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New Selection Process Poster for the CBSA Officer Trainee – Developmental Program (14-BSF-EA-NBSO-FB-5555-1)

As a result of system upgrades, the Canada Border Services Agency was recently informed that our current CBSA Officer Trainee – Developmental Program (14-BSF-EA-NBSO-FB-5555) poster on the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS), otherwise known as the website, must close on June 25, 2015, and a new job poster must be opened and posted. As a result, applicants who wish to be considered for the officer trainee position or continue to be considered in the officer trainee selection process will need to reapply to the new CBSA Officer Trainee - Developmental Program poster (14-BSF-EA-NBSO-FB-5555-1) that will go live on the website on June 26, 2015.

In addition, please note that the website will undergo maintenance on Monday, June 29, 2015, and Tuesday, June 30, 2015. As a result, applicants and users will experience temporary service interruptions on these days.

For more information on the officer trainee selection process and becoming a CBSA officer, please visit our web pages at

We thank you for your continued interest in a career with the CBSA and wish you the best of luck in the selection process.


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Be Ready for a career with the Canada Border Services Agency

A career with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is as rich and diverse as the country we serve. Border Services Officers (BSOs) welcome and process more than 97 million travellers, 200,000 immigrants and refugees, and over 12 million commercial releases; collect several billion dollars' worth of duties and taxes; and administer import and export requirements for some 30,000 animals and plants. They are Canada's first line of defence in preventing inadmissible people, contraband and other illegal substances from coming into the country.  BSOs also contribute to the fight against international terrorism and illegal immigration.

Great care is taken to ensure the right people are chosen to become an officer. The foundation of a career with the CBSA is built by ensuring people have the right qualifications and are provided with the knowledge and training to work in an armed law enforcement environment. To become a BSO, recruits must successfully complete a training program, as well as a developmental program as an officer trainee. After approximately two years within the training and development programs, successful officer trainees embark on their career with the CBSA.

To become a BSO, applicants need to:

  • be willing to work anywhere in Canada.
  • be of strong moral character with sound judgment.
  • be committed to service excellence.
  • be physically prepared.
  • be 18 years of age or older.
  • be the holder of:
    • a secondary school diploma.
    • a valid driver's licence.
    • confirmation of firearms safety courses.

Applicants also need to be ready to train, to develop, to protect and serve, and most importantly, for their career with the CBSA.