Applying to Correctional Service Canada

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby patmag25 » Wed May 26, 2021 7:48 pm

@TheWei

Thank you! Appreciate that :)

I see you have done your Interview and references, that's a really good sign, you're not far behind!
SJT: Sept 19, 2019

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby TheWei » Wed May 26, 2021 10:04 pm

patmag25 wrote:
Wed May 26, 2021 7:48 pm
@TheWei

Thank you! Appreciate that :)

I see you have done your Interview and references, that's a really good sign, you're not far behind!
Thanks man! Fingers crossed🤓
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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby BCApplicant88 » Fri May 28, 2021 11:39 am

Is anyone else also being asked to redo Stage 1 of the Correctional Training Program? This is incredibly frustrating, I understand there’s a global pandemic, but why are the applicants have to face the consequences of the failures of the organization to adapt to the circumstances?

I am personally having second thoughts working for an organization like this.

I’m currently in both CBSA and Abby police recruitment process, and they have been both incredibly more forthcoming about the changes and delays during the pandemic than CSC.

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby patmag25 » Fri May 28, 2021 11:42 am

Just curious what you are referring to when you say they are asking you to redo Stage 1. Did you pass the final exam?
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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby BCApplicant88 » Fri May 28, 2021 11:57 am

patmag25 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 11:42 am
Just curious what you are referring to when you say they are asking you to redo Stage 1. Did you pass the final exam?
Yeah. I pass it the first time I did it. The results of the last CTP 1 I did was more than a year so they’re asking me to redo it again.

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby BCApplicant88 » Fri May 28, 2021 12:00 pm

BCApplicant88 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 11:57 am
patmag25 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 11:42 am
Just curious what you are referring to when you say they are asking you to redo Stage 1. Did you pass the final exam?
Yeah. I pass it the first time I did it. The results of the last CTP 1 I did was more than a year so they’re asking me to redo it again.
Actually they’re not even asking directly to redo it. They just sent me a CTP 1 invite again, and gave me deadlines to finish it. So they’re indirectly asking me to redo it.

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby lolaabunn17 » Fri May 28, 2021 12:46 pm

Hey guys! My friend applied for CX-1 on May 19th, 2021 and just received a first email today stating that she will no longer be considered in the process because she failed to meet the deadline of the questionnaire (May, 20th, 2021). However, she didn't receive any emails prior to the one that she received today. She has been checking her emails everyday, a long with the junk folder. No email regarding a questionnaire was never sent to her. She has emailed them back advising them of this but just wanted to put this out there to see if anyone has had any similar experiences? Thanks!

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby patmag25 » Fri May 28, 2021 1:05 pm

BCApplicant88 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 12:00 pm
BCApplicant88 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 11:57 am
patmag25 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 11:42 am
Just curious what you are referring to when you say they are asking you to redo Stage 1. Did you pass the final exam?
Yeah. I pass it the first time I did it. The results of the last CTP 1 I did was more than a year so they’re asking me to redo it again.
Actually they’re not even asking directly to redo it. They just sent me a CTP 1 invite again, and gave me deadlines to finish it. So they’re indirectly asking me to redo it.

OH okay, that's really unfortunate, sorry to hear you're having problems with the process
:( hopefully they reach out and take the pandemic and all it's issues into account.
SJT: Sept 19, 2019

Interview: Feb 24, 2021

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Medical: Mar 12, 2021

CTP Stage 1: April 12, 2021

Psych Exam: April 20, 2021

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby ygu31 » Fri May 28, 2021 3:09 pm

patmag25 wrote:
Wed May 26, 2021 7:18 pm
Hey guys and gals!

Well today was the day of DAYS! I received my offer of employment for CSC-CX1 position for Kent Institution! Off to the Academy for June 21st in Abbotsford, B.C!

Wrote my SJT on September 19th, 2019, and received the offer on May 26th, 2021. What a long but incredibly worth it process! I wish you all luck for those in varying stages, just knuckle down, keep your records clean and play the waiting game!

So EXCITED to join the thin silver line!!!!!
Congrats and welcome on board :thumbsup:

Kent Institution is a good place if you want OT and big paycheck. OT is available in Kent almost every day. Many Kent officers make over 100k with their year 1 starting pay rate. P.S: if you are an OT guy, you will soon become CM's favorite CX :-)

Kent is also an ideal place to gain valuable experiences. Although I never worked there, majority of my CX colleagues are transferred from Kent Institution and stated that serving 1 year in Kent could gain more than 20 years experience in some other institutions. I am not sure if that statement was exaggerated, but CX experience in Kent will apparently be a big asset for future career development.

