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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

Contact Notice

We are thrilled to be receiving such an overwhelming interest in the new CSS process. Please be advised that due to the amount of applicant submissions, inquiries and phone calls, we do require a timeframe of 48-72 hour response time. The certificates will be issued between 1-2 weeks. We appreciate your patience and are looking forward to assisting you all. Thank  you-OACP Support Team

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?

For those who have obtained the OACP Certificate prior to January 1st, 2020, please ensure you click the "OACP Certificate Equivalency Guide" button to understand what is required from you. If you are ready to proceed, please click the "Obtain your Equivalency" button to proceed with your OACP Certificate process.

Those who currently have an expired or incomplete OACP Certificate:

PREP, WCT or Medical Examination Package will not be required to obtain an OACP Certificate Equivalency; however you must follow the directions outlined in the OACP Equivalency Guide.

Curious About Our Assessments?

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

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.

OACP Certificate Equivalency (for applicants who have the OACP Certificate prior to January 1, 2020)

The OACP has developed a process to honour the progress of applicants who have obtained or are in the process of obtaining an OACP Certificate prior to January 1, 2020. The equivalency process was designed to help applicants and police services to maintain the integrity of the new Constable Selection System standards as well as demonstrate acceptance to those who have invested time and money in the previous selection process.

Applicants who have the following components of the previous system which have expired (this includes pending or unsuccessful) will be required to obtain the OACP Certificate Equivalency located in the “Start your Career” tab.

PATI (Applicant will be required to conduct the General Mental Ability Assessment)

BPAD (Applicant will be required to conduct the Personality Assessment)

Applicants who have the following components as expired (this includes pending or unsuccessful) will not be required to obtain the OACP Certificate Equivalency. However, those applicants will be required to follow the directions outlined below:

If your PREP component is expired:

You must download and complete the Fitness Log under the “Forms” tab. You will be required to submit your Fitness Log with your Police Application Package.

If your Hearing/Vision component is expired:

You must download and complete the Medical examination package under the “Forms” tab. You will be required to submit your medical examination package with your Police Application Package.

WCT (no action is required from the applicant)

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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