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Be Ready – Become a CBSA Officer

From Recruit to Officer Trainee – Training and Development Programs

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:

  • Phase one – orientation through online learning
  • Phase two – in-residence training at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec.

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

  • Applicable legislation, policies, and procedures recruits will need to apply when screening and/or inspecting people and goods
  • Information-seeking techniques
  • Inspection techniques
  • Use of force, including arming
  • Government of Canada and Agency values and ethics
  • Decisiveness
  • Safety orientation

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 three – Participation in the Officer Induction Development Program (OIDP) as a CBSA Officer Trainee at a Canadian port of entry.

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:

  • foundational knowledge of the CBSA;
  • a heightened awareness of the values and ethics of the Agency and the Government of Canada;
  • an improved awareness of diversity and race relations in the workplace; and
  • an understanding of how border services officers (BSOs) contribute and adhere to the CBSA's mission, vision, and values.

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:

  • understand and apply the relevant policies, procedures, and legislation the Agency administers;
  • identify the appropriate system for use in the application of policies, procedures and legislation;
  • perform primary and secondary inspection for immigration, food, plant and animal, and customs program functions;
  • demonstrate control and defensive tactics;
  • demonstrate firearms skills; and
  • conduct an arrest, seizure, detention or personal search and identify the grounds for action.

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.

The CBSA College

New facilities at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec

New facilities at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec

The CBSA College is located in Rigaud, Quebec, 30 minutes west of Montreal.

Recruits are provided with a private room equipped with a private bathroom, dresser, closet, desk, television, small fridge, telephone, and safe.

Meals are provided in the full-service cafeteria.

A laptop is provided to each recruit for the duration of their training at the CBSA College.

Wi-Fi and local calls are free, but long distance charges are the responsibility of the recruit.

Sports and recreational services at the campus include a gym, pool, lounge, movie room, video game consoles, a recreation room, computer workstations and a variety of outdoor sports activities.

Transportation to the campus from the airport at the beginning of training, as well as from the campus to the airport at the end of training is provided to recruits.

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.