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Correctional Officer Requirements for Nevada

Nevada Department of Corrections offers the entry-level position of Correctional Officer Trainee. The information provided below describes the minimal requirements that need to be met in order to be considered for this position.

Correctional Officer Trainee positions allow new hires the opportunity to gain needed on-the-job training and experience required to be successful within the department. After completing the required 12-Month probationary period, then you would be eligible for a semi-automatic progression to the next level of Correctional Officer, pending approval from the appointing authority.

Some basic skills that you will need to have to be successful is to have a knowledge of basic mathematics, be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, be able to read, and be able to work with individuals of varied ethnic backgrounds.

In order to be considered for a position with the Nevada Department of Corrections, you must pass all phases of orientation, be open to working shift work, being on stand-by status and possible overtime, weekend and holiday duty. In addition to these requirements, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have a Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be 21 Years of Age at the time the Application is submitted.
  • Be a High School Graduate or Equivalent
  • Two years of Any “Full-Time” Work Experience; Or Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience.
  • Submit to a State of Nevada / FBI Background Check
  • Be able to meet Peace Officer Standard & Training (POST) requirements.

During the selection process, the Nevada Department of Corrections will conduct an examination consisting of the P.O.S.T physical fitness test, a background investigation, drug screening, psychological and medical physical examinations, and a Correctional Officer Structured Interview.

The next step in the process is an application review and evaluation. During this process the applicants paperwork is evaluated and education and experience time frames. At the end of the process, the applicants that are the most qualified will be contacted for an interview be the hiring agency.

The P.O.S.T physical fitness test consists of multiple events that potential applicant must satisfactorily complete in order to proceed in the selection process. The test is comprised of a 15 inch vertical jump, a 20.4 Second Agility run, complete 20 standard push-ups (No Time Limit), and a 300 meter run in under 1 minute 14 seconds, and finally a 1.5 mile run or walk in under 17 Minutes 37 seconds.

The Nevada Department of Corrections will not appoint a person to a law enforcement position if any of the following conditions apply:

  • If you’ve been convicted of a felony in this State or of any offense, which would be a felony if committed in this state
  • If you’ve been convicted of any offense involving the illegal sale or manufacture of controlled substances
  • If you’ve been convicted of domestic violence
  • If you have used any illegal controlled substance within one year of the date of application including prescription drugs not prescribed to them
  • If you have been discharged from military service other than honorably
  • If you’ve been convicted of a DUI/DWI within seven years of their written application; or convicted of 2 or more DUI/DWI within their lifetime
  • If you’ve been convicted of a felony in this State or of any offense, which would be a felony if committed in this state

To obtain more information on current job listings and to see application instructions, visit here and you’ll see the correctional officers section.

Click here to download the Nevada Department of Corrections P.O.S.T Category III Pre-Service Training Academy Correctional Officer Handbook.

For more information, visit the Nevada Department of Corrections website at or call at (775) 887-3285.


4 Responses to Correctional Officer Requirements for Nevada

  1. Timeka Shippy May 15, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Hello i was picked to come do the P.O.S.T training in august for a potiential position and i was wondering how long is the training to be a correctional officer trainiee people have said it takes months to train but i was just curious. Thank you

    • COTHQ May 15, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Based on what’s written in the Nevada DOC POST Category III Pre-Service Training Academy Correctional Officer Training Handbook, (link is now posted above) training is for 6 weeks, 8 hours Monday-Friday, beginning at 7AM.

      With that said, it still depends on the exact position that you are being hired for as the academy training requirements differ for each position and category.

      This handbook was last revised in 2012 but should still be accurate.

      You may also want to visit the Nevada Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training website ( you should find the information that you are seeking. They list the most recent training calendars for the upcoming months, academy dates, and additional information.

  2. Jeff April 30, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    Hello! Just curious. Can an applicant do pre-employment testing ( medical and drug screening) in another state but the application is for Nevada?

  3. Musah February 15, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    Only citizens can apply or permanent resident card holders can also apply.