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CBPO Qualifications 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!

GS-5 GS-7 GS-9

CBP Officer Qualifications for the GS-5:

There are three (3) ways to qualify for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer position at the GS-5 grade level: experience, education and/or combination of experience and education.

1. Experience for the CBPO GS-5

Three years of general work experience that demonstrates the ability to:

  • Meet and deal with people and
  • The ability to learn and apply a body of facts

 

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

 

2. Or Education for CBPO GS-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 CBPO GS-5

A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and general work 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.

 

CBP Officer Qualifications for the GS-7:

There are four (4) ways to qualify for the CBP Officer position at the GS-7 grade level: specialized Experience, graduate education, combination of specialized experience, or superior academic achievement (SAA).

1. Specialized Experience for CBPO GS-7

One year of specialized work experience that entails performance of substantive duties in

 

  • inspections work at borders, seaports, airports or other ports of entry and/or work involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status
    • Experience must demonstrate the ability to apply specialized knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States and/or law enforcement work at the local, state or federal levels that included dealing with persons suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.
  • OR compliance/regulatory work
    • Experience must have demonstrated the ability to collect, develop, and evaluate facts, evidence, and pertinent data in assessing compliance with, or in violation(s) of laws, rules, or regulations.

 

 

2. Or Graduate Education for CBPO GS-7

One full year of graduate level education 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, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university.

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 Graduate Education for CBPO GS-7

A combination of graduate level education completed in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-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 CBPO GS-7

The Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) provision is used to determine eligibility for GS-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

 

CBP Officer Qualifications for the GS-9:

There are three (3) ways to qualify for the CBP Officer position at the GS-9 grade level: specialized experience, graduate education, or combination of specialized experience.

1. Specialized Experience for CBPO GS-9

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

  • Make rapid, accurate judgments and decisions with respect to the application of the regulations, instructions, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States, or
  • Enforcement and administration of laws relating to the right of persons to enter, reside in, or depart from the United States

 

 

2. Or Graduate Education for CBPO GS-9

Two full years of graduate level education in a field of study related to law enforcement (or expect to complete within 9 months from the closing date of the announcement) (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university.

 

3. Or Combination of Specialized Experience and Graduate Education for GS-9

A combination of graduate level education completed in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university AND specialized work experience. This will be calculated using your resume and official or unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.

 

If basing qualifications on a pending bachelor's degree or graduate's degree, the degree must be attained within 9-months after the closing date of the announcement.

Last modified: 
March 29, 2017
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