There’s a five-step process to becoming a correctional peace officer (CPO) recruit.
1 Resume review
Once you’ve submitted your resume and requested documents through the Government of Alberta Jobs website, we will review your education and work experience.
2 COPAT test and medical clearance
- we contact you by email to complete this step of the recruiting process – to evaluate your level of physical fitness and ensure you’re able to perform CPO duties
- a Medical Consent form – that’s fully filled-in and signed by a physician – is required before you’re permitted to participate in the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT)
- if you live outside Alberta, we accept the successful completion of the COPAT or PARE test from the province you currently live in
- you’re responsible for successfully completing the COPAT or PARE test on your own
Medical Consent and COPAT form - 753 KB
COPAT Consent and Test Record Form - 1.05 KB
For the interview, you’re required to bring:
- originals of all the requested additional documents you submitted at the application step
- 3 references from work-related supervisors or managers – 1 from your current / most recent employer and 2 from your next most recent employers
Use academic references instead of work-related ones if:
- you don’t have any work experience, or
- your work experience is very limited
The interview panel is made up of a human resources consultant and a senior CPO.
Note: In-person interviews are required; however, exceptions may be made for applicants who live outside Alberta.
4 References and academic verification
We check your references and, if applicable, verify your academic credentials.
5 Offer of employment
- after you’ve successfully completed all the previous steps, we will contact you with the results
- before we make a final decision about your application, we may invite you to attend a short pre-employment orientation