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Corrections Officer



Corrections Officers are responsible for the custody and control of individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial, or are serving a prison or jail sentence. They are also responsible for the security of the facility itself.

Career Details


Students in Corrections Officer are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Booking prisoners
  • Field notes and report writing
  • Observation and memory skills
  • Patrol principles
  • Searching prisoners
  • Crowd control
  • Physical security applications
  • Alarm system fundamentals
  • Central alarm stations and dispatch centers
  • Access control
  • Guarding and watching prisoners
  • Inventorying possessions of new inmates
  • Preventing fights and potential riots
  • Workplace violations
  • Effective communication
  • Crisis intervention
  • Security awareness
  • Operational risk management
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Investigation: concepts and practices for security professionals
  • Legal aspects of security
  • Use of force
  • Defensive tactics and officer safety
  • Apprehension and detention procedures

Career Options

Career Options

Most corrections officers are employed by the government, though some are employed by private companies. Officers must wear uniforms and keep a neat appearance and haircut.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record. (varies by state)
  • Provide two references (e.g., career technical training instructor and work-based learning supervisor).


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Concern for others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

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