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Correctional Officer Requirements for Alabama


To become a Correctional Officer with the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), you are expected to embody the merits of having strong moral character, including honesty and integrity. You should have a professional nature and upstanding reputation.

You must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, an Alabama driver’s license, able to pass a background check, drug free, and of good health and fitness.

Disqualifying factors include: any felony or domestic violence convictions, or dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.

You may complete the PDF application and mail it to ADOC Personnel Division, 301 S. Ripley St, P.O. Box 301501, Montgomery, AL 36130,  or bring your application to a pre-determined testing site. Upcoming testing dates can be found at the following link.

After submitting your application, you will be advised of a time to go in for testing. Your written test will be graded by the State Personnel Department and you will be ranked based on your exam score. A physical ability test will measure push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. An agility test will measure your ability to complete various physical tasks. You will also have a drug screen, pre-employment medical exam, and be fingerprinted. Additionally, there is a packet of paperwork to fill out for Correctional Officer I (COI) in which you will provide background information.

As a cadet that has been offered conditional employment, you will need to complete the rest of the requirements of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), Alabama Peace Officers’ Standard and Training Commission (APOSTC), and State of Alabama Merit System. You will attend a 12-week training academy.

The first week you will receive on the job training at an ADOC facility, and eleven weeks at the ADOC Training Academy. You will learn various communication techniques, and receive firearms training; self-defense lessons, and pepper spray/Taser certification. There are academic, physical, and regulatory requirements to meet in order to satisfactorily complete the training, and you will receive APOSTC Certification as a Correctional Officer.

You may direct your inquiries to the ADOC Hotline Connection by calling: 1-866-293-7799.

5 Responses to Correctional Officer Requirements for Alabama

  1. gregory keaton April 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I recently passed the entrance test and exam all I needed was my birth certificate and my college credits.How can i check on my application.my number is 1256 702 -8704.

    • COTHQ April 18, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      You might be able to find assistance be contacting the ADOC Personnel Division’s Correctional Officer Unit at (334) 353-9500.

  2. Ebenezer Annan-mensah August 26, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    How can i apply whiles overseas

  3. robert cooley March 27, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    i just pass the test at the end of feb and i got all my paper work done i don’t know what to do now will they call me to tell me when i go to the academy? do i need to retake the pt test again to enter the academy

  4. Felicia Covington April 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    How many push ups and sit ups are required for this position? I too would like to know how fast does one have to run the milke?