Is a career as a border services officer right for you?

This questionnaire is intended for your personal use only. It is designed to help you determine if a career as a border services officer is right for you.

Be …


  • Are you at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident?
  • Do you have a high school diploma?
  • Do you have a valid driver's license?
  • Are you willing to do the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course at your own expense before the start of training?
  • Would you be able to do the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation in 4:45 minutes?
  • Are you prepared to complete a psychological assessment to ensure you are fit to undergo training, including use of force and handling a firearm?
  • Are you prepared to undergo a medical exam performed by Health Canada?


  • You will be asked to select your preferred work locations from a list of districts, including small communities. Are you prepared to relocate if necessary?
  • Are you ready to work shifts that include weekends and statutory holidays?
  • Are you willing to carry a duty firearm and other defensive equipment?
  • Would you be comfortable working in an airport, at a land border or a marine operation, including high volume environments, adverse weather conditions and doing examinations in small / confined areas?
  • Do you make an effort to learn about cultures different from your own?
  • Are you comfortable interacting with people who come from different cultures and backgrounds?
  • Do you have the confidence to be assertive and handle stressful situations in a calm, constructive and professional manner?


  • Do you believe your values and personal qualities match ours and are you prepared to fulfill our commitment to service excellence?
  • When making a plan, do you think ahead about potential obstacles you might encounter and how to deal with them?
  • Can you make quick, effective decisions in situations that are unclear or complex?

Ready …

to Learn

  • Do you have the self-discipline and determination to do four weeks of online learning?
  • Could you follow a training program that includes self-directed and in-class learning, physical training, use of force training, and simulation exercises?
  • Are you willing and available to attend 4.5 months of in-residence training at our College in Rigaud, Quebec?

to Develop

  • Do you readily accept instructions, suggestions or constructive criticism offered by someone in a position of authority or by a colleague?
  • Are you willing to make a commitment to provide the best possible service to all of our clients, including Canadian citizens, permanent residents, new immigrants, visitors to Canada and the trade community, while protecting the safety and security of Canada?

to Protect and Serve

  • Are you prepared to use a duty firearm or any other necessary physical force in the performance of your duties?
  • Are you willing to work in an armed law enforcement environment?
  • Do you want to be part of a dynamic organization that promotes a continuous learning environment; provides interesting and challenging developmental opportunities; and will challenge you both physically and intellectually?

Review the application requirements to get started.

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