Federal correctional service adds psychological tests to hiring criteria

Pre-employment assessments expected to improve retention
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013

After a two-year pilot project, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has made psychological assessments an official part of its hiring process.

Since the program launched in December 2011, clinical assessments have been conducted on applicants for correctional officer and primary worker positions. Assessments are performed by the Public Service Commission’s Personnel Psychology Centre.

Correctional officers maintain the safety and security of men’s federal penitentiaries while primary workers are responsible for female offenders’ institutions. Psychological testing for both correctional officers and primary workers is currently operating on a national basis.