How to Apply

The process to be hired as a correctional officer is rigorous, but if chosen, you'll join the proud ranks of peace officers in public service.

Plan to Compete

Like many law enforcement agencies, BC Corrections job openings are posted frequently and several applicants are hired from each competition to form a class. Each of our nine centres independently determines the number of new hires they require and fills classes for training accordingly from the applications received. Because each centre handles their own hiring competitions, you must apply separately to each location.

Before you apply

Our thorough application process occurs over several weeks. We make every effort to contact applicants so you will know where you're at in our screening steps. By working with our recruiting officers and ensuring you have fully completed each step, your application will proceed through the competition as smoothly and expediently as possible. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified.

Employee Requirements

In order to be considered for a correctional officer position, candidates must meet the criteria below and provide all corresponding information:

  • Age requirement - must be a minimum of 19 years (copy of birth certificate is required)
  • Valid BC driver's license - B.C. license Class 5 required, Class 4 preferred
  • Driver's abstract for the last five years - your B.C. driving record lists your licensing transactions and offences over the last five-year period
  • Valid First Aid (OFA 1) certification
  • BC Corrections requires you to be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a landed immigrant in Canada at the time you apply for a position
  • Recent colour photograph(s) - passport quality and size
  • Recognized high school diploma, GED or equivalent. Learn more about international equivalency
  • Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) - police records check, including fingerprints. Please attend your local community police detachment for these documents
  • Current Criminal Records Review Act check
  • Medical Clearance form signed by physician - this form must be completed in order to take the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT)
  • Vision Standards - candidates must also meet a medical standard as set out by the Government Occupational Health Program and the BC Corrections Branch. Part of the overall medical assessment for entry level positions is the requirement to meet a vision standard and colour vision standard
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI), Composition Placement Test (CPT) or equivalent - one of the duties of the adult correctional officer is to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. It is essential that candidates have the requisite writing skills. To ensure candidates possess the minimum writing skills standards, the branch employs use of the LPI, Level 4 or the equivalent
  • Composition Placement Test (CPT) - equivalent would be considered where a candidate can provide documentation demonstrating that they have met the prerequisites from a college or university to take one of their courses where an LPI or CPT would normally be required
  • Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT) - this fitness test evaluates an applicant's ability to meet the physical demands of being a correctional officer. The timed test includes an assessment of endurance, agility, mobility and strength
  • Medical examination with Occupational Health Programs (OHP) - it is important that the candidate complete tuberculosis (TB) screening prior to their examination by OHP as it serves as a key baseline test and will assist with a timely medical clearance. Candidates are required to bring the result of their TB screening test with them to their medical examination with OHP. As very few family physicians or walk-in clinics have the necessary supplies to perform this screening test, candidates can obtain them from offices such as their local public health unit and some travel medicine clinics. For the medical examinations with OHP, paper hospital gowns are offered, but for comfort and function, candidates should bring shorts and a T-shirt

Once you submit the above documentation and complete the necessary assessments (scheduled with the recruiting officer), you may be asked to proceed further through the selection process, which will include: a CORNET history search (correctional history of applicant); a background reference check; a medical; computer voice stress analysis; and a panel interview. See the job description for a complete overview of the duties, responsibilities and competencies identified for adult correctional officers. 

Qualities We Look For

  • High degree of personal integrity and maturity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Sound judgment and common sense
  • Ability to function well in a team environment
  • Ability to learn

Additional assets on your application

  • Work experience involving a position of responsibility and trust
  • Activities or duties that involve significant interaction with the public
  • Volunteer experience in the community
  • Knowledge of a second language or culture
  • Military Service and past job experience in the criminal justice field
  • Applied knowledge of computers and basic keyboard skills
  • Post-secondary education or other relevant training

Correctional Officer Application Process

From an active correctional officer job posting, use the "submit your resume" button at the bottom of the page to enter your information and resume. You will be contacted as to the status of your application. For those candidates moving on in the recruiting process, the following activities will be scheduled with your recruiting officer:

  • Complete the Security Screening Questionnaire (PDF, 461KB)
  • Experience a job familiarization day  to acquaint yourself with the correctional work environment and the basic functions of a corrections officer
  • Complete a Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT video and description [PDF, 56KB])
  • Attend an interview. Learn about competencies and prepare
  • Complete a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) test
  • Have a background check, including reference and credit checks and criminal record search
  • Complete a medical check with Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)

If successful, you will be offered a position as a security officer (training rank) and begin your 30 days of paid training with a full benefit package. For more information on the recruitment process and what to expect during this time, please read our recruitment process document (PDF, 153KB).