This certificate program is a course of study designed to meet the needs of those wishing to pursue a career in customs and/or immigration. Students are advised that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) normally requires the completion of a postsecondary diploma or degree for most positions. The certificate will focus on the enforcement aspects of customs and immigration. It is currently offered on a part-time basis and in a flexible format to suit busy schedules.
The Humber College Border and Immigration Services Certificate program has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge needed to start my career as a Border Services Officer (BSO). This program provided an in-depth view of the daily activities, challenges and responsibilities of a BSO, as well as the many different career paths available in the CBSA and associated organizations. Now that I have completed this program I feel I have gained insight into a career that will be both challenging and rewarding coupled with the knowledge and confidence I acquired throughout the program I look forward to the start of a new and exciting career as a BSO.
Heather Platt - Border and Immigration Services Certificate
Information on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
A federal law enforcement agency that is responsible for border enforcement, immigration enforcement and customs services. The agency was created on December 12, 2003. The CBSA oversees approximately 1,200 service locations across Canada and 39 in other countries. It employs more than 12,000 public servants and offers around-the-clock service at 119 land-border crossings and thirteen international airports.
Career Opportunities at the CBSA
Because the CBSA has such a diverse mandate, it offers many different career paths. CBSA officers may pursue career opportunities in specialty areas such as the following:
- client services
- compliance verification
- detector dog services
- international operations
- program services
CBSA liaison officers engage around the world with international partners on important border-related issues such as national security and irregular migration.
Source: Canada Border Services Agency website, June 2013
For more information, visit cbsa.gc.ca.
Note: Immigration officers are not part of the CBSA. Immigration officers are members of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for issues dealing with immigration and citizenship. The Canada Border Services Agency manages enforcement and entry control at borders and airports.
When registering for courses in the Boarder and Immigration Services Certificate, online courses are available and are listed as section 009. In class evening classes are listed as section 007.
|Course Name||Course Code||Offered|
|Border and Immigration Services: An Issues Approach||CBIS 104||Fall|
|Border Services Investigations||CBIS 102||Fall Summer|
|Immigration Enforcement||CBIS 103||Fall|
|Introduction to Canadian Border Services||CBIS 100||Fall Summer|
|Introduction to Immigration||CBIS 101||Fall Winter Summer|