Enjoy your CTP2/3 :thumbsup:
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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby Truman » Mon May 31, 2021 5:05 pm

Hey everyone! Been in the process since October 2020. I have now completed everything and have passed everything. Was told that I might be nominated for a spot in training that is being held in August and September so here’s to hoping I get on! It’s been quite a process, and really disorganized on their part unfortunately in regards to me sending in documentation and getting confirmation they received it but then later getting asked if I sent it in and that I am missing documents that I sent in and already had confirmation they received. I ended up sending in some documents 3 times. It gave me some encouragement reading some of these other stories on here as I had no idea what it has been like for other people. I wish everyone best of luck.

Does anyone know if the shifts at institutions are 12hr shifts? Or is it 8 hour shifts? I have heard different things from different sources but would really like to know.

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby Bman86 » Tue Jun 01, 2021 11:15 am

Truman wrote:
Mon May 31, 2021 5:05 pm
Hey everyone! Been in the process since October 2020. I have now completed everything and have passed everything. Was told that I might be nominated for a spot in training that is being held in August and September so here’s to hoping I get on! It’s been quite a process, and really disorganized on their part unfortunately in regards to me sending in documentation and getting confirmation they received it but then later getting asked if I sent it in and that I am missing documents that I sent in and already had confirmation they received. I ended up sending in some documents 3 times. It gave me some encouragement reading some of these other stories on here as I had no idea what it has been like for other people. I wish everyone best of luck.

Does anyone know if the shifts at institutions are 12hr shifts? Or is it 8 hour shifts? I have heard different things from different sources but would really like to know.

I hear ya. I've had to re-submit a few documents as they say the didnt recieve it. All good. Can only imagine the amount of paperwork on thier end. I do have to resubmit my tbs as I messed a residence history date. So, that one is on me! Just hope they're able to pick it back up and not go back to the bottom of the pile.

As for shifts, I believe they run a couple of 8hrs then a 16hr then 12 hr( I am most likely to be wrong) . Honestly it sounded like its all over the shop from an officer i was talking to a few months back. Im sure there is rhyme to thier reason. But I dont believe its a blanked 12hr day.
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SJT : 8 FEB 2021
PHONE INTERVIEW : 09 MAR 2021
TBS 330-23 : 30 MAR 2021
FINGER PRINT REQUEST- 12 APRIL 2021
CTP1 INVITE - 15 JUNE 2021
CTP1 COMPLETED - 28 JUNE 2021
MEDICAL - 3 AUG 2021
PSYCH EVAL - 13 AUG 2021

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby Z42A » Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:20 pm

There is no one answer to the question about shifts. Every institution has a variety of options for scheduling. Here are a small few (but not all) examples:

1) 9-16-9 staff work 3 day rotations, of 9hrs, 16 hrs, and 9 hrs. Sometimes, there is a "short change" between the days, where you only get 8 hours off and have to be back at work.

2) 7-3-7-4 8 hr days, 3 different options for shifts...days, evenings, nights (0700-1500, 1500-2300, 2300-0700). Your 3 days off always fall on tues-thurs, your 4 days off fall on weekends fri-mon. You only get one weekend off every 3 weeks, but it's 4 days long.

3) 12.5 0645-1915 hrs, or 1845-0715 hrs... work between 2-4 days on, at least 2 days off between rotations...every 5 weeks get scheduled for 7 days off in a row.

4) Mon-Fri 8 hr shifts, 0800-1600 hrs Monday to Friday. No shift differential, no weekends, nights or stat holidays. Usually for posts like training or A&D, other more administrative oriented posts.

These are just a small sampling of the options for shifts. As I said, every institution runs differently, and have found ways to staff their posts. Almost all CX positions will require shift work (working long hours, weekends, nights, holidays, etc).
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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby Z42A » Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:28 pm

BCApplicant88 wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 11:39 am
Is anyone else also being asked to redo Stage 1 of the Correctional Training Program? This is incredibly frustrating, I understand there’s a global pandemic, but why are the applicants have to face the consequences of the failures of the organization to adapt to the circumstances?

I am personally having second thoughts working for an organization like this.

I’m currently in both CBSA and Abby police recruitment process, and they have been both incredibly more forthcoming about the changes and delays during the pandemic than CSC.
I have started to reply to this post several times, and deleted my response each time.
Allow me to be clear here... the following statement in no way reflects the opinion of the CSC and is my own personal opinion...

