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.