in the Regular Member Selection Interview, which will assess your essential organizational competencies to perform successfully as an RCMP officer.
  4. Succeed at the pre-employment interview and polygraph examination which tests your suitability and reliability to perform as an RCMP officer and provides information for the RCMP to issue a security clearance for you.
  5. Pass a field investigation and security clearance of your suitability to be a member of the RCMP.​
  6. Pass medical, dental, visual, and psychological exams.
  1. Before you can enroll in cadet training, you must show proof of a valid standard first aid certificate from an organization approved by the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, Canada Labour Code.
  2. Enroll as a Cadet, and go through 24 weeks of an intensive academic and physical cadet training program at the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.
  3. On graduation, you will normally be hired as a regular member of the RCMP. You must then complete a six-month Field Coaching Program at selected training detachments.
  4. As you gain experience, more opportunities in specialized areas such as economic crime, foreign missions, marine services, and forensic services will become available to you.


  1. Before you apply to join the RCMP, read the detailed information and manuals and watch the videos provided on the RCMP Recruiting site.
  2. If you have specialized technical, scientific or administrative skills, you could become a civilian member of the RCMP.