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Policing Career
With the Help of the
OACP

The Ontario Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) is here to help you take your first step toward becoming a police officer in Ontario

The New OACP Certificate Process

Obtain your OACP Certificate in five easy steps!

Step 1

Start Your OACP Certificate Process!

You can start by going to the "Become a Police Officer" page and read the requirements outlined throughout the different sections.

Once you feel you are ready to start your journey, continue to the "Start Your Career" Page to start your OACP Certificate process.

Step 2

Part A

Once you have started your OACP Certificate process, please wait 1-2 business days to receive your Part A email. This email will be composed of several documents and a list of instructions outlining what you must do in order to obtain your certificate.

You start your Part A by:

  • Submitting your Consent & Release of Liability form to Support@oacpcertificate.ca
  • Complete your medical examination package
  • Start your Fitness log

Step 3

Part B

Once you submit your Consent & Release Liability form, you will receive an email from ProctorFree (the online proctoring software service). Here you are to create your ProctorFree password and download the ProctorFree software. Here are the instructions to prepare for Part B:

  • Ensure you have the ProctorFree system requirements
  • Create your ProctorFree Account
  • Start your Mental Ability Assessment

Step 4

Part C

After you have completed your General Mental Ability Assessment, you will receive another email from ProctorFree. Please login in with the same ProctorFree again to start your Personality Assessment. Here are the step-by-step instructions to complete your step 4 process:

  • Login with your ProctorFree credentials
  • Start your Personality Assessment

Step 5

Congratulations!

Once you have completed your Personality Assessment, you will be emailed your OACP Certificate and you can start applying to Police Services.

Are you here to continue your OACP Certificate Process?

We have developed a cost effective way for applicants who have not fully completed their ATS certificate (for police or special constable) to finish their process. If you fall into any of the categories below, you can obtain your OACP Certificate by proceeding with the Equivalency Package. In order to qualify for an OACP Certificate Equivalency Package, you must:

  • Have not yet conducted Stage 2 (BPAD, Hearing/Vision) prior to January 1st 2020 but have a valid Stage 1 (PATI and/or PREP) of the previous OACP Certificate; OR
  • Have purchased the OACP Certificate prior to January 1st, 2020 and did not receive any services; OR
  • Have not yet received your special constable certificate but have at least one component valid.

Please be advised, upon commencing your OACP Equivalency Package, you will be required to provide proof that you meet the criteria above. 

Obtain your OACP Equivalency Below:

For Current OACP Certificate Holders

If you currently hold a valid OACP Certificate of Results but have your PREP component expiring, you are only required to download a OACP Fitness Log and Daily Journal(s) and complete it as per the OACP Fitness Log Guide (instructions inside). You can find these documents on the Constable Selection System and Forms page.

If any other of your OACP Certificate components are expiring, you will be required to obtain a full OACP Certificate package.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Police Officer!

Hello and Welcome!

This is the official OACP Entry Level Police Testing website with the complete certificate requirements available online for your convenience. 

About the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) created this website to deliver entry level testing for Police Officers and Special Constables within the Province of Ontario. As the voice of Ontario’s police leaders, the OACP is comprised of policing leaders and executives in Ontario and represents federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations policing services throughout the province. We have developed a testing system that effectively measures an applicant’s abilities and packaged that information so it may be provided to police services for supplementary use. The OACP is committed to providing fair, equitable, and inclusive testing that is aimed at ensuring that police applicants represent the full range of diversity in Ontario and are afforded every opportunity to pursue a policing career.

Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Constable Selection System (OACP CSS)

The redesigned OACP Constable Selection System has been implemented by the OACP to assist police services across the province to select the most suitable applicants. The diagram below illustrates the process.

Once you have obtained your new OACP Certificate, it will be valid for one year. This certificate can be used in your application process with many of Ontario's police services. Please note, the OACP Certificate is only required for police services participating in this assessment and selection program. This means not all police services require you to possess an OACP Certificate prior to applying for employment. Therefore, prior to completing payment for the assessment package, please ensure you verify the requirement for an OACP Certificate with the police service to which you intend to submit your application.

Curious About Our Assessments?

Click the buttons below to see an in-depth review of the assessments used in our process.

Considering a Career in Policing?

Policing as a profession is one of the most demanding yet rewarding careers in the world. As a police officer in Ontario, you will be given responsibility for public safety, the protection of property, and the maintenance of societal order. Your duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Preserving the peace
  • Preventing crimes and assisting others in prevention
  • Assisting victims of crime
  • Apprehending and charging offenders and executing warrants
  • Building trust and positive relationships with our communities
  • Commitment to further developing and maintain those relationships with the community

A Police Officer is required to work various shifts that provide 24-hour service, 365 days of the year, including weekends and statutory holidays. Ontario residents and visitors, represent the full spectrum of diverse social identifies. Thus, police officers in our province must not only possess cultural knowledge, but also consistently demonstrate cultural competencies that will allow them to provide fair and equitable community safety. The ability of police officers to serve with distinction, given all the challenges of a dynamic society, is one of the many reasons that Canada is among the best places to live and work in. To find out more, please see our “Become a Police Officer” page.

Special Constable and Other Justice Practitioners

Special Constables and Justice Practitioners working in related justice fields are very important to public safety and community well-being in Ontario. The OACP has partnered with other justice agencies to offer the OACP Certificate to assess suitability of applicants in related justice professions.

Accessibility/Accommodations

The OACP in all its services is committed to full compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Accordingly, we are prepared to provide support and alternatives that address the accessibility and accommodation needs of any police or special constable applicant. Should you require accessibility support or have an accommodation need, please contact us for assistance through our “Contact Us” page.  

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