To become a Corrections Officer for the Connecticut Department of Correction, you must meet the following criteria: at least 21 years old, a United States citizen, have a high school diploma or GED, be of good moral character, and not have any felony convictions.
Be in good health overall. Correctional Officers are in physically demanding careers, and you will need to be able to carry out all of the essential job duties. There are minimum criteria for visual and auditory acuity, and you must not have any diseases or injuries that might weaken your ability to perform.
Additional steps in the interview process are:
- Written test- to gauge your abilities in observation, basic math, judgment and logical reasoning; to read, write, and follow directions, etc.
- Physical fitness test- gender and age specific ability levels for sit-ups, push-ups, sit & reach and 300 meter run.
- Structured interview- gauges your oral communication skills; helps determine suitability of your person for the job.
- Background investigation- employment and education review, criminal and motor vehicle histories.
- Medical evaluation- comprehensive medical/physical exam; drug screening
You will attend the Maloney Center for Training and Staff Development for a 10-week training academy. Instruction will consist of classroom training on correction-related subjects, and include daily physical training exercises. You will also have a minimum of 112.5 hour of on the job training.
For additional information, visit the Connecticut Department of Correction website.