If you already have second thoughts about working for CSC, do everyone a favour and pull your application. You're already setting yourself up to be a negative influence on those around you, and there is more than enough of that. We don't need some rookie officer coming in with this attitude. Good luck with your CBSA and Abbotsford applications. I hope the grass is as green as you seem to think it is. Now get out of the way and let someone who wants to work with us through.
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CSC National Satellite Training Academy
Correctional Service of Canada | Government of Canada
matthew.chinn@csc-scc.gc.ca

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby Truman » Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:49 pm

Z42A wrote:
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:20 pm
There is no one answer to the question about shifts. Every institution has a variety of options for scheduling. Here are a small few (but not all) examples:

1) 9-16-9 staff work 3 day rotations, of 9hrs, 16 hrs, and 9 hrs. Sometimes, there is a "short change" between the days, where you only get 8 hours off and have to be back at work.

2) 7-3-7-4 8 hr days, 3 different options for shifts...days, evenings, nights (0700-1500, 1500-2300, 2300-0700). Your 3 days off always fall on tues-thurs, your 4 days off fall on weekends fri-mon. You only get one weekend off every 3 weeks, but it's 4 days long.

3) 12.5 0645-1915 hrs, or 1845-0715 hrs... work between 2-4 days on, at least 2 days off between rotations...every 5 weeks get scheduled for 7 days off in a row.

4) Mon-Fri 8 hr shifts, 0800-1600 hrs Monday to Friday. No shift differential, no weekends, nights or stat holidays. Usually for posts like training or A&D, other more administrative oriented posts.

These are just a small sampling of the options for shifts. As I said, every institution runs differently, and have found ways to staff their posts. Almost all CX positions will require shift work (working long hours, weekends, nights, holidays, etc).


Thanks so much for the reply! I appreciate it! I cannot wait to hopefully join the team! Hope you are doing well!

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Re: Applying to Correctional Service Canada

Postby ygu31 » Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:47 pm

Truman wrote:
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:49 pm
Z42A wrote:
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:20 pm
There is no one answer to the question about shifts. Every institution has a variety of options for scheduling. Here are a small few (but not all) examples:

1) 9-16-9 staff work 3 day rotations, of 9hrs, 16 hrs, and 9 hrs. Sometimes, there is a "short change" between the days, where you only get 8 hours off and have to be back at work.

2) 7-3-7-4 8 hr days, 3 different options for shifts...days, evenings, nights (0700-1500, 1500-2300, 2300-0700). Your 3 days off always fall on tues-thurs, your 4 days off fall on weekends fri-mon. You only get one weekend off every 3 weeks, but it's 4 days long.

3) 12.5 0645-1915 hrs, or 1845-0715 hrs... work between 2-4 days on, at least 2 days off between rotations...every 5 weeks get scheduled for 7 days off in a row.

4) Mon-Fri 8 hr shifts, 0800-1600 hrs Monday to Friday. No shift differential, no weekends, nights or stat holidays. Usually for posts like training or A&D, other more administrative oriented posts.

These are just a small sampling of the options for shifts. As I said, every institution runs differently, and have found ways to staff their posts. Almost all CX positions will require shift work (working long hours, weekends, nights, holidays, etc).


Thanks so much for the reply! I appreciate it! I cannot wait to hopefully join the team! Hope you are doing well!
Moreover, you will see other two CSC shift patterns in some institutions which you don't normally see in other law enforcement jurisdictions:

5) 6/5 - 6/4: 21 days for the whole board: work 6 days, have 5 days off, then work another 6 days followed by 4 days off. Each 6 working days consist five 8.5 hr (roughly) shift and one 16 hrs shift. (I am in this line and I like it, because I prefer to work during daytime, day shift is busier so time flies by quickly). Majority of CX2s and a few CX1s in my institution work along with this shifts rotation.

6) 12.75 hrs shift: work 4 days, then have 5 days off. 2 day shifts (0645 ~ 1930), 2 night shifts (1815 ~ 0700) then followed by 5 days off. There are total 1.5 hrs overlap (1.25 & 0,25) between day and night shift in each day. Most CX1 in my institution are in this line and they really like it: what other job will give us more days off than working days? CXs in this line will do one 9 hours pay back shift per year to reach an average 40 working hours per weeks.

All of the above shifts patterns give you an average of 40 working hrs per week roughly (40 hrs, 39.666666 hrs or 39.33333 hrs per week)

I am sure there will be other shift pattern you will see when you actually step into the field.
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