Prepare for NAPS

NAPS will accept applications from people meeting the following requirements. You MUST HAVE all of the following seven (7) requirements before you can apply:

Check off which requirements you meet.

  • You must be 19 years of age or older

  • You must be a Citizen of Canada or a Permanent Resident

  • You must have a completed Grade 12 education diploma or equivalency

  • You must have no criminal record

    For which a pardon has not been received or an absolute/conditional discharge that has not been sealed.

    For information about obtaining a "pardon" (record suspension) visit the Parole Board of Canada website for
    more information.

  • You must have a valid O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results

    For more information about obtaining your O.A.C.P. certificate please visit Applicant Testing Services

  • You must have an up-to-date First Aid/CPR certificate

    For more information about first aid/CPR certifications visit the Red Cross or St. John's Ambulance.

  • You must have a valid Class G driver's License

    No restrictions (NAPS requires a colour photocopy prior to hiring).

    Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for details how to obtain your Class G driver's license

Did you check these seven requirements? If so please review our Candidate Preparation list below before applying to become a NAPS Officer.

Note: If you are unsure about your qualifications, please feel free to complete and send in an application – it will be reviewed upon receipt and you will be contacted.  Make sure you first complete the following:


Before you send in an application:

Please read, review & be able to present knowledge on the following 4 topics:

1.  The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)

The NAN Directory provides information on the names of the NAN communities, along with the contact numbers for the Chiefs and Council for each community. Most of these communities have websites and you are encouraged to call or visit the communities or their websites to learn more about the people that we serve and protect. If you speak with a Band Councillor, please request to speak with the Councillor in charge of the Policing Portfolio.

2. Call our Detachments

Speak to our officers about the work, community, health & safety, travel costs, expenses, working alone, effect on family and social life, schooling, shifts, overtime, etc.  You must speak to one officer from each of the 3 Regions.  Also be sure to broaden your contact to capture information from the far north communities and the road-access communities.  You will find a telephone directory on our website under “Services > Detachments” or:

3. Flight Travel Research

Our officers must partially pay for their own travel in and out of their posted detachment/community. NAPS subsidizes 13 flights per year but the amount varies with location.  You should research the airlines that fly in northern Ontario, their airfares, their cargo rates, their routes, and which major city or town they commute to and from.  For more information about which airlines serve our regions visit Wasaya Airways, Nakina Air Service, Thunder Airlines or Air Creebec

4. Online Search – “Police Competency Interview”

The results of this search will assist in preparing you for an interview. Familiarize yourself with essential competency interview (ECI) questions and how to properly answer the questions.

Other Resources & Information:

NAPS Ride Along

To make arrangements for a ride along, please use the detachment telephone list to contact the Sergeant for the detachment you wish to ride along with.  This is an opportunity for an applicant to gain perspective on how our officers travel in and out of the communities and also get introduced to NAN community members. At your own expense, you may fly in a remote northern community and complete a ride along. Arrangements for lodging and meals would also be made by the applicant.

The New OACP Certificate Process

Start Your OACP Certificate Process!

A desired additional qualification for the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service is to obtain an OACP Certificate.  This is a new process.  The previous process was to obtain a Certificate of Results, or a COR, from Applicant Testing Services.  The new process is the official OACP Entry Level Police Testing website with the complete certificate requirements available online for your convenience.

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.

For those who have obtained the OACP Certificate prior to January 1st, 2020, please ensure you click the “OACP Certificate Equivalency Guide” button to understand what is required from you. If you are ready to proceed, please click the “Obtain your Equivalency” button to proceed with your OACP Certificate process.

Those who currently have an expired or incomplete OACP Certificate:

PREP, WCT or Medical Examination Package will not be required to obtain an OACP Certificate Equivalency; however you must follow the directions outlined in the OACP Equivalency Guide.  Please direct all of your questions about the previous OACP COR and the new OACP Certificate to their website:

OACP Certificate Testing Website:

Fitness Training – Preparing for the PREP

The Ontario Police College graduation requirement for fitness is to pass the PREP – Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police.  The PREP was developed over a two-year period by experts in the areas of policing, fitness and equality rights to ensure it is an unbiased and valid occupational requirement for policing.  It is based on a comprehensive scientific process and identifies those individuals who possess the physical capabilities needed to meet the rigorous demands of policing.

There are three separate components to the PREP:  a screening component to ensure your medical readiness and two performance components to assess your physical capability (the Pursuit/Restraint Circuit and the Aerobic Shuttle Run).   The performance components that must be met in order to pass the fitness testing at the police college is as follows.  Recruits at the police college will be tested around the first 5 weeks so it is important to have a grasp on your fitness prior to applying for a constable position.

Pursuit/Restraint Circuit`               Must be completed in 2:37 or less

Shuttle Run                                         Must reach level 7 or greater

Pre-Exercise Clearance and Consent

Before beginning any new fitness program, download and complete one or both of the following two forms: 2018 Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q+) and the Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+).

Click Here To Download the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (pdf)

Click Here To Download the Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (pdf)

Police Fitness Pin (PIN Test)

At the interview stage, a required qualification for the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service is to pass a fitness test called the PIN Test by at least 50%.  The Ontario Police Fitness Award (OPFA) is a provincial incentive program developed to motivate Ontario police officers and police service employees to remain physically fit throughout their entire careers. The policing services division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ontario Chiefs of Police sanctions the OPFA program. The OPFA program is designed and implemented by the Police Fitness Personnel of Ontario (PFPO).

Download the Tables and Scores document to determine the required standards.  See the information above (Preparing for the PREP) to download an mp3 of the Shuttle Run (beep test).

Please check out the attached link to learn about the fitness testing. Also, NAPS tests aerobic fitness by the Shuttle Run, not the 2.4 km run.

For the Shuttle Run, please watch this video, skipping ahead to 8:11.

Learn to Run

This Learn to Run program is designed to have you running approximately 5 Km by the end of a nine week training period.

Driver’s Licence / Police Records Check


Having a valid, Ontario Class ‘G’ Driver’s Licence is a requirement to apply for a constable position with NAPS.  You are not required to submit a driver’s abstract.


Applicants from Manitoba must possess a Valid Class 5 Driver’s License (Full) and submit a Manitoba Driver Abstract dated within 30 days of the application date, along with a recent Police Record Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Check, from the police service(s) where you have resided within the past 5 years.


Applicants from Quebec must possess a driver’s licence that allows you to drive passenger cars and trucks with 2 axles, and submit a Driving Record Request dated within 30 days of the application date, along with a recent Police Record Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Check, from the police service(s) where you have resided within the past 5 years.

Applicants who are residents of Thunder Bay (or have resided in Thunder Bay within the previous 5 years at time of application):

Upon receipt of an application, NAPS will provide the applicant with a letter to obtain a Level 3 Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) from the Thunder Bay Police Service, found at