Ask the CBSA!

Discuss the educational and physical requirements, testing process and background phase involved in the hiring process. Includes the experiences and advice of current and past applicants. All agency application related questions belong here.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby mapleforce » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:53 am

Hello, friends.

I got an invitation from the CBSA earlier this week. I have been invited to start the online training module on Dec-23. I may go Rigaud on Feb-10.

This is my first post! What a first post!
Applied: 2018/03
OTEE: N/A
Interview: 2019/02
Psych test: 2019-03
SLE: 2019/05
Med: 2019/06
Security clearance: 2019/07 - 2019/09
PARE: 2019/10
OITP: 2019/11
Rigaud: 2019/02 (?)

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby PrairieFire31 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:45 pm

mapleforce wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:53 am
Hello, friends.

I got an invitation from the CBSA earlier this week. I have been invited to start the online training module on Dec-23. I may go Rigaud on Feb-10.

This is my first post! What a first post!
Congrats!! Best of luck!! :thumbsup:
Applied: AUG2017
CFSC/CRFSC: AUG2017
PARE:SEPT2018/FEB2020
OTEE: SEPT2018
Interview: NOV2018
Psych: APR2019
Medical: MAY2019/FEB2020
Security: MAY2019
Sec. Interview: AUG2019
OITP - Online Facilitated Training: TBD
OITP - Rigaud: TBD

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby mapleforce » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:34 am

pauluz wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:26 pm
regarding PAL, will it increase your chance of getting hired if you already have it at the time of interview? They didnt ask for a copy of my PAL but I gave my interviewer a copy and she seem happy with it.
I don't think so. First, shooting sports and law enforcement shooting use different techniques. Second, since the arming initiative, the CBSA firearms fired only 3 times - 2 by accident and another one to end the suffering of a dying animal. The PAL, however, replaces the firearms safety courses certificates.

Once you have been through the interview, everything should work fine. Don't worry.
Applied: 2018/03
OTEE: N/A
Interview: 2019/02
Psych test: 2019-03
SLE: 2019/05
Med: 2019/06
Security clearance: 2019/07 - 2019/09
PARE: 2019/10
OITP: 2019/11
Rigaud: 2019/02 (?)

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby hashimshah » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:12 pm

Zedlinka wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:28 pm
hashimshah wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:14 pm
Hey guys,

The last steps I did were the medical exam in Oct 2019 and before that secret clearance submission in September 2019. I am wondering if anyone is in the same boat. I haven't heard back about my security clearance although I remember the interviewer told me they were looking to induct for Jan 2020. Kind of cutting it close.

You definitely won't be in the January intake as all of the invites have gone out for that.

Did you recieve your clearance or are you still waiting for that? Because it can take up to a year or more.
Hi,
I just got an email for my integrity interview schduled for 17th of this month. Not sure how long will it take after that or the kind of questions they'll ask.
OTEE: Oct 2018
Interview: May 2019
Psyc Test & int: Jul 2019 & Aug 2019, resp
Sec Cl Sub: Sep 2019
Med: Oct 2019
PARE: Dec 2019
Secret Clearance Interview: Dec 2019
Secret Clearance Granted: Jan 2020
CRFC: Pending
OITP: Pending
Rigaud: Pending

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CBSABFI » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:58 am

mapleforce wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:34 am
pauluz wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:26 pm
regarding PAL, will it increase your chance of getting hired if you already have it at the time of interview? They didnt ask for a copy of my PAL but I gave my interviewer a copy and she seem happy with it.
I don't think so. First, shooting sports and law enforcement shooting use different techniques. Second, since the arming initiative, the CBSA firearms fired only 3 times - 2 by accident and another one to end the suffering of a dying animal. The PAL, however, replaces the firearms safety courses certificates.

