Border services officer
1. Before you apply


Preference is given to veterans and Canadian citizens in that order.

Graduation with a university degree or two-year college diploma from a program like criminology, law, security, psychology, sociology or policing complement our training and development program and may be considered an asset.

The CBSA recognizes foreign education credentials that are comparable to Canadian standards (refer to the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials).

The Canadian Firearms Safety courses (CFSC and CRFSC) are no longer required in order to apply. Now, you will have until the start of training to do the courses and pass the tests.

You will be subject to a secret security clearance as part of the selection process. You must maintain your clearance throughout your employment with the Agency.

Becoming a border services officer can take up to three years, from start to finish.

1 year

Once your application is pulled from our inventory, the selection process can take up to one year.

5.5 months

The training phase is made up of four weeks of online training followed by 4.5 months of in-residence training at our college in Rigaud, Quebec.

1 to 1.5 years

The on-the-job development phase is 1 to 1.5 years long.

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