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Nov 14, 2009
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Gov job Language Proficiency

Hi

I was wondering for Gov jobs on the Language Proficiency section if it says: English Essential, Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB

does that mean that I need to be able to speak English and french?



If I can only speak English can I still apply or will I Be automatically rejected?
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Yes. Bilingual Imperative means you must meet the BBB standard when you START the job.

If it was Non-Imperative, if you landed the job, you must become Bilingual by about 2 years post hiring.

For you now, You will eventually be "tested" for French and then and there you will be screened out if you applied.
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lol looks like you're not that good at English either if the word 'imperative' is new to you
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You will need to speak French at the BBB level for the "Bilingual Imperative" position(s); however, if you don't speak French, you will only be considered for the "English Essential" position(s).

So, to answer your question, you will not be automatically rejected.
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EFSF Jaburo wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2011 11:39 pm
lol looks like you're not that good at English either if the word 'imperative' is new to you

How would you interpret "English Essential"?
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stinkytofu2020 wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2011 11:05 pm
Hi

I was wondering for Gov jobs on the Language Proficiency section if it says: English Essential, Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB

does that mean that I need to be able to speak English and french?



If I can only speak English can I still apply or will I Be automatically rejected?

If it says "English Essential, Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB" it means that they will be considering both English only speaking and/or bilingual people at the BBB for the position. So if you are only english speaking then you meet the requirement.
"What an emotionally wrecking of the stomach game"
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JMoreno wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2011 11:44 pm
You will need to speak French at the BBB level for the "Bilingual Imperative" position(s); however, if you don't speak French, you will only be considered for the "English Essential" position(s).

So, to answer your question, you will not be automatically rejected.

Saw this after I posted. This is correct.
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It means there are positions that are for English only and separate positions that are bilingual. Apply and say you only know English.
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EFSF Jaburo wrote:
Apr 3rd, 2011 11:39 pm
lol looks like you're not that good at English either if the word 'imperative' is new to you

LOL Good old Firefox Spellcheck--I should pay more attention ;)
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Kenny Blankenship wrote:
Apr 4th, 2011 7:48 am
Saw this after I posted. This is correct.

Ahh yes, I should have read more carefully.

Thanks for the clarification.
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DrXenon wrote:
Sep 2nd, 2012 5:29 pm
Sorry to dig this thread up from long ago, but what does CBC/CBC or BBB/BBB actually mean in practical terms? I took French up to the highest grade possible in high school, but I have never really used it except when on vacation in France.

Every single Public Works job in Ottawa seems to be demanding CBC or CCC. I am starting to abandon my dream of a nice government engineering position there.
This link will provide you with the qualification standards for the official languages: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/gui/squn03-eng.asp#second
If you are curious about the testing itself, then start here: http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/sle-el ... nd-eng.htm
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First letter is for comprehensive skills, second letter is for written skills and last letter is for oral skills.

A = beginner
B = intermediate
C = advanced

If a position requires a CBC in French, it means that you need to have an advanced skills for comprehensions and oral, but will require only intermediate written skills.
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