Open Testing Sign Up

The Calgary Police Service is introducing open testing dates for the recruiting process.

Written testing is a mandatory step in the CPS recruiting process for sworn officers. Take this opportunity to write the ACT and APCAT exam prior to completing the full application online. This exam is a provincial standard with results valid for five years and transferable to all municipal police agencies in Alberta. Although the open exam does not require you to submit an application for recruiting, writing the exam will count as an official attempt.

Recruiting Basics


Effective police officers need a strong foundation in knowledge of the law and modern community-based policing methods. You will learn CPS policy & procedure, municipal, provincial, federal laws and statutes including the Criminal Code of Canada and much, much more.

Physical Demands

It goes without saying that maintaining a high level of fitness is a must, given the physical nature of police work. Being physically fit allows you to best serve the community and your fellow officers.

Work Environment

CPS patrol officers work shiftwork.  Depending on the rotation this may include 8, 10 or 12 hour shifts rotating between days and nights. Working shiftwork is an expectation of the job.

Salary and Benefits

The CPS has a very competitive salary and benefits package. You’ll start with three weeks of vacation per year (pro-rated) with the opportunity to take overtime hours as additional vacation time. Plus you’ll receive full pay and benefits while you receive training.

Requirements of a CPS Officer

We expect a great deal from the people we select to serve the citizens of Calgary as police officers. Our members must have exemplary moral character, a high degree of personal integrity, display sound judgment, intelligent decision making, maturity and common sense.   We support a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace and expect our applicants to display these values.

The CPS has seven core values: Respect, Honesty, Compassion, Courage, Fairness, Accountability and Integrity. The importance of having these traits cannot be stressed enough – nor can they be taught. These are the foundations of what makes a good CPS officer.

If you think you are ready, or would like any more information about a career in policing with the Calgary Police Service, attending one of our monthly Information Sessions is a great way to fully prepare for our application process. You’ll get to hear a more in-depth presentation of all facets related to the application process and have an opportunity to speak with recruiters and other police officers.

Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent.
  • Canadian citizen, landed immigrant status or permanent resident status (living in Canada or the United States for three years).
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Class 5 Driver’s license (non GDL) with no more than five demerit points.
  • Meet medical/health and fitness standards.
  • No unpardoned criminal convictions.
  • No criminal charges pending before the courts.
  • No criminal activity within the last three years both detected and undetected.
  • One year clear of discharge date from a bankruptcy.
  • Standard first aid certificate.
  • “Level C” CPR certificate.

Please note that these requirements are a prerequisite and you must meet them to apply. Also, remember that having the minimum requirements allow you to apply, but does not necessary mean you will be successful in our competitive hiring process. Some candidates may meet the minimum requirements but are not competitive, suitable or meet the core values of our organization.

The competencies that we are looking for are:

  1. Adaptability/Decisiveness
  2. Initiative/Perseverance
  3. Interpersonal Skills
  4. Stress Management
  5. Valuing Service and Diversity

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education.
  • Consistent employment history.
  • Volunteer experience in the community.
  • Work or volunteer experience involving a position of responsibility and trust.
  • Duties that involve significant interaction with the public.
  • Applied knowledge of computers, including but not limited to, MS Windows, Word, Outlook, etc., and basic typing skills.


Consider another’s values, beliefs, thoughts and ideas.

We recognize that our behaviour in the community and at work is grounded in human dignity. Our consideration of others in the most routine and the most trying of times is what distinguishes our place in the community. When we give respect, we earn respect.


Be truthful in our words and actions.

We understand honesty builds upon the respect we share with one another and the community.  We are honest about the realities we face, the actions we take, and the outcomes we have.


Show care and concern for the wellbeing of others.

We know care is given to all, regardless of circumstances. We realize that our actions towards someone, sometimes when they are experiencing their most tragic and vulnerable moments, can be life altering and they can give hope.


Face adversity and stand up for what is right.

We accept that it takes resolve to address the challenges we will face. We will always accept those as necessary steps that allow good to prevail.


Give just and impartial treatment to others.

We acknowledge we all carry unique personal beliefs, values and attitudes. We always provide care and service that is void of judgment.


Be fiercely responsible to the public and to each other for our actions.

We embrace the importance of answering to others, whether we work with them or for them. In doing so, we strive to always act in the best interest of our collective goals.


Consistently practice our values and principles.

We know every decision and action must stand the test of whether it reflects our ethos and best serves our community – both internal and external. Our actions must always strive to uphold the trust we build.

Information Sessions

Please Note: All Information Sessions have been cancelled until fall 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

The Calgary Police Service information sessions are held to help answer any questions you have about the recruitment process, including pre-requisites and competencies required for a career in policing.

Local information sessions are held at the Calgary Police Service Westwinds Campus:

Westwinds Campus

5111, 47 Street NE (map & directions)

EAST BUILDING - Enter via 47 Street NE off McKnight Blvd. NE

Please note that this is not an “open house“ style event but rather a presentation that starts promptly at the designated time. Please allow yourself adequate time to arrive and find parking.

Please wait in the main lobby and you will be escorted to the Lecture Hall. You do not have to pre-register. Please attend with photo ID.

Upcoming Dates

The Process

The application process is a detailed and time consuming process to engage in – but it is designed to help us identify the very best applicants to become Calgary Police Service officers. From beginning to end, it may take 3 to 6 months to complete.

Learn More About the Process


Wondering about the recruiting process? Here are some frequently asked questions.

Contact CPS Recruiting


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Call the CPS Recruiting Unit at 403-428-8483 or toll free at 1-866-CPS-HIRE.