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About U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the largest federal law enforcement agencies under the administration of the CBP agency and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CBP is responsible for administering the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection Officer exams for those candidates interested in becoming border patrol agents.

CBP employs over 20,000 workers, and, as of 2017, plans to hire between 10,000–15,000 new agents. 


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Requirements

The application process to become a U.S. CBP employee is extremely rigorous in order to ensure those selected can carry out the duties expected of them. Before applying, you must first meet some basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Have resided in the U.S. for at least three of the last five years
  • Be eligible to carry a firearm
  • Be under the age of 40
  • Be willing to travel/relocate

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hiring Process

If you met the aforementioned requirements, you may start the hiring process, which consists of the following:

  • Taking entrance exams (that assess your critical thinking skills)
  • Completing and passing a physical and medical exam
  • Passing a drug test
  • Passing a background test

It's important to note that any previous arrests, drug use, and financial issues may be flagged. 

If you pass the aforementioned steps, the next are:

  • A 16-week basic training program (which includes a five-week Spanish language course)
  • Written tests – You can only score below a 70% on one of the exams, and if you do, you only have one chance to pass a makeup exam.
  • An interview
  • A polygraph (lie detector test) – It is said that 60% of candidates fail here because they do not disclose prior drug use or criminal history.
  • A background investigation

Only if you pass every aspect of the hiring process will you be offered a job. 


CBP Jobs

The CBP offers many different types of positions:

  • Border Patrol Agents safeguard U.S. borders.
  • CBP Officers guard U.S. ports of entry.
  • Air Interdictions Agents fight crime from the sky.
  • Marine Interdiction Agents secure U.S. coastal waters.
  • Air Enforcement Agents patrol U.S. skies.
  • Agricultural Specialists protect U.S. trade.

Practice for Your U.S. Customs and Border Protection Exams

With the right amount of preparation, you too can become one of the thousands of agents working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and protecting the United States' borders. JobTestPrep offers PrepPacks™ for both the CBP and BPO entrance exams. Our PrepPacks™ include practice tests, study guides, and answer explanations to help you both understand the material and improve your score.


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