Nuclear Security - Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Testing Cost?
How Much Does It Cost To Re-Test?
How Do I Know If A Particular Test Date Is Still Available?
Can I Reschedule My Test Date?
Can I Register Past The Registration Deadline?
What Payment Methods Are Accepted?
How Long Does The Testing Take?
How Long Are The Results Valid For?
Can I Write The Tests Outside Of My Area?
Will I Receive More Information On The Tests And Process?
How Do I Know That I’m Registered?
Do I Have To Complete The Documents In The Confirmation Package Each Time I Test?
Where Can I Use The Results (O.A.C.P. Certificate)?
Does Ats Offer Feedback On Unsuccessful Tests?
How Long Do I Have To Wait If Unsuccessful On The Tests?
How Do I Register For A Test Date?
How Long Until I Receive My Results (Certificate)?
How Do I Know Who’s Hiring At Any Given Time?
Do You Offer Practice Sessions For The Prep?
If I Am Unsuccessful In One Portion Of The Prep Test, Do I Have To Retest Both Components?
Regarding The Shuttle Run, What Is Stage 6.5?
Do You Offer Any Practice Written Exams?
Is Nuclear Testing Transferable To Police Constable Testing?

 

  1. Q: HOW MUCH DOES TESTING COST?
    The total cost of the pre-interview testing is $271.20 (tax included).

  2. Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RE-TEST?
    The initial fee of $271.20 includes all tests (GATB, WCT, PREP, Vision & Hearing).

    Applicants will be required to pay a component fee of $79.42 (tax included) when retesting any component.

  3. Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF A PARTICULAR TEST DATE IS STILL AVAILABLE?
    If you register on or before our stated deadline for that particular date, you will be guaranteed a seat for that test date.

  4. Q: CAN I RESCHEDULE MY TEST DATE?
    Yes, contact the ATS office during business hours. A fee of $50.00 payable at the time of rescheduling by Visa or Master Card is required.

  5. Q: CAN I REGISTER PAST THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?
    Yes, however subject to availability. If we are able to accommodate your late registration you will be charged a $50.00 late registration fee payable upon registration with Visa or Master Card.

  6. Q: WHAT PAYMENT METHODS ARE ACCEPTED?
    ATS accepts certified cheques, money orders, VISA and MasterCard payments.
    ATS does not accept personal cheques.

  7. Q: HOW LONG DOES THE TESTING TAKE?
    The entire testing process approximately 6 - 7 hours to complete and all components are completed in one day.

  8. Q: HOW LONG ARE THE RESULTS VALID FOR?
    The GATB and WCT results are valid for a period of 3 years, and the PREP is valid for 6 months.

  9. Q: CAN I WRITE THE TESTS OUTSIDE OF MY AREA?
    Yes, you are free to travel to any of our test centre locations regardless of where you reside.

  10. Q: WILL I RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION ON THE TESTS AND PROCESS?
    Yes, when you register for a test date, and payment is received in full, we will forward you a confirmation package with more information about the tests, as well as the location, time, and test-day instructions.

  11. Q: HOW DO I KNOW THAT I’M REGISTERED?
    ATS will mail/email you a confirmation package that includes your test date, registration time, a map, test day instructions and several documents to be completed. If you have not received the confirmation package one week prior to your test date, or unsure if your registration was received, please contact the ATS office.

  12. Q: DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE DOCUMENTS IN THE CONFIRMATION PACKAGE EACH TIME I TEST?
    Yes, it is a requirement of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission that all applicants testing or retesting, complete these documents every time you test. Failure to complete and submit will result in a delay in the processing of your results.

  13. Q: WHERE CAN I USE THE RESULTS (C.N.S.C. CERTIFICATE)?
    You can use the results (Certificate) with Chalk River.

  14. Q: DOES ATS OFFER FEEDBACK ON UNSUCCESSFUL TESTS?
    Yes, included in your test results package, is general feedback information and improvement strategies.  However, due to the established policies of the CNSC, we are unable to provide specific information about the tests or your results, including the actual score received.

  15. Q: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT IF UNSUCCESSFUL ON THE TESTS?
    If you are unsuccessful in either the GATB or WCT at the first attempt, you must wait for a period of three (3) months from the test date before making another attempt. Candidates who have not met standard on subsequent attempts must wait a period of six (6) months before they can test again. The first time a candidate does not meet standard with the PREP, they are eligible to register immediately and retest within 2 months of their test date. For each attempt after that, the waiting period to retest is 2 months from your test date.

  16. Q: HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A TEST DATE?
    Registration is available by calling the ATS office during business hours.

  17. Q: HOW LONG UNTIL I RECEIVE MY RESULTS (CERTIFICATE)?
    The results will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days of testing.

  18. Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHO’S HIRING AT ANY GIVEN TIME?
    ATS provides a Recruiting Page on our web site that has postings for positions currently available at Chalk River.

  19. Q: DO YOU OFFER PRACTICE SESSIONS FOR THE PREP?
    ATS does offer PREP practice sessions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). If you are interested in a practice session with ATS you must call the office to schedule a PREP practice, as there are limited spots. You can also contact your local community college and inquire whether they offer this service as many colleges now have the PREP equipment.

  20. Q: IF I AM UNSUCCESSFUL IN ONE PORTION OF THE PREP TEST, DO I HAVE TO RETEST BOTH COMPONENTS?
    Yes, you must complete the entire PREP test (Pursuit and Shuttle Run).

  21. Q: REGARDING THE SHUTTLE RUN, WHAT IS STAGE 6.5?
    The way in which the shuttle run test is administered is that the applicants run 4.5 laps of the 20 meters per 1/2 stage. This means that over the course of the total test, you would be running over the 20 meter course approximately 58 times. The pace of the test starts out quite slow and then picks up significantly around stage 4. By stage 5.5, you will be running. If you wish to train for this test, it's best to jog/run 4 to 5 times a week for at least 25 - 35 minutes. One other way of determining if you are physically capable of reaching stage 6.5 on the test, you may try to run 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in 11.5 minutes or less. If you are able to do this, then you should be physically fit enough to successfully pass the shuttle run test.

  22. Q: DO YOU OFFER ANY PRACTICE WRITTEN EXAMS?
    No, ATS does not offer practice written exams, however you can review the Orientation and Pre-Test Guide for sample questions.

  23. Q: IS NUCLEAR TESTING TRANSFERABLE TO POLICE CONSTABLE TESTING?
    Yes, you can pay a one-time $50 transfer fee to have your WCT and PREP valid for both Nuclear and Police testing.  You will have to take the PATI, at a cost of $79.42, to have all of Stage I completed for Police Constable.