The position of Correctional Officer is an entry level class. In order to be hired as a correctional officer, candidates attend a formal 16 week training program at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Training Academy and a formal two-year apprenticeship program upon reporting to an adult institution. The apprenticeship program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 3,600 hours or 2 Years of experience in the designated work process categories.
- US Citizenship (or applied)
- Minimum Age of 21 years.
- U.S. HS Diploma/GED
- Good physical condition
- No felony convictions
- Eligible to own/possess a firearm
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Some of the basic skills required include knowledge of the purposes and methods of discipline as applied to persons in custody, the duties of a Correctional Officer, the ability to utilize correct grammar and spelling, proper use and care of firearms, and basic arithmetic.
In order to be a correctional officer in the State of California, a person must be either a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. Citizenship. Any permanent resident alien who is employed as a peace officer shall be disqualified from holding that position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.
DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT
Applicants for positions as a correctional officer will be required to pass a drug screening test. The drug screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated “Sensitive” class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.
MINIMUM VISUAL ACUITY REQUIREMENTS
Correctional officer applicants must have 20/60 uncorrected in each eye and corrected to 20/20 in each eye. Applicants who have successfully worn soft contact lenses for the past 12 months are not required to meet an uncorrected standard as long as their corrected vision is 20/20 in each eye.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST
As a requirement of the State of California, to become a Correctional Officer, prospective applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas.
- Overall Endurance
- Grip Strength
- Trunk strength
- Dynamic Arm Power
- Dynamic Leg Power
More information can be found at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Career_Opportunities/POR/COIndex.html.