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Correctional Officer Requirements for Massachusetts


In order to be a correctional officer in the State of Massachusetts, you must first meet a set of basic requirements and qualifications.

Some basic requirements that you must have are: A valid driver’s license, a High School Diploma or have completed the GED program, must be a U.S citizen or be able to provide your naturalization paperwork. Successful potential applicants should be of good moral character, display strong communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to interact with a diverse group of people.

You will be disqualified if have a prior criminal record or have served any jail time.  You cannot have any domestic violence convictions, as this job requires you to carry a firearm. If you have previously had any warrants, you will need to provide court documents that verify that those particular items are in fact closed. As with all essential documentation, failure to present all of the required documents will disqualify you from consideration.

Application Process

Your first step is to fill out an application, which includes a Release and Certification form to authorize a background investigation. Return your completed application to: Division of Human Resources, Personnel Department, P.O Box 946 Norfolk, MA 02056, Or fax to: (508) 850-5217.

You will next need to pass the Civil Service Exam to continue in the hiring process. To view upcoming dates for testing, see the announcement here.

Once your application and Civil Service test are complete, you will get a notice by mail to go to the Shirley Training Academy to have a formal interview. Make sure you bring all required documentation with you to your appointment such as your driver’s license, Social Security card, and two completed application forms.

After receiving a conditional offer of employment, you will attend the Basic Training Academy, a 10-week program where you will learn necessary DOC policies and procedures, participate in physical conditioning exercises, and receive hands on training.

Physical Requirements

As a requirement of your application process, you will also be required to complete a Physical Abilities Test (PAT) in order to properly gauge you overall physical condition. The test consists of three times events: Sit-Ups, Number you can complete in 1 minute, Push-Ups, Number you can complete in 1 minute, and a 1.5 Mile run which will be timed. Additionally, you will be subject to psychological and drug testing.

Incentives for Higher Education

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections currently provides individuals that currently hold higher education degree with annual incentive pay.  The amount of incentive pay that you could receive is based solely on the level of the degree the person currently possesses.

For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Corrections website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/doc/, or call 1-866-WRK-4DOC.

10 Responses to Correctional Officer Requirements for Massachusetts

  1. Andry Hernandez June 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi im writing to you because i am interested in becoming a correctional officer. I have a few qestions it possible to be be a CO with two dismissed assault cases which i know is bad …but thats not me im a good individual.But im trying to expunge it out of my record will this eliminate me from becoming a co bevause im really interested. One more thing do i have to have a criminal justice certificate or degree to apply? Please contact me with info.thanks i appreciate your time

  2. Sergio November 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    I was wondering if you have a dismissed case first offense DUI, will it affect my chances of becoming CO?

  3. Lazarus Varitimidis January 19, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    I took the CO exam in march 2010, and passed with a high score of 91. I waited 1 year and seven months to be considered. After they sent me the post card to come in and fill out and submit the required paper work, they denied going further with me, because of a small misdemeanor in 1995 of a fray. I do have a college degree and have worked for government positions in the past. Why must I go through this process again, in order to become a CO?

  4. Rashad Williams April 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    My name is Rashad Williams and my question is do I need a driver’s license to be a correction officer if I have a Mass ID.?

  5. Saint-Gerard Charlestin June 29, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    I would to take the test for the correction officer.

  6. Oscar Marcial September 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    I am a correctional officer in Puerto Rico I already have 2 years and 7 months of service and would like to know what do I have to do to apply for correction over there in the states Im almost bilingual soo please could you email me

  7. Sarisha Rouse February 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Hello My name is Sarisha and I want to become a correctional officer. I have served in the military for 3 years, went to college and got my associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. May 2014 I got a charge for a DUI to the slightest degree and I spent one day in jail because it was required. Am I still able to become a correctional officer if it was a first offense and was a misdemeanor? Please let me know

    Thank you for your time,

    Sarisha Rouse

  8. Elvin Cruz Ortiz April 21, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    I would like to become a Correccional officer

  9. Nilda flores April 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    HI, I’m 45 years old don’t look it I like to keep myself in shape, do go to the gym I have excellent communication skills, fluent in spanish and English I have my ged a commercials drivers licence and a diploma for health claim specialist billing and coding granted by brand ford hall..my question is, do I still qualify for Co being 45?

  10. paul kassner August 29, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Is the 10 week training only for people that land a Co position