GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Zepedder » Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:05 pm

hsinom wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:01 pm
Zepedder wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:48 pm
I received the same email today for being exempt. It further states that if you have valid results from the GCT 2-314 and WCPT-351 tests, you don't have to write it. I actually did those tests when I applied in 2014 before I received a deferral later in the process. Does anyone know how long those results would be valid for? I've tried searching but can't seem to find information.
Email and advise them of this. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think they have a expiry date.
I didn't think they did, but I'm not sure as I no longer have the email with my results from when I wrote them. I've already put in a request through the Public Service Commission for a copy of the results so hopefully that will come in time to submit them.
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Applied- Oct, 2016
Interview- May, 2017
Psych - Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Docs- July, 2017
Medical- Feb, 2020 (renewal)
PARE- Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Int.- July, 2018
Clearance - August, 2018
OITP- ?
Rigaud- ?

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:35 pm

Zepedder wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:48 pm
I received the same email today for being exempt. It further states that if you have valid results from the GCT 2-314 and WCPT-351 tests, you don't have to write it. I actually did those tests when I applied in 2014 before I received a deferral later in the process. Does anyone know how long those results would be valid for? I've tried searching but can't seem to find information.
not listed now on the actual test site, but here's what a history post in the forum shows :
Qc Applicant wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:22 pm
No problem!

We’ll see. I was just asked to submit proof of SLE Tests…

Also, since I already wrote them, I wonder about the validity of the following exams:

1.- WCPT-351
2.- GCT 2-314

Cheers



OK, I just found this (Again!):

9.- The retest period is 180 days (this means that you have to wait 180 days before taking the test again). If you re-take the test, only your most recent score will be used. If you are happy with your results and decide not to rewrite, your score on the GCT2 is valid indefinitely.

Taken from General Competency Test Level 2 (GCT2)
General Test-Taking Tips & Information:

http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/test-e ... #Checklist

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Zepedder » Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:40 pm

IronWolf wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:35 pm
Zepedder wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:48 pm
I received the same email today for being exempt. It further states that if you have valid results from the GCT 2-314 and WCPT-351 tests, you don't have to write it. I actually did those tests when I applied in 2014 before I received a deferral later in the process. Does anyone know how long those results would be valid for? I've tried searching but can't seem to find information.
not listed now on the actual test site, but here's what a history post in the forum shows :
Qc Applicant wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:22 pm
No problem!

We’ll see. I was just asked to submit proof of SLE Tests…

Also, since I already wrote them, I wonder about the validity of the following exams:

1.- WCPT-351
2.- GCT 2-314

Cheers



OK, I just found this (Again!):

9.- The retest period is 180 days (this means that you have to wait 180 days before taking the test again). If you re-take the test, only your most recent score will be used. If you are happy with your results and decide not to rewrite, your score on the GCT2 is valid indefinitely.

Taken from General Competency Test Level 2 (GCT2)
General Test-Taking Tips & Information:

http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/test-e ... #Checklist
That's great, thank you for the information.
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Applied- Oct, 2016
Interview- May, 2017
Psych - Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Docs- July, 2017
Medical- Feb, 2020 (renewal)
PARE- Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Int.- July, 2018
Clearance - August, 2018
OITP- ?
Rigaud- ?

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Emak » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:41 pm

IronWolf wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:06 pm
ummarhamid wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:25 pm
hsinom wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:21 pm
Oddly I just got a email asking me to do a alternate written exam because I was exempt from writing the standardized tests which I must complete. Not sure if it's a pass or fail since the email doesn't say it but it sounds like they have too many people in the pool and picking the best ones
No need to worry. Everyone who skipped the exam had to do it. You are not the only one. Just pay attention to the exam instructions.
Yeah, it's not about picking the best, just making sure everyone in the current process pool have passed the test as in the pool from 2019 applicants everyone had to do it.

Chill and do the test. Good luck !
I got the same email today.. Will do it and hope for the best. I don't see ourselves going anywhere until next year maybe.....
Stay safe and enjoy the good weather all!
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Applied: 04/2017
Educ Doc: 06/17 ✔
Interview: 01/18 ✔
MMPI: 01/18 + 02/20 ✔
Psych: 02/18 + 03/20 ✔
PARE: 04/18 + 10/19 (Ext 04/21)
SEC doc: sent 03/18 - 09/19 ✔
Medical: 09/18 + 09/19 (Ext 09/21)
SEC Int: 09/19 ✔
OITP: TBA
Rigaud: TBA

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby hsinom » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:03 am

Emak wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:41 pm
IronWolf wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:06 pm
ummarhamid wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:25 pm


No need to worry. Everyone who skipped the exam had to do it. You are not the only one. Just pay attention to the exam instructions.
Yeah, it's not about picking the best, just making sure everyone in the current process pool have passed the test as in the pool from 2019 applicants everyone had to do it.

