To become a Correctional Officer for the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), you must meet the following minimum requirements: be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED certificate, and not have any felony convictions.
Minimum physical requirements call for you to be of sufficient physical condition to perform the essential functions of a Correctional Officer job, and adequately meet vision and hearing requirements.
You will need to go to test site to fill out an application and complete testing. You can find information on testing dates, times, and locations by visiting the GDC Employment site.
There are three sections of the Correctional Officer test. All three consist of multiple choice questionnaires, the first of which you answer questions after watching a situational video, the second after reading a selection, and third after a counting section. You will have your test scored and results mailed to you within three weeks. You need to pass with a minimum total score of 67 to be placed on the list of applicants to be considered for job openings.
You will need to watch your mail for notices to appear for interviews at correctional facilities. Be sure to respond to all requests for interviews, or your name will be removed from the list of available applicants!
If you are hired, you will have five weeks of Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT), during which you will learn various skills such as use of force and emergency procedures. You are required to pass the COMPASS and ASSET tests, or submit SAT/ACT scores to complete training.
For more information, please contact the GDC Job Information Line at: 1-888-343-JOBS.