Once you have been through the interview, everything should work fine. Don't worry.
Your second point is wrong, its been more than that this year. Arming has been around since 2007.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby mapleforce » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:38 am

CBSABFI wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:58 am
mapleforce wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:34 am
pauluz wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:26 pm
regarding PAL, will it increase your chance of getting hired if you already have it at the time of interview? They didnt ask for a copy of my PAL but I gave my interviewer a copy and she seem happy with it.
I don't think so. First, shooting sports and law enforcement shooting use different techniques. Second, since the arming initiative, the CBSA firearms fired only 3 times - 2 by accident and another one to end the suffering of a dying animal. The PAL, however, replaces the firearms safety courses certificates.

Once you have been through the interview, everything should work fine. Don't worry.
Your second point is wrong, its been more than that this year. Arming has been around since 2007.
In fact. 18 times until 2017 --> https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4201882
Applied: 2018/03
OTEE: N/A
Interview: 2019/02
Psych test: 2019-03
SLE: 2019/05
Med: 2019/06
Security clearance: 2019/07 - 2019/09
PARE: 2019/10
OITP: 2019/11
Rigaud: 2019/02 (?)

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby wellworththewait » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:58 pm

The answer to my question could be in the 800+ pages on here but I don't want to read 800+ pages.
I know someone that made it to the psych test stage but failed it. There apparently is no feedback as to why it was a fail.
Other than waiting 2 years and trying again, is there anything that can be learned from the process? Would the psychologist shed any light on the testing?
Seems wasteful to wait 2 years only to get the same results.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby cbmcmsa » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:03 am

wellworththewait wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:58 pm
The answer to my question could be in the 800+ pages on here but I don't want to read 800+ pages.
I know someone that made it to the psych test stage but failed it. There apparently is no feedback as to why it was a fail.
Other than waiting 2 years and trying again, is there anything that can be learned from the process? Would the psychologist shed any light on the testing?
Seems wasteful to wait 2 years only to get the same results.
The psychologist will not tell you why you failed the Psych. They will in fact tell you that several times throughout the testing day and the follow up face to face interview.

If you are curious about why you failed an aspect, you could email recruiting, but you probably won't get an answer either. If it's bothering you this much, I would go talk to a private psychologist to see what their assesment of you is, but again, that could probably be misleading.

There are reasons people fail, and reasons people pass, it could be as simple as they though you were trying to beat the questionnaire, or that they feel there is something legitimately concerning about you. Answer the questions honestly, listen to what's asked of you, and respond in kind. Other than that, there is nothing you can do.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Jamesscobey » Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:11 pm

Hi all, what kind of time off does CBSA give for military courses and or deployments? I’m a reservist and I would like to remain one. To clarify I’m not looking for time off to attend Thursday night parades or even weekend ex’s but more so for career courses and deployments.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CJ20 » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:51 am

Jamesscobey wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:11 pm
Hi all, what kind of time off does CBSA give for military courses and or deployments? I’m a reservist and I would like to remain one. To clarify I’m not looking for time off to attend Thursday night parades or even weekend ex’s but more so for career courses and deployments.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-soc ... leave.html

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Highland2012 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:07 pm

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Aug19 Med Exam- Pass
Oct19 Psy Int- Pass
Nov19 Med Clearance- pass
Nov19 SC submitted
Dec19 SP submitted
Feb20 Phone Int- pass
Feb20 Rit Int- pass
Mar 20 Poly- pass
May 20 BG- pass
SC in process
Troop:TBD

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Just joined wanting to apply

Postby Kharlvp » Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:18 am

Hey guys, I’m new here and I only joined to read the CBSA related subjects. I’m going to applying this Feb when they start the new hiring process. I can’t wait but I’m scared. I’ve been wanting this job since I was 11, ever since I arrived to Canada. I just need pointers. What am I expecting in the entrance exam and how can I study for it? What is expected in the interview? How long will the process take? What other tests do I need to do and how do I pass them?

