Post-Secondary Recruitment

The Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) program is designed to support federal government organizations in their staffing activities by:

  • Providing express access to qualified university and college graduates for a variety of positions;
  • Helping meet specific recruitment needs with various tenures at any time throughout the year; and
  • Aligning with the renewal of a modern, forward-thinking public service.

Options for participating in the PSR program are:

  1. Hire quickly by accessing established Career Stream Inventories

    Reduce time and cost per hire: Every fall, the PSR program establishes both tested and non-tested career stream inventories that are aligned with occupational areas currently in demand.

    Hiring managers can access these inventories any time throughout the year.

    Select the ‘Hire quickly’ tab for more information.

  2. Hire by participating in the fall campaign

    The PSC can advertise your job through the PSR campaign!

    As part of the annual fall PSR campaign, organizations can advertise their job opportunities with us. These can be either non-tested or tested. The PSC can coordinate the testing for you.

    Select the ‘Advertise your job opportunities’ tab for more information.

Hire candidates quickly

  • Referrals are free of charge;
  • Available to all federal government organizations;
  • Indeterminate and term hiring options;
  • Nationally advertised;
  • Tailored to your needs. You can request the:
    • Number of candidates;
    • Educational level(s) and specializations;
    • Experience criteria;
    • Specific pass marks that are relevant (tested inventories only); and
  • A list of interested candidates is available in as little as 72 hours.

Available Inventories

Tested Career Stream Inventories

1. Administration, Arts, Commerce or Social Sciences
2. Information Technology

Candidates were tested using the Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE)

Non-Tested Career Stream Inventories

3. Health Sciences
4. Pure, Natural and Applied Sciences

In addition to the Career Stream Inventories mentioned above, hiring managers can also access:

Financial Officer and Internal Auditors Recruitment and Development Programs (FORD & IARD): Hire qualified university graduates for entry-level finance and internal audit positions (FI-1 and AS-2). These trainees are part of a formal development program.

  • Although advertised as part of the PSR campaign, these inventories are maintained by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat on behalf of federal organizations. For further information or to access these pools, contact

Advertise your job opportunities

Leverage the PSR brand and its existing relationships with universities and colleges across Canada by partnering with the PSC to post job opportunities specific to your organization’s needs:

  • Reach Canadian graduates through the PSC’s outreach efforts; and
  • Increase efficiencies in your staffing process.

The results of your process will only be for your organization to use, unless you choose to collaborate with other organizations.

The PSC will:

  • Assist you in the preparation of your advertisement;
  • Support you in deciding whether to have any PSR tests administered on your behalf;
  • Advertise your position in the PSR section of the Web site;
  • Administer (if applicable) the standardized test(s) on your behalf;
    • Testing is conducted in numerous locations within Canada and internationally; and
  • Provide you with an electronic file of screened-in candidates for further consideration and assessment.

Before going any further, be sure to check out the existing PSR career stream inventories. We may already have what you need.

If advertising your job opportunity with PSR is the best fit, please complete a Post Secondary Recruitment Request for Career Choice and review the Complete List of Educational Specializations in PSRS.

E-mail us at for further information or assistance.


The Post-Secondary Recruitment Program (PSR) makes use of two testing methods for its tested inventories:

1. On-line testing (unsupervised) – Public Service Entrance Exam

The unsupervised Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE UIT 370) is comprised of two sub-tests: the Test of Reasoning and the Test of Judgement. The PSEE can be written in an unsupervised environment anywhere applicants have access to a computer and an Internet connection.

Applicants will only be permitted to write the PSEE once. Their score will be applied to all PSR jobs to which they apply to this year. They will only be invited to attend an in-person testing session if they pass the on-line PSEE.

Learn more about the Unsupervised PSEE.

2. Supervised testing – Public Service Entrance Exam

Applicants who succeeded on the unsupervised PSEE (PSEE UIT 370) will be required to write the supervised PSEE (PSEE 371), consisting of two separately timed sub-tests:

Sub-Test 1: Test of Reasoning is designed to assess reasoning and problem-solving abilities and consists of 30 multiple choice questions. Sub-Test 2: Test of Judgement is designed to assess the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations and consists of 40 multiple choice questions.

The same question types are used on both the unsupervised and the supervised tests.

Learn more about the Supervised PSEE

For more information on the PSR program, contact us at