Chill and do the test. Good luck !
I got the same email today.. Will do it and hope for the best. I don't see ourselves going anywhere until next year maybe.....
Stay safe and enjoy the good weather all!
Did your email say If you have to reply to do it? Also I'm glad not the only one . I believe this exam was not in the steps listed when I'd applied so I'm still uncertain if this means if you don't pass this step you move on but either way I see it as a positive sign that likely we will be going to rigaud next year sometime.
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Inventory/Doc sent- Dec 2017
Interview- Sept 2018
Security Sent- Sept 2018
Psych - Oct 2018
Medical - Feb 2019/Mar 2020
Pare- April 2019/Oct 2020
Security Interview - May 2019
Security Clearance- Dec 2019
OITP- ?
Rigaud- ?

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Emak » Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:46 am

hsinom wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:03 am
Emak wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:41 pm
IronWolf wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:06 pm


Yeah, it's not about picking the best, just making sure everyone in the current process pool have passed the test as in the pool from 2019 applicants everyone had to do it.

Chill and do the test. Good luck !
I got the same email today.. Will do it and hope for the best. I don't see ourselves going anywhere until next year maybe.....
Stay safe and enjoy the good weather all!
Did your email say If you have to reply to do it? Also I'm glad not the only one . I believe this exam was not in the steps listed when I'd applied so I'm still uncertain if this means if you don't pass this step you move on but either way I see it as a positive sign that likely we will be going to rigaud next year sometime.
I usually reply to acknowledge receipt. Time will tell. Stay safe.
GTA
Applied: 04/2017
Educ Doc: 06/17 ✔
Interview: 01/18 ✔
MMPI: 01/18 + 02/20 ✔
Psych: 02/18 + 03/20 ✔
PARE: 04/18 + 10/19 (Ext 04/21)
SEC doc: sent 03/18 - 09/19 ✔
Medical: 09/18 + 09/19 (Ext 09/21)
SEC Int: 09/19 ✔
OITP: TBA
Rigaud: TBA

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Zepedder » Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:56 am

Just to inform anyone that's curious, I received my results for the GCT 2-314 and WCPT-351 tests from the Public Service Commission within a day of putting in a request and it also states both test results are valid indefinitely.
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Applied- Oct, 2016
Interview- May, 2017
Psych - Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Docs- July, 2017
Medical- Feb, 2020 (renewal)
PARE- Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Int.- July, 2018
Clearance - August, 2018
OITP- ?
Rigaud- ?

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:14 am

Zepedder wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:56 am
Just to inform anyone that's curious, I received my results for the GCT 2-314 and WCPT-351 tests from the Public Service Commission within a day of putting in a request and it also states both test results are valid indefinitely.
Great ! Good luck ahead !

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Zepedder » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:48 am

IronWolf wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:14 am
Zepedder wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:56 am
Just to inform anyone that's curious, I received my results for the GCT 2-314 and WCPT-351 tests from the Public Service Commission within a day of putting in a request and it also states both test results are valid indefinitely.
Great ! Good luck ahead !
Thank you, you as well wherever you are in the process!
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GCT2/WCPT- Exempt
Applied- Oct, 2016
Interview- May, 2017
Psych - Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Docs- July, 2017
Medical- Feb, 2020 (renewal)
PARE- Sept, 2019 (renewal)
Security Int.- July, 2018
Clearance - August, 2018
OITP- ?
Rigaud- ?

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Jinkies » Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:36 pm

Hi everyone,

I am brand new here and still trying to figure everything out, so please let me know if I do anything wrong (I know Reddit can be especially picky, so I like to be mindful).

I've actually been reading this forum casually since I was still deciding whether I even wanted to apply and here I am an ~official~ applicant now! I will try to figure out my signature to give anyone who answers a better idea of where I am at in the process, as I did the application process a little bass-ackwards. I have done my best to scroll through as many posts as possible to see if I can find my answer, but I will admit I didn't have much luck.

Onto my question(s), please let me know if this can be found elsewhere. Right now I am waiting for my medical evaluation, the OITP, and then off to Rigaud. Before the Covid I was supposed to be in the "summer intake" as per the email I received a few months ago. Let's pretend the covid doesn't exist for a second, does anyone know the time frame between OITP and Rigaud? I've seen some posts about two weeks notice for going to Rigaud? The reason I ask is because my current position has me contractually obligated to give three-weeks notice when I resign. In a perfect world, would I be better off putting in my notice prior to starting OITP?

