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

Not sure what grade level you qualify for? Click on the Border Patrol Agent Qualification Aid!

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Border Patrol Agent Resume Aid Documenting Your 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: Qualifying Experience, Graduate education, combination of qualifying experience and graduate education, or superior academic achievement (SAA)

Please review the qualification requirements below and provide the necessary information. Your grade level will be based on the information in your resume and any supporting documents submitted. The Notice of Results (NOR) will reflect your qualifying grade level and examination results.

1. Documenting Qualifying Experience for BPA GL-7

You must clearly demonstrate that you have one (1) year of full-time (35 + hours per week) work experience, comparable in level of difficulty and responsibility to grade GL-5 in the federal service; part-time work will be prorated. Qualifying experience must be one (1) year of responsible work experience in a related field that shows your ability to perform the functions below. On your resume, provide detailed examples of your work experience that address the requirements listed below. You must respond to each part with specific examples of what you have actually done. DO NOT USE JOB DESCRIPTIONS OR TRAINING. Make sure to include all of your work experience on your resume, even if you don’t feel it addresses the requirements below. Be sure to include hours per week for all positions.

One year of qualifying work experience that:

  • shows you have the skills necessary to make sound judgment and decisions;
  • deal effectively with people in a courteous and tactful manner;
  • analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions
  • apply these skills in a law enforcement capacity such as training others, managing finances, code enforcement, doing compliance work, corrections, security, military, emergency responders, etc.

Examples of experience that might be qualifying might include Supervisory/Managerial experience in training others, doing compliance work, personnel actions, managing finances, and/or project management; experience in conducting investigations or interviews such as working with informants, collaborating with other agencies, conducting an OSHA investigation, and/or code enforcement; as well as experience in compliance, corrections, security, military, emergency responders, etc. Be sure to provide detailed explanations of experience.

Sample resume format for EACH job provided:
Place of Employment
Job Title:
From (mm/dd/yy): To (mm/dd/yy):
Hours per week: Salary:
Duties: Provide specific examples of your duties, accomplishments and/or related skills that address the three (3) elements listed above.

2. Or Documenting Graduate Education for BPA GL-7

You must have completed one (1) year of graduate level education beyond a bachelor’s degree (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). 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.

Sample resume format for EACH school attended:
College Name(s) # of Semester Hours Completed # of Quarter Hours Completed Degree Earned Month/Year Awarded

NOTE: Education obtained from a foreign university is not creditable unless evaluated by a private credential evaluation service as recognized by the Department of Education; such as a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services http://www.naces.org/. Education must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

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

If you do not qualify based on education or experience, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of qualifying months by 12. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18; or graduate quarter hours by 27. Add your percentages; the total must be at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of experience and education. Example: Nine (9) months of specialized experience (nine (9) months divided by 12 months = .75 or nine (9) months experience) Nine (9) semester hours of graduate education (nine (9) semester hours divided by 18 = .50 graduate education) Combine .75 + .50 = 1.25 or 125%

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

The 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 one of the three methods below:

  • GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA): 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on your official transcript based on four (4) years of education, or based on courses completed during the final two (2) years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field; or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two (2) years of the curriculum.
  • CLASS STANDING: The upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration. Class standing must be documented on your official transcript or in a letter from the registrar’s office verifying your class standing. The registrar or a designated representative must sign the letter.
  • MEMBERSHIP IN A NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC HONOR SOCIETY: To verify eligibility go to: http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp

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

If using education to qualify, documentation must be submitted in English. You must provide copies of transcripts for any undergraduate colleges attended and any qualifying graduate coursework completed prior to the close of the announcement. Official transcripts will be requested from you if/when they are required.


Border Patrol Agent Resume Aid Documenting Your 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 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS listed below.

1. Documenting Specialized Experience for BPA GL-9

You must clearly demonstrate that you have one (1) year of full-time (35 + hours per week) specialized work experience, comparable in level of difficulty and responsibility to grade GL-7 in the federal service; part-time work will be prorated. 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 functions below. On your resume, provide detailed examples of your work experience that address the qualifying requirements listed below. You must respond to each part of the requirements with specific examples of what you have actually done. DO NOT USE JOB DESCRIPTIONS OR TRAINING. Make sure to include all of your work experience on your resume, even if you don’t feel it addresses the requirements below.

Experience: One year of specialized work experience that shows you have the ability to enforce local, state, and/or federal laws and regulations in a law enforcement capacity and otherwise have the authority or ability to do the following: plan and conduct investigations, plan and make arrests, serve court orders (warrants), use firearms, and/or deal with people in a persuasive, tactful, and resourceful manner.

YOU MUST PROVIDE A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE FOR THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE IN ORDER TO QUALIFY AT THE GL-9 LEVEL ON EXPERIENCE. ATTACH ADDITIONAL SHEET(S) OF PAPER IF MORE ROOM IS NEEDED.

Sample resume format for EACH job provided:
Place of Employment
Job Title:
From (mm/dd/yy): To (mm/dd/yy):
Hours per week: Salary:
Duties: Provide specific examples of your duties, accomplishments and/or related skills that address the three (3) elements listed above.

If you cannot fit a detailed description of your work experience into your resume, you may answer each element on an additional sheet of paper and attach to your resume.

Last modified: 
January 22, 2020