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Frequently Asked Questions 

FAQ's

Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Help Files and FAQs

If you have a question that’s not answered below, please contact us.

· Where do I find out about career opportunities?
· How do I apply for a position at BC Assessment? 
· What can I expect after I apply? 
· Do I have to apply for each position? 
· Can I make a general application? 
· What is the selection process?
· What are the education and experience requirements? 
· Will you accept an undergraduate degree from another country? 
· What is the salary range? 
· What are the benefits?
· What does an appraiser do? 
· What do you mean when you say Appraiser II or lesser? 
· How often do appraiser positions come available?  

Where do I find out about career opportunities?
Information on the positions currently available is on-line and updated regularly as positions are posted. We also regularly attend career fairs.

How do I apply for a position at BC Assessment?
We accept applications through our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) only. Please see our Careers page for instructions on creating your personal profile and monitoring your personal Career Centre.

What can I expect after I apply?
Upon receipt of an application, your information is screened against the criteria in the posting. If you meet the qualification criteria, you will be contacted either by email or phone regarding next steps in the competitive process.

Do I have to apply for each position?
Yes, you will need to submit an application/resume for each position through the ATS for which you feel qualified or interested.

Can I make a general application?
Yes. Please login to the ATS by clicking "Career Opportunities" on the left navigation panel. Once you have created a username and password, you can create a profile and upload a resume.

What is the selection process?
BC Assessment uses an open competitive process to evaluate candidates for posted competitions. We establish the characteristics and behaviours (competencies) high performers demonstrate in performing the duties of a job. We then test for those competencies. This can include written exercises, behavioural interviews and comprehensive past work performance reviews provided by current and/or former supervisors. Further information on the selection process for all positions is available online. Check the left hand menu on this page under "The Selection Process".

What are the education and experience requirements? Education and experience requirements vary depending on the position to which you are applying. Each posting will identify the required education and experience. 

For a working level appraiser (Appraiser I and Appraiser II),
education and experience requirements increase with each appraiser level.  Selections are made on the basis of a candidate’s education and experience. Preference is given to candidates with:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited Canadian university (extra credit may be given for directly related degrees, for example: Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business in Real Estate, Bachelor of Business Administration),
  • An RIBC or AACI accreditation, and/or
  • Related appraisal experience.

Will you accept an undergraduate degree from another country?
If you hold an undergraduate degree from another country, you must have it evaluated for equivalency in Canada. One credential evaluation service is the International Credential Evaluation Service at www.bcit.ca/ices. Eligibility to work in Canada is also required.

We recommend that you obtain this credential review as quickly as possible. We consider a candidate’s education and experience both at the initial screening stages and as part of salary placement, should you be a successful candidate. BC Assessment does not reimburse fees for this service.

What is the salary range?
The salary range for each position varies depending on the duties, responsibilities, education and experience requirements. Each posting will identify the salary range for the position.

In addition to a bi-weekly salary, permanent employees receive medical, extended health and dental benefits; life and disability insurance, and pension plan payments.

What are the benefits?
BC Assessment offers a comprehensive benefit package plus paid vacation leave (15 – 35 days based on years of service), flexible work schedules, special leave, sick leave and more. We also reimburse formal job-related education, and provide health and wellness benefits, insurance, retirement plans, and awards and recognition.

What does an appraiser do?
Appraisers work in the office and field to value properties such as single and multi-family dwellings, conversions, duplexes, apartments, mobile homes, farm buildings, utilities, commercial, office and light industrial buildings as well as accessory buildings and vacant and improved land.

As an appraiser, typically you will:

  • Inspect, measure and determine the values of new and old buildings, and vacant and improved land using replacement costs, depreciation, income and comparative market data,
  • Check alterations, renovations and other construction,
  • Use state of the art technology, including satellite imaging and digital mapping software,
  • Maintain records, drawings and data used for assessment purposes,
  • Deal with public enquiries over the counter, on the phone and in the field, and
  • Prepare reports for property assessment appeals, give evidence in a hearing and defend values as required. 

The level of involvement and responsibility varies with the appraiser position level (Appraiser Trainee, I, II or senior) and in some instances the geographic location. Appraisers also have considerable contact with property owners and tenants.

What do you mean when you say Appraiser II or lesser?
An Appraiser II position is considered the ‘full working level’ for the appraiser series. Often, due to the unique combination of education and experience required at the Appraiser II level, we are not always able to recruit at the full working level for a vacancy. Instead, we often hire new employees at the Appraiser I level to enable us to hire promising, but not fully qualified, candidates and develop them to reach the full working level.

How often do appraiser positions come available?
Working level and senior appraiser positions are posted in rounds several times a year. We recommend watching our careers website for postings.