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BPA Qualification Aid

Please review the qualification requirements below and provide the necessary information on your resume/application (use our Resume Aid!).

Please note: Your grade level will be based on the information in your resume and any supporting documents submitted.

Which grade level should I apply to? – Click on the qualification requirements for each grade level below!

GL-5 GL-7 GL-9

Border Patrol Agent Qualifications for the GL-5:

There are three (3) ways to qualify for the Border Patrol Agent position at the GL-5 grade level: experience, education or a combination of experience and education.

1. Experience for the BPA GL-5

At least one year of full-time general work experience that demonstrates the ability to:

  • take charge, make sound decisions and maintain composure in stressful situations;
  • learn law enforcement regulations, methods and techniques through classroom training and/or on-the-job instruction;
  • and gather factual information through questioning, observation, and examination of documents and records.

Note: Qualifications based on work experience will be determined by what is listed on your resume.

 

 

2. Or Education for BPA GL-5

A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university. You may apply within 9 months of receiving an accredited or pre-accredited college or university.

Note: Transcripts must be provided in your application to verify you meet the education requirement.

 

3. Or Combination of Experience and Education for BPA GL-5

A combination of undergraduate level education and general experience (to determine if you meet the combination of experience and education requirement, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12 and divide the number of undergraduate semester hours by 120 or undergraduate quarter hours by 180 and then add the two percentages together - they must equate to at least 100%).

Note: Please ensure that you have provided detailed information regarding both experience and education ON YOUR RESUME. Transcripts must be provided in your application to verify you meet the education requirement.

 

Border Patrol Agent Qualifications for the GL-7:

There are four (4) ways to qualify for the CBP Border Patrol Agent position at the GL-7 grade level: Specialized Experience, Graduate education, combination of specialized experience and graduate education, or superior academic achievement (SAA)

1. Specialized Experience for BPA GL-7

One year of specialized work experience that demonstrates the ability to:

  • make arrests and exercise sound judgment in the use of firearms;
  • deal effectively with individuals or groups of persons in a courteous and tactful manner in connection with law enforcement matters;
  • analyze information rapidly and make prompt and appropriate law enforcement action in light of applicable laws, court decision and law enforcement matters;
  • and develop and maintain contact with a network of informants.

 

Note: Specialized experience must be one (1) year of LAW ENFORCEMENT experience or other responsible work experience in a law enforcement related field that shows your ability to perform these functions.

 

2. Or Graduate Education for BPA GL-7

One (1) year of graduate level education completed in a field of study related to law enforcement (or expect to complete within nine (9) months from the closing date of the announcement) (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, forensic psychology, corrections and rehabilitation).

Note: One (1) year of graduate education is the number of credit hours determined by your school to represent one (1) year of graduate level course work. If that information is not available, 18 semester hours, or 27 quarter hours is considered equivalent to one (1) year of graduate level education.

 

3. Or Combination of Experience and Education for BPA GL-7

A combination of graduate level education completed in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminal justice, homeland security, criminology, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensics technology, forensic psychology, or corrections and rehabilitation studies) from an accredited college or university AND specialized work experience (to determine if you meet the combination of specialized experience and education requirement, you must divide the month of qualifying specialized experience by 12 and also divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18 or the number of graduate quarter hours by 27 and the two percentages must total at least 100%).

 

4. Or Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) for BPA GL-7

The Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) provision is used to determine eligibility for GL-7 for applicants who have completed (or expect to complete within nine (9) months from the closing date of the announcement) all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. The SAA recognizes students who have achieved superior academic standing as evidenced by class standing, grade-point average, or honor society membership.

For additional information on how to qualify using Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp

 

Border Patrol Agent Qualifications for the GL-9:

There is one (1) way to qualify for the CBP Border Patrol Agent position at the GL-9 grade level: specialized experience that meets the eight (8) elements listed below.

1. Specialized Experience for BPA GL-9

One year of specialized work experience in law enforcement that demonstrates the ability to make arrests which includes the detainment of a person(s), handcuffing, restraining, arresting or containment of person(s).

AND/OR

Have one year of specialized work experience that demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain contact with a network of informants, social and political organizations, state and local enforcement agencies, and private citizens, to ensure continuity of enforcement work and to carry out enforcement responsibilities.

Experience should also demonstrate the ability to perform or conduct several of the following:

  • criminal investigation involving violation of state, local or federal laws;
  • seizure of illegal contraband (drugs);
  • law enforcement database checks for citizenship, warrants, etc.;
  • obtain or execute search warrants relevant to criminal cases or activity;
  • testify in court to present evidence or act as a witness in administrative and/or criminal cases;
  • administer oaths and/or receive sworn statements or facts from witnesses or other parties;
  • exercise sound judgment in interpreting and applying matters relating to national security;
  • deal effectively with individuals or groups of persons in a courteous, tactful manner in connection with law enforcement matters;
  • and/or analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions or take prompt and appropriate law enforcement action in light of applicable laws, court decisions, and sound law enforcement procedures.

Note: Specialized experience must be one year of LAW ENFORCEMENT experience or other responsible work experience in a law enforcement related field that shows your ability to perform the these functions.

 
Last modified: 
January 18, 2018
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