To become border services officers (BSO), candidates need an acceptable combination of education, training and experience. The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma. BSO officers must also possess a valid driver's license and must have completed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).
Previous experience or education related to law enforcement is preferred. Experience in the following is an asset:
- measuring compliance and imposing penalties or sanctions for violations
- gathering information in an investigative setting or pressure situation
- using interview and examination techniques to obtain information
- providing advice or services to the general public
- processing and handling import or export documentation.
Some additional conditions may be required in order to be appointed to an officer trainee position. Officer trainees must complete 3 phases of training before becoming BSO. The 3 phases include:
- general orientation at home through distance learning
- officer training and assessment at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Main Campus in Riguad, Quebec
- on-the-job training, guidance and formal study at any one of CBSA's ports of entry across Canada.
For more information on the conditions of employment for the BSO position, see the CBSA website.
For more information about Alberta post-secondary programs related to law enforcement, see the Police Officer occupational profile.
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