Obviously I know this is probably allllll going to change
. But a rough idea so I have literally anything to base it on would be very much appreciated. Also, if anyone has any tips or insight on what they are doing to maintain their physique post-PARE because I will go bananas if I have to do that a third time.

Nice to meet you all and best of luck in all of your processes :wave:
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Applied - Aug 2018
OTEE - Sept 2018
Interview - Jan 2019
Psych Evaluation - Aug 2019
Security papers sent - Sept 2019
Integrity Interview/Clearance Granted - Dec 2019
PARE - Feb 2020/Mar 2020
Medical - ???
Online: ???
Rigaud: ???

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby JetMoto87 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:49 pm

Hey everyone, I got a buddy who is going to OPC for June 28th. Has to quarantine for two weeks beforehand. While not CBSA it is good to see that these training institutions are starting back up, hopefully Rigaud starts back up within next month or two as well.
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Applied: Jan 2019
Otee: Mar 2019 Passed
Interview: May 2019 Passed
Psych: Nov 2019 Passed
Background started: Jan 2020
Pare: Mar 2020 Passed
Security interview: Sep 2020 Passed
Medical: Nov 2020
Online: ?
Rigaud: ?

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:49 am

Jinkies wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:36 pm
... does anyone know the time frame between OITP and Rigaud? I've seen some posts about two weeks notice for going to Rigaud? The reason I ask is because my current position has me contractually obligated to give three-weeks notice when I resign. In a perfect world, would I be better off putting in my notice prior to starting OITP?...
Many reported here that is 2 weeks.

You get that notice at the time you receive the invite for the online part, so it's at least 6-7 weeks before Rigaud you know when you will eventually go.

It seems you have enough time, 2-3 weeks into the online part you will see if you are on your way to pass (hopefully), and then you can advise your current HR in the last week of OITP.

But I would email CBSA HR about it, I am sure they get many questions of that kind and they are the best source.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby ProxyWolf » Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:28 am

IronWolf wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:49 am
Jinkies wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:36 pm
... does anyone know the time frame between OITP and Rigaud? I've seen some posts about two weeks notice for going to Rigaud? The reason I ask is because my current position has me contractually obligated to give three-weeks notice when I resign. In a perfect world, would I be better off putting in my notice prior to starting OITP?...
Many reported here that is 2 weeks.

You get that notice at the time you receive the invite for the online part, so it's at least 6-7 weeks before Rigaud you know when you will eventually go.

It seems you have enough time, 2-3 weeks into the online part you will see if you are on your way to pass (hopefully), and then you can advise your current HR in the last week of OITP.

But I would email CBSA HR about it, I am sure they get many questions of that kind and they are the best source.
It's 3 weeks between the end of Online and the start of College, and currently we are on a 2 week's notice standby to return to campus.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Jinkies » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:49 am

treeego wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:28 am
IronWolf wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:49 am
Jinkies wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:36 pm
... does anyone know the time frame between OITP and Rigaud? I've seen some posts about two weeks notice for going to Rigaud? The reason I ask is because my current position has me contractually obligated to give three-weeks notice when I resign. In a perfect world, would I be better off putting in my notice prior to starting OITP?...
Many reported here that is 2 weeks.

You get that notice at the time you receive the invite for the online part, so it's at least 6-7 weeks before Rigaud you know when you will eventually go.

It seems you have enough time, 2-3 weeks into the online part you will see if you are on your way to pass (hopefully), and then you can advise your current HR in the last week of OITP.

But I would email CBSA HR about it, I am sure they get many questions of that kind and they are the best source.
It's 3 weeks between the end of Online and the start of College, and currently we are on a 2 week's notice standby to return to campus.
Cheers, thank you guys/gals. I hope you get back to Rigaud soon!
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Applied - Aug 2018
OTEE - Sept 2018
Interview - Jan 2019
Psych Evaluation - Aug 2019
Security papers sent - Sept 2019
Integrity Interview/Clearance Granted - Dec 2019
PARE - Feb 2020/Mar 2020
Medical - ???
Online: ???
Rigaud: ???

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Newrecruit1983 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:13 pm

Rigaud is back on June 28th. Wave A got the invite and they are going back and they graduate August 21st. Not sure if wave B or C will be at the college at the same time as Wave A. I was in wave b 5.5 weeks in when sent home. All they have told us is you will get an email stating that you are to come back and information on what to expect. But you will get this email at least with 4 weeks notice to give to your current employer or to just give 4 weeks to prepare to come back.


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