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Correctional Officer Requirements for New York


New York Correctional Officer JobsTo become a correction officer in NYS, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be 21 years old on or before your appointment date.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be a High School graduate or its educational equivalent.
  • Reside in New York State to meet the residency requirement.
  • Successfully pass the written Civil Service Exam with a minimum final score of 70%.

Your current physical and medical condition will be assessed to determine if you can successfully perform the duties of a correctional officer. The physical and medical assessment will consist of a physical fitness test, a medical evaluation, and a drug test / substance abuse screening.

You will be responsible for the cost of the clinical laboratory test fees related to the medical examination and drug screening.

In addition to the physical and medical examinations, you will also be required to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine your ability to perform the fundamental duties of a corrections officer.

As a condition of employment, prospective correction officers are required to submit to a background investigation to determine the eligibility for appointment to a corrections officer position.  A felony conviction will bar you from consideration while misdemeanor convictions may also bar you from consideration but this is determined on a case-by-case basis. A $75.00 fee is required for fingerprint processing.

The Training

For your correctional officer training as a correction officer trainee, you must successfully complete a 12-month trainee program. This process begins what you attending the New York State Department of Corrections & Community Supervision (DOCCS) Training Academy.

For 8-weeks, from Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons, you will live inside the academy receiving paid training within a paramilitary environment learning the ins and outs of corrections, while undergoing physical fitness training, firearms proficiency training, defensive tactics techniques, and specialized certifications.

Once you successfully meet all requirements and graduate from the correction officer training academy program, which is worth as much as (16) college credits towards a degree, you will then be considered a NYS Peace Officer and begin 3-weeks of on-the-job training prior to you being assigned to full-duty at a NYS correctional facility.

A probationary period of 1 year (52 weeks) will be in place where your performance will be periodically evaluated against the department standards. At the conclusion of your probation period, you will then be advanced to the level of (G-14) Correction Officer.

The Application Process

The New York Department of Civil Service Examination handles the application process and testing for NYS civil service jobs.  Correction Officer Job openings are generally published through correction officer exam announcements and include the examination number, job title, hiring rate, salary, test dates, and the deadline to apply.

The most recent correction officer job announcement is for:

April 13, 2013

25-626 Correction Officer Trainee

25-627 Correction Officer Trainee (Spanish Language)

This is the latest job announcement as of: FEB 10, 2014

The job announcements will provide links to the required application forms.

A $35.00 Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee is required unless you are a member of NYS CSEA or you qualify for a waiver. The application form will provide detailed information on how to qualify for the fee waiver.

Additional Information

The Correction Officer Exam is administered by the Department of Civil Service, and can be reached at 1-877-697-5627.

A guide to the written civil service exam for entry-level correctional officers can be downloaded here.

The requirements to become a correctional officer in New York City differ from those in New York State.

References:

http://www.cs.ny.gov/

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9 Responses to Correctional Officer Requirements for New York

  1. Christian Duvall July 2, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Are there visual requirements ?

  2. Tricia September 5, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    What are the visual requirements during the medical exam? I found out after submitting my $75 for the Police Officer exam that the vision in one of my eyes was insufficient and declined further processing. I just want to avoid wasting more time and money applying for a position that is going to deny me for the same reason.
    Thanks.

  3. Tapanga January 23, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    is there any specific rules on visible tattoo’s?

  4. Tynisha January 30, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    This may be a silly question, but is wearing glasses a problem on becoming a correctional officer?? another question..do we have an option to choose which prison or borough to work in??

  5. Cheryl March 8, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Is there a cut-off age to apply for the correctional officer exam?

    • Essence October 15, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Yeah, I believe it’s 36.

  6. Ana Q. March 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    The cut off age is 21, check out the website that this site gives you its a .gov website which is very informative. My husband is looking to become a correctional officer and sadly we just missed the deadline, will be looking out for the next exam opened.

  7. Priscilla May 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    If the minimum age to take the exam and training is 21, then what is the “maximum” age a person can be to take it?

  8. Ryan June 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    What’s the tattoo policy for nysdoc?

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