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

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Update Bulletin

See here for all recent and upcoming updates regarding the OACP Certificate and Police Recruitment Process in Ontario

OACP Extension Notice
May 19th, 2022

    • The OACP has granted a 6-month extension to all applicants who completed testing in 2020 due the COVID pandemic. This means, the final extensions have been issued in December 2020 which all applicants would have received a letter extending their certificate to June 2022. As all Police Services have resumed standard recruitment processing times again, recruitment stages are no longer delayed.

Educational Requirement
May 15th, 2022

    • A recent decision rendered by the Ministry of the Solicitor General has confirmed that section 83 subsection (f) (which is the new educational requirement) of the Comprehensive Police Services Act will be delayed beyond spring 2022. This means applicants will not be required to possess a college diploma or a university degree (or prescribed equivalent) until a later point in time. Further information will be provided at a later date. For any questions, please feel free to contact our support team

Re-Testing Policy
December 29th, 2020

    • As of January 1st, all applicants will be eligible to conduct re-testing 2 months prior to their certificate expiry date. Applicants are now able to re-write their examinations at the 10-month period after they have been issued an OACP Certificate. This is to allow applicants time to maintain a valid OACP Certificate while they are actively within a recruitment process. These applicants will be required to obtain the re-testing package.

 

2022 Changes to OACP Equivalency Policy

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 been issued an OACP Equivalency Certificate in 2020 and/or 2021; and,
  • Must have a valid PATI issued by ATS in 2019

Please be advised that if you hold a partially completed ATS certificate but did not conduct equivalency testing in 2020 and/or 2021, you will be required to complete the full OACP package regardless of the status of your PATI testing. 

OACP Certificate Processing Times

Please be advised that the OACP Certificate Process is a versatile online platform that operates based on your individual timing to complete the required steps. Depending on when you wish to submit your forms and complete your online tests, this will dictate processing times to receive your certificate. Here are the key waiting times you need to be aware of:

  • After paying the Certificate fee, you can expect to receive your Part A & B/C emails within 24 business hours.
  • After you have completed your online tests, you can expect to wait up to 4 business days to receive your certificate which will be issued via email.

If you have any questions about processing times, please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Updated Medical Examination Package

The OACP continues to work with partners and stakeholders to improve and update our medical standards. This new package illustrates updates to the Hearing Standards and new tools eligible for use regarding peripheral vision standards.

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 [email protected]
  • Start your Fitness log & Medical Examination Package (Please note, the fitness log and medical package are to be submitted to the Police Service you wish to apply for once you have received the certificate).

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 be brought directly into your Part C assessment. This assessment is not a timed exam and you be provided 4 statements for each question. From these 4 statements, you must select only ONE statement which you Agree with and ONE statement you disagree with.

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.

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.

Wondering About How To Prepare For Our Assessments?

Click the button below to see an in-depth review of the assessments used in our process. This guide also offers study tips to help you prepare.

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 via email at: [email protected]  

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