How do I apply for a civilian position?

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a civilian with the Calgary Police Service, you can refer to the City of Calgary website for job openings.


I don't live in Calgary, is there a different application process for out of town applicants?

Out of town applicants are required to come to Calgary for portions of testing. Once your application is received, a Recruiting Officer will work with you to coordinate testing.
Please note: You are responsible for all costs associated with your travel to and from Calgary. In most cases, applicants need to travel to Calgary more than once and/or be available for several days in a row.


How can I prepare for the written testing?

You may wish to consult an external study guide, web resources or a tutor. You also may want to attend an English as a Second Language course before registering for testing, if you are concerned about your level of proficiency in spoken and written English.


Is there a cut-off date to apply? When does the next recruit class start?

The CPS is continually accepting applications. Successful applicants are considered for placement in future recruit classes and will be advised when their recruit class begins when they receive their conditional offer of employment.


What is A-PREP?

The Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP) is a physical skills and ability test. The CPS uses this tool for fitness screening of police constable applicants in Alberta.
The A-PREP is a minimum standard as established by the Solicitor General and Public Security Minister and deemed a Bona-fide Occupational Requirement of a police constable.
A-PREP test results are valid for six months.
Learn more about A-PREP


Will applicants be able to practice the A-PREP before attempting the test?

A-PREP orientation sessions will be offered to applicants upon successful completion of the written exams. Applicants should also review the Fit to Serve information they will be provided. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an A-PREP Orientation session prior to attempting the A-PREP. Applicants are encouraged to maintain their fitness after passing A-PREP.
Learn more about A-PREP


Where can I do the A-PREP?

The A-PREP test can only be administered by or on behalf of one of the four agencies licensed to conduct testing. The four licensed agencies are the:

  • Calgary Police Service
  • Edmonton Police Service
  • Lethbridge Regional Police Service
  • Medicine Hat Police Service

The Calgary Police Service will accept the results of an A-PREP test conducted by any of the above agencies.


How long is my A-PREP score valid for?

A-PREP test results are valid for six months.


If I fail the A-PREP can I re-do the test?

Yes. Applicants can register for the A-PREP test following their first failure. If an applicant fails on the second test there is a two month waiting period before A-PREP can be attempted again and two month waiting period for each successive fail.


How long does the application process take?

The time required to complete all stages of the selection process varies. It is also affected by your availability to attend scheduled appointments. You must be successful at each stage of the process in order to proceed to the next stage.