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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby mx3man123 » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:25 am

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mx3man123 wrote:Yes, a CX2 is one step up from a CX1. You typically would work the units and have a caseload as a CX2. I just started 2 weeks ago as a CX1 and they have had me acting as a CX2 already, a little bit more money, not much. I would stay a CX1 as long as possible if I were you.

Are you just acting as a CX2 for a day here and there? Such as running a range for just the day. They did that to me day 2 out of OJT. Or or you up acting for 3 months 29 days? JMHO but if you are up acting so soon out of CTP some other Officers might not agree with that.

On the other hand each Prison is different. At one prison I worked at there were alot of people up acting after not much time in. At my current prison many consider that you need at least a couple of years on the job before you should consider going up acting. My advice is do whatever you want. It's your caeer after all. I'm waiting alittle longer before I put in to go up acting.



I was just acting that one shift on a unit that already had a CX2 working there so there wasn't really anything different about the day. I don't have any aspirations to be a CX2 anytime soon, maybe after i get 5-10 years under my belt and really know the job. I like being a CX1, you work different posts all the time and get to know alot of the staff and learn the whole institution which I think is important. You do alot of escorts as a CX1, we took a guy to KP hospital last night and it ate up most of my shift. The last few new guys before me that came to our institution have been givin posts so all they know is the post and nothing else, the one guy works main gate only so no staff really know him at all, and he doesn't work with inmates at all either which I don't think is a good thing.
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby Striker » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:38 pm

My very first shift as a casual was as an acting CX2 in a unit. That pretty much convinced me I didn't want to be one..my week and a half acting confirmed it. lol
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby mlanz1 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:22 pm

Does anyone know what they give you for a meal allowance during training??
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby Mandeep 81 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:06 am

From what they said in Pacific they provide us with a lunch during Core.
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby mlanz1 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:11 am

I will be training in Edmonton and my recruiting officer said that they are providing hotel and daily meal allowance for us. I am just getting impatient in finding out how much that's all. I leave to drive there from New Brunswick in 3 weeks!!!
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby mx3man123 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:49 pm

mlanz1 wrote:Does anyone know what they give you for a meal allowance during training??



If your going to staff college in Ontario and you stay at the college you get all 3 meals a day. If you don't stay at the college then you get lunch everyday.
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby abbey92 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:12 pm

Ok, Here's my question of the day.

I am looking at a posting for a Correctional Officer with Corrections Canada

Does anyone know what the criteria may be for getting chosen to write the PSC test rather than have a diploma in Criminal Justice?

I am also wondering what the "medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with the Treasury Board Guidelines" means. I have tried to look that up but can't find it. Is there a test - like COPAT - that will have to be completed or will that be done in the Correctional Training Program?

Lastly for now - is this CTP done on your own dime, no pay? How long is this program?

Thanks :shock:
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby Skiddy » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:00 pm

abbey92 wrote:Ok, Here's my question of the day.

I am looking at a posting for a Correctional Officer with Corrections Canada

Does anyone know what the criteria may be for getting chosen to write the PSC test rather than have a diploma in Criminal Justice?

I am also wondering what the "medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with the Treasury Board Guidelines" means. I have tried to look that up but can't find it. Is there a test - like COPAT - that will have to be completed or will that be done in the Correctional Training Program?

Lastly for now - is this CTP done on your own dime, no pay? How long is this program?

Thanks :shock:


First, simply need high school diploma to apply.
Second, medical requirement is visit a doctor for a physical..... No COPAT, PARE etc.
Lastly, CTP is no pay, but they cover travel to and from, meals and room. When I took the training it was 12 weeks.

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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby Striker » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:04 pm

abbey92 wrote:Ok, Here's my question of the day.

I am looking at a posting for a Correctional Officer with Corrections Canada

Does anyone know what the criteria may be for getting chosen to write the PSC test rather than have a diploma in Criminal Justice?

You can have a masters in psychology from Harvard (a friend of mine does)and you still have to write the test. His first shift was cleaning out flooded cells..

I am also wondering what the "medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with the Treasury Board Guidelines" means. I have tried to look that up but can't find it. Is there a test - like COPAT - that will have to be completed or will that be done in the Correctional Training Program?

Lastly for now - is this CTP done on your own dime, no pay? How long is this program?

Thanks :shock:

The lenght of ctp varies. Out west they are doing the home based course. 5 weeks is computer based, 4 weeks of hard skills training at the RTF.
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby the1captain » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:00 pm

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abbey92 wrote:Ok, Here's my question of the day.

I am looking at a posting for a Correctional Officer with Corrections Canada

Does anyone know what the criteria may be for getting chosen to write the PSC test rather than have a diploma in Criminal Justice?

