Hiring process - Correctional officer - Application process

1. Apply Online

Correctional Officer job opportunities are posted on Canada.ca.

To help you with the application process, the Canada.ca web site provides a practical guide for applicants on their Web site entitled: How to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to consult the CSC-specific "How to Apply Guide".

2. Electronic Screening

Applications are screened on Citizenship, Education and Experience.  Only applicants who are Canadian citizens and who meet the essential Education and Experience components may be selected for further assessment.

3. Written Tests

Candidates who have been selected for further assessment and who have completed and returned the pre-employment questionnaire will be invited to undergo two written tests which will assess:

  1. Judgement (personal suitability criteria)
  2. Ability to communicate effectively in writing

You must bring at least two (2) pieces of valid government-issued photo identification to the testing session.  If you fail to bring the required documents, you will not be permitted to write the tests.

4. Interview and Reference Check

Candidates who are successful on the written tests will be invited to an interview which will assess:

  • Abilities
  • Personal suitability

CSC will validate:

  • Asset education and work experience
  • References

Candidates must bring:

  • Two pieces of photo identification
  • Contact information for two work-related references
  • Proof of education and/or equivalency
  • Valid and unrestricted driver's license
  • Proof of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) level C, automated external defibrillator (AED) and First Aid

At the time of the interview candidates must complete:

  • Personnel screening consent and authorization form
  • Medical form
  • Fingerprinting

5. Psychological Assessment

Pre-employment psychological assessments have been shown to be reliable and valid predictors of personal suitability and job performance.

The objective of the psychological assessment is to evaluate specific personality characteristics which will ensure a candidate's suitability for a Correctional Officer position. Candidates will be required to complete a questionnaire to be followed by a structured clinical interview.

This assessment follows the standards of both the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association.  It has been validated on both genders, as well as on various cultural and linguistic groups in the Canadian and American populations. For the purposes of Correctional Officer positions, the norm comparison group is a Canadian law enforcement population. The psychological assessments are conducted by licensed Clinical Psychologists.

6. Partially Qualified Pool

Those who are successful will be placed in a partially qualified pool of candidates who are eligible to participate in the Correctional Training Program.