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Correctional Officer Requirements for Hawaii

The state of Hawaii’s Department of Public Safety directs its inmate correctional efforts through its Corrections Division.

The Corrections Division currently maintains 4 jails, 3 prisons and 2 correctional center facilities throughout the various islands of Hawaii.

Individuals that wish to begin their career as a corrections officer should be of good moral character, have strong interpersonal skills, be able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form, and be able to interact with a diverse group of people.

The basic requirements that you should meet in order to obtain an entry level position within the Corrections Division include the following:

  • High School Diploma or related equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License at the time of application
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Submit to Drug Screening & Intensive Background Check

The Corrections Division also conducts examinations for various positions within their department during recruitment based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience history. Make sure the information that you have provide in your application is clear, concise, and accurate descriptions of the duties and responsibilities for each of your previous positions held.

In order to apply for a position with the State of Hawaii, there first must be an open position listed on Hawaii’s Civil Service Career Opportunities website. There you can also find information on current available positions, how to sign up and apply for available jobs.

For more information on a career in corrections with the state of Hawaii, visit the Department of Public Safety’s Corrections Division website at

3 Responses to Correctional Officer Requirements for Hawaii

  1. pita April 7, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    I want to apply

  2. connie July 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Looking for correctional academy, can’t seem to find it. Help.

  3. Carrie Washington April 16, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    I’m a correctional officer in Texas for 8 years. I’m 52 years old. Can I transfer my training to Hawaii.