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Application and Selection Process

You must be legally entitled to work in Canada at the time you apply for a position. When applying for a Custody Service Employee (CSE) position, all mandatory documents must be included. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Read the entire job advertisement to determine what information to include.

Stage 1: Application

The following locations are where CSE job advertisements that are available to the public will be posted:

Your application package must include:

  • A cover letter
  • Your resumé
  • A valid First Aid CPR AED (with at least one year remaining before expiry)
  • A valid Class 5 Driver's Licence (or equivalent that allows you to transport offenders)

Note: These documents must reflect that you possess the competencies required, as well as how you gained/developed the competencies. Candidates failing to do so will be screened out of the process.

Stage 2: Screening

Your application package will be reviewed to determine if you possess the competencies sought, including first aid/CPR/AED certification and a valid Class 5 driver's licence. If screened in, you will proceed to stage three. If not, your application will not be considered further; you will not be contacted.

Stage 3: Evaluations and Assessments

Aptitude Testing

Candidates screened in for front line positions in correctional facilities will be required to complete an aptitude test. This test measures a candidate's reading comprehension, counting accuracy, and inductive and deductive reasoning ability. It requires approximately two hours to complete.

The Corrections Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT)

Candidates must meet Saskatchewan Corrections basic physical requirements. The COPAT is a timed physical abilities test that is comprised of activities designed to reflect the physical challenges faced in a corrections environment. More information on the COPAT, and how to arrange for testing, is outlined on the COPAT page.


You will be invited to attend a competency-based interview to further discuss your qualifications and experience. Candidates who are unsuccessful in this stage will be discontinued from the process.

Names and Contact Information for References

You are required to bring three references from your most recent supervisors and those who can validate the competency stories you tell in your interview. Please ensure you provide current and accurate contact information for each reference. Global references may be contacted.

Criminal Record Check (CRC) & Fingerprinting

You will need a completed CRC before receiving a conditional letter of offer. The fingerprints process takes some time, so please provide proof they have been taken (through proof of payment, for example) when you submit your CRC.

Candidates must be successful in all components of stage three.

Stage 4: Potential Candidate Pool

Successful candidates will be placed in a pool for the facility (or facilities) they expressed interest in. As opportunities become available, candidates will be drawn from the pool.

Stage 5: Conditional Offer of Employment

You will receive a conditional offer of employment and be placed on a list to attend the next scheduled Induction Training Program (ITP).

The offer will be conditional upon you:

  • having the required enhanced security clearance; and
  • successful completion of the ITP.

Note: Candidates will remain in the pool for a maximum of six months. If not offered employment in that period, they will be required to start the process over.

Additional Information

Candidates Previously Employed in a Saskatchewan Correctional Facility

The process for re-hiring individuals who were previously employed in a provincial facility varies depending upon the length of time that has lapsed since they left their position. Generally speaking, any absences of greater than two years will require the completion of the entire recruitment and training process. The requirements for absences less than two years will be determined by a formal "gap analysis" to determine appropriate requirements.

Candidates Currently Employed with Corrections in Another Jurisdiction

Candidates currently employed in a correctional facility in another province or country cannot transfer to a position in Saskatchewan. They must apply through the process outlined above and will be required to satisfy all associated requirements.

Applying Simultaneously for Positions in Different Facilities

Candidates are permitted to apply simultaneously for positions in different facilities. One interview may suffice to make you eligible to work in any facility. However, depending on the situation, each facility may require a separate interview.