How to Apply for Canadian Border Guard Positions


Canadian Border Services Officers work for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), patrolling Canadian land and marine points of entry. According to the CBSA, in order to become a Border Services Officer and manage the flow of people and goods into and out of Canada, you must meet specific conditions of employment, obtain a required security clearance level, obtain a valid Canadian firearms safety certification, obtain standard first aid certification and pass a psychological test.

Apply Online

  • Submit an online application on the Public Service Commission of Canada's website.

  • Ensure you meet the citizenship, education, experience and security level requirements as indicated on the job application. Briefly, these requirements include:

    • being 18 years of age or older
    • proficiency in English and/or French
    • Canadian citizens will be given preference
    • possess a valid driver's license to operate government vehicles
    • wear a uniform and other job-related equipment that may include weapons
    • have completed the Canadian firearms and restricted firearms safety courses
    • possess a Possession and Acquisition License
    • complete medical examinations and maintain a minimum physical standard
  • Take the Border Services Officer Test version 1C in either English or French and obtain a passing mark of 585 points. You must wait six months before being eligible for a retest.

  • Attend and pass an interview.

  • Ensure you meet the conditions of employment outlined in the job application. These conditions may include Standard First Aid Certification, completion of the Canadian firearms safety course, hold a possession and acquisition license for firearms, certification in control and defensive tactics, and a medical examination.

  • Wait until you are selected from a pool of eligible candidates and assigned a Border Services Officer position.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read the job application requirements carefully and fully understand what is required before applying.
  • Set a timetable for obtaining the different types of required certifications. Some may take several weeks to obtain.
  • Review the Border Services Officer Test Information Booklet found on the CBSA website.
  • Many Border Services Officer positions involve work in potentially dangerous and unpredictable environments. Ensure you understand the job responsibilities fully before beginning the application process.


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