Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results?

Applicant Testing Services (A.T.S.) administers the tests required for you to obtain the O.A.C.P. (Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police) Certificate of Results. The testing done to obtain the certificate is an aptitude test (P.A.T.I.), a written composition test (WCT), a computer generated simulation test (B-Pad), and a physical test (PREP).

Visit the A.T.S. website or contact them by phone at 1-800-429-7728. Further information about these tests can also be found on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website.

2. What are the minimum vision and hearing requirements for becoming a Police Officer in Ontario?

The minimum standards can be located on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website

3. What if I have a criminal record?

Obtain a "record suspension" (previously known as a "pardon") if you have any criminal convictions under a federal statute. If you have "Findings of Guilt" which have resulted in absolute or conditional discharges, the records must be "sealed" by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This will be done automatically after one year if the absolute discharge is registered after July 24, 1992. For a conditional discharge, this will be done automatically after three years if the conditional discharge is registered after July 24, 1992. Otherwise, you must apply to have these records sealed. For more information about getting a record suspension, visit the National Parole Board website.

4. What happens if I do not have a High School Diploma?Candidates who have not received their High School Diploma must obtain a General Education Diploma (GED) prior to applying. This can be obtained through a local Board of Education or Adult Learning Center. Candidates who have been educated outside of Canada and require an equivalency document should refer to one of the following agencies:

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada

University of Toronto Comparative Education Services

World Education Services Canada

5. Am I too old to become a Constable?No. We accept applications from anyone over the age of 18. The Guelph Police Service assesses applicants on their knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and maturity. Each person matures at their own pace and this maturity must be demonstrated during the selection process to allow the candidate to proceed.

6. How much does it cost to attend Ontario Police College?If you are successful in our process and accept employment with our Service, you will be required to pay $11,065.00 for your training at Ontario Police College. This payment will be due upon your arrival at the College (you will be receiving a salary while attending OPC).

7. How long does it take to get hired?

The Ontario Police College has three intakes per year: Winter (January), Spring (May), and Fall (September). Our selection process is ongoing throughout the year, and coordinated with the OPC intakes. The process may take between 2 to 6 months to complete if the candidate is successful in all components.

8. Do I need to take a Police Foundations Program to be hired as a Police Officer?

No. We value the diverse range of backgrounds presented by our candidates, including their education. The minimum education requirement is four years of secondary school or equivalent. Notwithstanding this minimum requirement, the majority of Police Constable applicants have some post-secondary education (college or university), or have some years of loyal commitment to an employer.