How to apply to become an RCMP officer
Congratulations on taking the first step to a rewarding career! To apply to be an RCMP police officer, you need to complete the following steps.
Before you apply
Due to physical distancing rules in place across the Country at this time, vision and hearing exams are not required in order to apply. These exams can be done later in the process once physical distancing restrictions have been lifted.
Attention: Ontario applicants
All Ontario applicants need to get a TNT Certificate for RCMP Applicants before applying.
Follow the steps on the TNT Certificate for RCMP Applicants in Ontario page.
Before you submit your online application, you must:
- meet the qualifications and requirements
- complete a vision and a hearing exam
- begin completing the required forms and collecting the required documents.
The costs for the vision and hearing exams are the responsibility of the applicant and will not be reimbursed.
Keep the forms and documents until they are requested from you.
Once you have successfully completed your vision and hearing exams and you have the forms confirming that you meet the minimum requirements, you are ready to apply! Please keep your completed forms until they are requested from you. In order to help you along the way, we have created the following checklist to help you understand the recruiting process and to help you keep organized.
Step One: Get the ball rolling: Submit an online application
All applicants must apply online.
You will need to create a GC jobs account to complete your online application.
The RCMP job posting for police officers is on the Government of Canada's Jobs website. To find the posting:
- Search "police officer" under "Job title"
- Look under the "Jobs open to the public" tab in the search results
You may be screened out of the recruitment process:
- if you do not have your vision and hearing assessments and vision and hearing forms completed
- as a result of the responses provided in your online application
If your application is screened out at this step, you must wait six months before re-applying.
Step Two: Learn more about a career in policing: Attend a career presentation and write the RCMP entrance exam
Once you have been screened into the process, you will be invited to attend a career presentation and write the RCMP entrance exam.
During the career presentation, you will learn more about a career in policing and you will be able to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with a proactive recruiter.
The presentation will be immediately followed by the RCMP entrance exam. If you do not pass the entrance exam, your application will be closed. You may re-apply in six months.
Step Three: All that paperwork: Submit the required forms and documents
- If the RCMP selects you to continue in the process, you will be asked to submit all forms and documents within 2 business days. Do not attempt to submit these forms and documents until they are requested from you.
Step Four: Tell us about yourself: Complete a suitability assessment and undergo a Right Fit Interview
This stage assesses whether you possess the core competencies, core values, and traits required of an RCMP police officer. This stage consists of two interviews:
- the RMAQ (Regular Member Applicant Questionnaire) Interview and;
- the RFI (Right Fit Interview).
The RMAQ Interview lets us know if there are actions or behaviours, from your past, that could prevent you from becoming an RCMP police officer. Following a review of your RMAQ, an interview will assess the severity, recency and repetitive nature of your actions. A heavy focus is placed on honesty. It is strongly recommended that you disclose all actions and behaviors in your RMAQ.
The RFI is an interview designed to evaluate your ability to meet standards in eight core competencies. You will be required to respond to both behavioural and situational questions using the STAR and ARC articulation methods.
Step Five: Honesty is the best policy: Complete the pre-employment polygraph examination and background checks
The pre-employment polygraph examination will review the questions and responses you provided in your applicant questionnaire. It will contribute to verifying your honesty.
Your employers (previous and current) and references will be contacted as part of the background check.
Step Six: Make sure you are healthy: Undergo medical and psychological assessments
You will need to see RCMP-designated physicians and psychologists for a health assessment, including full medical and psychological exams. The RCMP will cover the cost of these exams. If successful at this stage, you will receive your medical clearance.
Step Seven: You're almost at the finish line: Undergo a field investigation and security assessment
The final step in the application process is a field investigation and security assessment. The RCMP will conduct a thorough investigation into your background to help assess your suitability. If successful, you will receive your security clearance.
If you applied to become a police officer of the RCMP in the past and would like to resume your application process, please review the process for returning applicants.
Questions about your application?
Contact your local recruiting office.
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