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Competency Requirements

Becoming a Custody Service Employee (CSE) requires a combination of education, training, and experience.

Competency Requirements

Competencies are the personal attributes, skills, and knowledge that are critical to performing successfully at a job. Competency requirements identify the essential skills necessary to perform the work. The competency development process recognizes that one may acquire competencies in many different ways.

Competencies are obtained through a combination of education, training, and experience. A university degree in the Social Sciences or a diploma in correctional studies is a strong asset. Candidates who have work experience in an environment that contributes to the development of the competency requirements will also be considered. Typically, positions require the competencies as outlined below. However, specific positions may include others as specified on individual job postings on the Careers website.

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

Successful candidates will:

  • Have knowledge of special needs, gender differences and various cultural and spiritual belief systems.
  • Have the ability to accurately read, understand and appropriately apply policy, procedures and legislation.
  • Have the ability to anticipate and use sound judgement in exercising authority when applying interventions appropriate to the situation and within legal limits.
  • Have the ability to organize, prioritize and re-prioritize program and security responsibilities to meet daily operational requirements.
  • Have the ability to gather relevant information, analyze data and situations, identify and select options to make recommendations and workable decisions within established guidelines.
  • Have the ability to physically demonstrate an appropriate level of aerobic and non-aerobic fitness including cardiovascular endurance, mobility, agility, and strength and control for the purpose of maintaining the safety and security of self and others when searching, restraining, intervening and responding to emergent situations.

Prior to being hired, candidates will be required to:

  • produce a valid Saskatchewan Class 5 driver's licence; and
  • complete a satisfactory criminal record check in accordance with the Government of Saskatchewan's Criminal Record Check Policy.

Prior to being hired, successful candidates must:

  • produce a valid certificate in Standard First Aid/Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Level C.

Physical Requirements

Candidates and new recruits to Saskatchewan Corrections must meet the basic physical requirements. The Corrections Officers Physical Abilities Test (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 discussed on the following page.

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The self-assessment questionnaire, adapted from a Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services document, allows applicants to personally assess their suitability for a position in a correctional facility setting. Completion of this questionnaire is not compulsory, nor is it required to be submitted with your application.

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