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PARE Resources

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is using the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) as a screening tool in the officer trainee (developmental) selection process to assess a person's ability to perform the physically demanding use of force training undertaken during the Officer Induction Training Program (OITP) at the CBSA College. This tool is used by law enforcement organizations throughout Canada and the use of a physical abilities standard aligns the Agency's screening tools with those used by other Government of Canada law enforcement organizations.

Applicants must have a physician complete and sign the medical clearance form to ensure they are medically able to participate in the PARE. Once a medical clearance is obtained, they can arrange their PARE session at a CBSA approved test centre. They must bring the form to the PARE session. Applicants must successfully complete the PARE in 4:45 minutes or less as part of the CBSA officer trainee (developmental) selection process. If they are successful, the test centre will provide the CBSA with their result. Test centres will also provide participants with their original PARE results form, which they will be required to show as proof to the National Recruitment Team when requested to do so.

Be Prepared

It is important to prepare for the physical demands of PARE. With proper physical preparation, the PARE 4:45 requirement can be achieved by most applicants, especially if they are already maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

To help prepare for the PARE, consider viewing the PARE demonstration video to get a better sense of what the test involves.

Additionally, applicants should have a training and conditioning program to help them prepare for the test.

Please note that before starting any training and conditioning program it is advisable to consult with a medical professional as this document is not a substitute for professional advice.

Purpose of a Training and Conditioning Program

Applicants, if not already doing so, should begin a training and conditioning program at least three to four months before they take the PARE test. During this training and conditioning, individuals should gradually increase the duration and intensity of their workouts to enhance success and avoid injury.

The focus of an applicant's training program should be to increase one's physical fitness, prevent overuse injuries, and obtain/maintain a strong and healthy body.

Please note that before starting any training and conditioning program it is advisable to consult with a medical professional as this document is not a substitute for professional advice.

Need a training program?

There are many resources available to help you increase your physical fitness level. Some options include: 

Applicants should select the best option for them and make it part of their physical preparation.

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