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Simulation Exercise for Inspectors - Frequently Asked Questions

Amended May 3, 2011

1. What is the Simulation Exercise for Inspectors (SEI)?

The SEI is an assessment tool developed for the CFIA by the Personnel Psychology Centre (PPC). It is based on the evaluation of certain personal skills and abilities (called "behavioural competencies") common to EG-03 and EG-04 positions in operations.

2. What is the retest period for the Simulation Exercise for Inspectors (SEI)?

The test can be rewritten 6 months after the most recent test date.

3. How long will the Simulation Exercise for Inspectors (SEI) results be valid?

The Personnel Psychology Centre of the Public Service Commission has determined that the results of the SEI will remain valid indefinitely or until the test is rewritten. However, if the test is taken again, only the most recent results will be kept on file, even if they are lower than previous results.

4. Who will administer the Simulation Exercise for Inspectors (SEI) of the CFIA?

The SEI was developed by the Personnel Psychology Centre (PPC) of the Public Service Commission (PSC). It will be administered by CFIA staff who have successfully completed the PPC developed training course specific to this simulation exercise.

5. How long will the assessment take?

The assessment will take up to 7.5 hours to complete (including a 1 hour lunch break).

6. How can one assessment cover qualifications for an EG-03 and/or an EG-04 position?

Candidates successful at the EG-03 level will have achieved a score of at least 3/6 in every competency assessed. Candidates successful at the EG-04 level will have attained a score of at least 4/6 in each of the Thinking/Judgement competency and the Communication competency. All those who qualify at the EG-04 level automatically qualify at the EG-03 level.

7. Will there be other qualification requirements for EG-03/04 positions?

The staffing manager will choose what qualifications are required for a specific position.

8. What happens to applicants who do not pass the SEI?

Applicants who do not meet the requirements of the SEI will have to wait a minimum of 180 days (6 months) before being evaluated again. A candidate must apply on a subsequent EG-03/EG-04 selection process to have an opportunity for re-assessment after the 6 month re-test period has elapsed.