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Re: Just joined wanting to apply

Postby JEagle10 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:09 am

Kharlvp wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:18 am
Hey guys, I’m new here and I only joined to read the CBSA related subjects. I’m going to applying this Feb when they start the new hiring process. I can’t wait but I’m scared. I’ve been wanting this job since I was 11, ever since I arrived to Canada. I just need pointers. What am I expecting in the entrance exam and how can I study for it? What is expected in the interview? How long will the process take? What other tests do I need to do and how do I pass them?
No reason to be scared. I’d read this link and familiarize yourself with the process - https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/job-emploi/ ... g.html#_s2

The entrance exam in my opinion was easy, but I took some practice tests before I took the real thing, just google OTEE practice exams / questions.

I can’t speak on the interview much but make sure you understand the 6 competencies listed in that link above and you’ll be fine.

Process could take anywhere from 1 year (or less) to 2-3 years all depends on the person.
CBSA
Applied - Sep 2018
OTEE - Sep 2018
Interview - Nov 2018
Pysch - Jan 2019
Pare - Jan 2019
Security papers sent - Feb 2019
Medical - March 2019
Integrity Interview / Clearance granted - Sep 2019
Online: Jan 2020
Rigaud: March 2020

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Re: Just joined wanting to apply

Postby Jumb34t » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:42 am

JEagle10 wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:09 am
Kharlvp wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:18 am
Hey guys, I’m new here and I only joined to read the CBSA related subjects. I’m going to applying this Feb when they start the new hiring process. I can’t wait but I’m scared. I’ve been wanting this job since I was 11, ever since I arrived to Canada. I just need pointers. What am I expecting in the entrance exam and how can I study for it? What is expected in the interview? How long will the process take? What other tests do I need to do and how do I pass them?
No reason to be scared. I’d read this link and familiarize yourself with the process - https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/job-emploi/ ... g.html#_s2

The entrance exam in my opinion was easy, but I took some practice tests before I took the real thing, just google OTEE practice exams / questions.

I can’t speak on the interview much but make sure you understand the 6 competencies listed in that link above and you’ll be fine.

Process could take anywhere from 1 year (or less) to 2-3 years all depends on the person.
Just wanted to add the fact that nowhere during the whole process requires you to have prior security/sbso experience or knowledge. Everything is either common sense or just something you understand through life experience. And maybe a tiny bit of math for the OTEE, lol.
CBSA Applicant - GTA
Applied: Sep/18
OTEE: Oct/18 77.5%
Interview: Apr/19
PARE: Aug/19
Psych Eval: Oct/19
Psych Interview: Nov/19
Sec Doc sent: Jan/20
CFSC & CRFSC: Mar/20
Med Eval: May/20
Sec Interview & Clearance: July/20
OITP: TBD
Rigaud: TBD

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Re: Just joined wanting to apply

Postby Kharlvp » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:21 am

Jumb34t wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:42 am
JEagle10 wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:09 am
Kharlvp wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:18 am
Hey guys, I’m new here and I only joined to read the CBSA related subjects. I’m going to applying this Feb when they start the new hiring process. I can’t wait but I’m scared. I’ve been wanting this job since I was 11, ever since I arrived to Canada. I just need pointers. What am I expecting in the entrance exam and how can I study for it? What is expected in the interview? How long will the process take? What other tests do I need to do and how do I pass them?
No reason to be scared. I’d read this link and familiarize yourself with the process - https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/job-emploi/ ... g.html#_s2

The entrance exam in my opinion was easy, but I took some practice tests before I took the real thing, just google OTEE practice exams / questions.

I can’t speak on the interview much but make sure you understand the 6 competencies listed in that link above and you’ll be fine.

Process could take anywhere from 1 year (or less) to 2-3 years all depends on the person.
Just wanted to add the fact that nowhere during the whole process requires you to have prior security/sbso experience or knowledge. Everything is either common sense or just something you understand through life experience. And maybe a tiny bit of math for the OTEE, lol.
I’m doing security right now and I studied Criminal Justice in school will that help in the Exam? Is it taken at home? Is there math questions in the entrance exam? Cause I suck at math lol


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