There are minimum qualifications to become a Correctional Officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Those requirements include: you must be an Illinois resident, at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, a High School Diploma or GED certificate, be a U.S. Citizen or an authorized alien who has permanent residency, and be able to speak, read, and write English.
In order to apply to for a Correctional Officer job, you are required to fill out the Applicant Data Form, which can be submitted online. The form is found at this link: http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/Careers_At_IDOC.aspx.
Once the next test date has been set, you will receive notification explaining the screening process and documents you will be required to provide. If you do not receive notification within six months of the date of your application, you should resubmit your application.
Throughout the interview process, you will earn points for a total of up to 100 points in eligibility ranking. You will be placed on eligibility lists in order of rank, and applicants are hired based on their scores. You will be required to complete three tests: Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), the Inmate Disciplinary Report Written Exam (IDR), and the Physical Agility Test (PAT). After successful completion of the tests, you will be given written and oral interviews.
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE): This test establishes a baseline by measuring reading comprehension and vocabulary. A score with an equivalent 10th grade reading level is required to move on to the next test
Inmate Disciplinary Report Written Exam (IDR): For the written exam, you will be shown a videotaped incident and answer 30 multiple choice questions about the video you viewed, in order to measure your skills at observation and interpretation. This exam is worth 20% of your ranking points.
Physical Agility Test (PAT): You will be tested on four exercises to determine your capability to execute the required job duties of a Correctional Officer. You will be ineligible to continue in the screening process if you are unable to complete any of the four exercises.
Written Interview: You will answer multiple choice questions. You can earn 0, 3, or 6 points for each question, with a total of 30 points possible. This exam is worth 30% of your ranking points.
Oral Interview: You will be interviewed by two Department of Corrections employees who will ask you standardized questions and rate you in three categories.
The remainder of points for eligibility ranking can be earned based on your education, work experience, and military service.