Vision and hearing exams

Due to physical distancing rules in place across the Country at this time, vision and hearing exams are not required in order to apply. These exams can be done later in the process once physical distancing restrictions have been lifted.

Before you submit your on-line application, you need to complete the following two (2) examinations:

  1. Vision examination
  2. Hearing examination

Please keep your completed forms until you are asked to submit them.

Note: The results of these examinations will be valid for two (2) years.

Exemption

Applicants who live in one of the three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut) are not required to have their vision examination or Form 2180 completed prior to applying. Please contact the recruiting office in your territory to discuss your pre-application requirements.

The vision examination and form (RM Applicant Vision Examination Report - RCMP Form 2180) must be completed by a Canadian optometrist/ophthalmologist. The minimum requirements are outlined below as well as on the form, in more detail.

If you have had laser surgery you must wait the following amount of time before having a vision examination completed:

  • Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery – 30 days
  • Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery – 90 days
  • Implanted corrective lenses (ICL, PIOL) surgery with anterior chamber lens – 6 months
  • Implanted corrective lenses (ICL, PIOL) surgery with posterior chamber lens – 12 months

Visual acuity

Corrected vision (with glasses or contacts): Visual acuity must be at least 6/6 (20/20) in one eye and 6/9 (20/30) in the other; and,

Uncorrected vision (without glasses or contacts lenses): Visual acuity must be at least 6/18 (20/60) in each eye OR 6/12 (20/40) in one eye and at least 6/30 (20/100) in the other eye.

This minimum vision acuity is required for safe performance of policing duties if glasses or contacts are lost or displaced.

Field of vision

Must be at least 150 degrees continuous along the horizontal meridian and 20 degrees continuous above and below fixation with both eyes open and examined together.

Colour-vision testing

Using the standardized Ishihara pseudo-isochromatic plates, colour-vision will be considered normal if at least 17 of 21 patterns are correctly identified (pass).

If required, further evaluation will be conducted with the Farnsworth D-15 test. Applicants who pass the Farnsworth D-15 test will be assessed as meeting the minimum colour-vision standards.

Ocular disease

Applicants must be free from ocular diseases impairing visual performance. Further information may be requested at the health assessment stage.

The hearing examination and form (RM Applicant Hearing Examination Report – RCMP form 6509 must be completed by a practitioner in accordance with the Canadian Standards Association Standard on Pure Tone Air Conduction Audiometers for Hearing Conservation and for Screening. You cannot use a hearing aid during the examination. The minimum requirements are outlined below as well as on the form, in more detail.

Minimum hearing standards for RCMP applicants

  • Hearing loss no greater than 30 dB in the better ear in the 500 to 3000 Hz range; and
  • Hearing loss no greater than 30 dB in the worst ear in the range of 500-2900 Hz and no more than 50 dB in the worst ear at 3000 Hz.
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