Be Ready – Become a CBSA Officer
From Recruit to Officer Trainee – Training and Development Programs

Training for a career on the front line

2016-09-08
The CBSA is recruiting border services officers (BSOs). Our BSOs undergo an extensive training and development program to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and on-the-job training they need to be prepared for the front line. Transcript

After successfully completing the selection process, candidates will be eligible for the CBSA Officer Induction Training Program (OITP). At this point, candidates may be invited to participate in the first of the three phases of training and development. Once candidates are invited to participate in the first phase of training and development, they become recruits.

Officer Induction Training and Development Programs

To help prepare for their role as a CBSA officer trainee, recruits must first undertake and successfully complete the OITP.

The OITP comprises the first two phases:

The OITP is designed to teach and train the recruits in the following subjects:

Once a recruit has successfully completed the OITP and met the conditions of employment, they are appointed to the CBSA officer trainee position and participate in the third and final phase of the training and development programs:

Phase One (OITP) – Online

The first phase of training and development consists of an online orientation learning component that is self-paced with instructor support via the Internet that recruits complete at home before attending the CBSA College. To complete this phase, all recruits must have access to a computer with an Internet connection.

Recruits have four weeks to complete the 50 hours of training.

This phase is the prerequisite for the second phase, in-residence training at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec. If recruits do not successfully complete the online training, they will not be able to progress to the second phase.

The objectives of the first phase are to have recruits gain:

It is important to remember that officer trainees must abide by the Agency's Code of Conduct, which was developed to complement the Treasury Board Secretariat's Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and its Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment. All CBSA employees are bound by these codes and the policy, including CBSA recruits and officer trainees. Breaches are taken very seriously and could result in discipline, termination and\or legal action.

Phase Two (OITP) – CBSA College

The second phase of training and development is the in-residence training component at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec.

The second phase is completed over an 18-week period. Recruits will learn how to:

At the CBSA College, recruits will be assessed through performance-based learning, written tests, and simulations.

It is important to remember that recruits must abide by the Agency's Code of Conduct, which was developed to complement the Treasury Board Secretariat's Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and its Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment. All CBSA employees are bound by these codes and the policy, including CBSA recruits and officer trainees. Breaches are taken very seriously and could result in discipline, termination and\or legal action.

Allowance

During the in-residence phase of training and development, recruits will receive an allowance of $125 per week plus accommodations and meals. They are also entitled to one (1) return travel trip (from their home residence to the CBSA College and back).

A salary will NOT be paid until recruits successfully complete all of the required training, meet all of the conditions of employment, participate in the officer induction ceremony at the CBSA College, and accept an offer of employment as a CBSA officer trainee.

Phase Three (OIDP) – Officer Trainee

In the third phase of training and development, successful recruits become CBSA officer trainees and are posted to one of the CBSA's ports of entry across Canada, including rural and remote ports.

This phase utilizes on-the-job training and guidance, as well as formal training activities. Officer trainees build upon the knowledge and skills learned at the college and continuously apply these learned skills and knowledge in an operational environment.

The development program follows a clear and structured path and takes between 12 and 18 months to complete.

Once officer trainees have successfully completed the development program, they can be appointed as BSOs to a port of entry anywhere in Canada, including rural and remote areas, by accepting a formal offer of employment.

It is important to remember that recruits must abide by the Agency's Code of Conduct, which was developed to complement the Treasury Board Secretariat's Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and its Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment. All CBSA employees are bound by these codes and the policy, including CBSA recruits and officer trainees. Breaches are taken very seriously and could result in discipline, termination and\or legal action.

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