I am also wondering what the "medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with the Treasury Board Guidelines" means. I have tried to look that up but can't find it. Is there a test - like COPAT - that will have to be completed or will that be done in the Correctional Training Program?

Lastly for now - is this CTP done on your own dime, no pay? How long is this program?

Thanks :shock:


First, simply need high school diploma to apply.
Second, medical requirement is visit a doctor for a physical..... No COPAT, PARE etc.
Lastly, CTP is no pay, but they cover travel to and from, meals and room. When I took the training it was 12 weeks.

Hope it helps!


I hear they just started doing the online learning for CTP. It is supposed to be 4-5 weeks at home online learning, take the K-1 exam and if you pass you go on and continue the rest of your training at the staff college. Therefore shortening one's stay at the college. Don't know what the online learning will entail and I don't know if I agree with less classrooom just to sit at home in front of your computer. On the other hand though less "roleplaying" in the classroom.

Just glad that I'm past CTP.
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby abbey92 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:52 am

My question was:
---- Does anyone know what the criteria may be for getting chosen to write the PSC test rather than have a diploma in Criminal Justice?

The answer I got:

You can have a masters in psychology from Harvard (a friend of mine does)and you still have to write the test. His first shift was cleaning out flooded cells.

What I meant: what is it that makes them decide to ask a person to write the PSC test in the first place -- it said online that you have to be "invited" to write the test. I was wondering how they decide who gets "invited"

I am also wondering what the "medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with the Treasury Board Guidelines" means. I have tried to look that up but can't find it.
Also, can anyone answer this question above?

It still shows the COPAT form on when you go to the website to apply online, is this a mistake on their part?

Thanks
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Medical: Passed
CTP Stage 1:Sept 6/14
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby abbey92 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:55 am

The lenght of ctp varies. Out west they are doing the home based course. 5 weeks is computer based, 4 weeks of hard skills training at the RTF.


What are the "hard skills training" components? and what does RTF stand for?

BTW --- I am in ALBERTA
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby mx3man123 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:11 pm

abbey92 wrote:
The lenght of ctp varies. Out west they are doing the home based course. 5 weeks is computer based, 4 weeks of hard skills training at the RTF.


What are the "hard skills training" components? and what does RTF stand for?




The way it works now in Ontario is the first 4 weeks online then you go in for a test and if you pass the remaining 8 weeks at the staff college which would entail 2 weeks in the gym (Self defence and arrest and control) also 2 weeks on the range to learn 4 weapons. It will still leave 4 weeks for roleplaying and stuff and skills and abilities (interviewing an offender).
I just finished in December and we were not paid but the union came in and talked to us the last week of CTP and said the new classes in 2009 will be paid something, not sure if it will be inline with what RCMP cadets make ($500/week) but something is better than nothing.
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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby PaladinPup » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:47 pm

abbey92 wrote:My question was:
---- Does anyone know what the criteria may be for getting chosen to write the PSC test rather than have a diploma in Criminal Justice?

The answer I got:

You can have a masters in psychology from Harvard (a friend of mine does)and you still have to write the test. His first shift was cleaning out flooded cells.

What I meant: what is it that makes them decide to ask a person to write the PSC test in the first place -- it said online that you have to be "invited" to write the test. I was wondering how they decide who gets "invited"

I am also wondering what the "medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with the Treasury Board Guidelines" means. I have tried to look that up but can't find it.
Also, can anyone answer this question above?

It still shows the COPAT form on when you go to the website to apply online, is this a mistake on their part?

Thanks



My understanding is that there is no other criteria, other than the basic requirements: Your HS diploma, age, and location. CSC is fickle though...who knows what actually happens in practice. I have rarely seen much consistency in the application of policy. How's that for isnpiring confidence...;)


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Re: Correctional Service of Canada application process

Postby Skiddy » Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:39 pm

abbey92 wrote:My question was:
---- Does anyone know what the criteria may be for getting chosen to write the PSC test rather than have a diploma in Criminal Justice?

The answer I got:

You can have a masters in psychology from Harvard (a friend of mine does)and you still have to write the test. His first shift was cleaning out flooded cells.

What I meant: what is it that makes them decide to ask a person to write the PSC test in the first place -- it said online that you have to be "invited" to write the test. I was wondering how they decide who gets "invited"

I am also wondering what the "medical requirements of Health Canada in accordance with the Treasury Board Guidelines" means. I have tried to look that up but can't find it.
Also, can anyone answer this question above?

It still shows the COPAT form on when you go to the website to apply online, is this a mistake on their part?

Thanks


You apply for the job, IE submit resume. You get screened in you write the PSC.

The medical, is a visit to you doctor for a pre-employment physical. Basically determines your healthy.

There is no COPAT requirement.
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