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Customs Border Services

Loyalist College
Program overview
4 semesters
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

January 2024

September 2024

January 2025

About this program

Customs Border Services

Customs compliance and border security have emerged as areas of national focus in public safety and global trade. Train for a career in this dynamic segment of the Canadian economy. Learn with leaders in virtual learning environments - Loyalist’s border simulations have been used by the Canada Border Services Agency to train new recruits.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent OR
  • Applicants with a related degree or diploma may be considered for advanced standing or direct entry into year two; please review your qualifications with the program coordinator.

Applicants who possess a related college diploma (i.e. human studies, justice services) are eligible for direct entry into year two of the program.

Applicants who possess an unrelated college diploma are considered on a case-by-case basis for direct entry into year two.

Applicants who possess a university degree are eligible for direct entry into year two of the program; however, applicants should meet with their program coordinator regarding appropriate course and program planning.

Additional requirements

  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector Check may also be required).
  • Valid First Aid and CPR (Level C) with AED certificate.
  • It is strongly recommended that applicants have a high level of physical fitness.
  • Applicants with special needs or limitations that may affect their potential employment are encouraged to discuss their program and career goals with the coordinator prior to enrolment

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

Is it for you?

People enter justice studies from all different backgrounds. Those who thrive in Customs Border Services are the ones who have:

  • Good judgment
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Self-discipline
  • An appreciation of Canada’s rich cultural diversity

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • College Writing Skills
  • Ethical Considerations in Justice
  • Interpersonal & Group Dynamics
  • Lifestyle Management & Fitness 1
  • Sociology

First Year - Semester Two

  • Career Resource Development
  • Conflict Management & Crisis Intervention
  • Criminal and Civil Law
  • Criminology
  • Issues in Diverse Populations
  • Lifestyle Management & Fitness 2
  • Psychology

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Border Services - Legislation & Procedures 1
  • Border Services - Statutes and Regulations
  • Brokerage and Logistics 1
  • Essential Communications for Border Services
  • Field Practicum 1
  • Lifestyle Management & Fitness 3
  • Mental Health & Substance Use
  • Placement Preparation

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Border Services - Legislation & Procedures 2
  • Border Services Career Preparation
  • Brokerage and Logistics 2
  • Communication Competencies for Enforcement
  • Customs Computer Applications
  • Field Practicum 2
  • Forensic Search
  • Immigration Fundamentals

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Program delivery

Experiential learning

We believe in preparing by doing, with hands-on experience and cutting-edge technology:

  • Through experiential learning, develop essential skills in listening, observing, critical thinking, conflict management and decision making.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of global diversity through the development of your awareness and understanding of legislation and regulations.
  • Experience the role of a border services officer in a virtual learning environment, completing the inspection procedure and questioning unknown travellers as you would in real life.
  • Practise searching for and identifying contraband during forensic vehicle searches.
  • Develop your proficiency in computer applications used in public and private customs-related industry.


  • Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462
  • Total: $4,184.08


Credential: Two-year Ontario College Diploma

Career paths

Find your career

Graduates of this innovative program are extremely well regarded by employers and business is booming. In just two years, you can train for a lucrative career within the government or the private sector:

  • Employers include private businesses, customs brokerages importing and exporting and freight forwarders that ship goods throughout the world.
  • Graduates are permitted to enrol in the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) course without having to meet the one-year work requirement.

Graduates are also qualified for front-line positions with the Canada Border Services Agency:

  • Oversee border services for millions of people travelling by air, car, rail and boat.
  • Welcome more than 200,000 immigrants and refugees to Canada each year.
  • Administer import and export requirements for animals and plants.
  • Use the latest training and technology to keep illicit drugs, firearms and harmful pests and diseases from entering the country.
  • Can progress to careers in intelligence, auditing and investigations, with field experience.

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Loyalist College 

Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, economic, cluster-based applied programs and research that provide career-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community....

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Why study at Loyalist College

In a world obsessed with big, we are small.

Small gives us the power to do big things. And things that make a big difference to our students, community, and partners. In an impersonal world of big lecture halls and stadium seating, we know our students by name and circumstance.

Small frees us to provide personal one-on-one attention, in small classes and learning environments. Small means our students feel like they matter. That they belong. That they are no longer invisible in a world which had passed them by. Small means that we can move mountains to help every student succeed, confident in who they are and what they are capable of becoming.

We are Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology.

We are small.

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Loyalist College

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

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