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Correctional Officer Requirements for North Carolina


The minimum requirements for becoming s Correctional Officer with the North Carolina Department of Corrections: a United States citizen, at least 20 years old, and have a high school diploma or GED.

Correctional Officer Requirements for North CarolinaCorrectional Officer Requirements for North Carolina

You will need to be in suitable physical condition to pass the Correction Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT). The test will consist of a step test, sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, and grip strength.

Disqualifying factors include: No felony or domestic violence convictions. You cannot have been convicted of a serious misdemeanor or on probation within the last three years. A background investigation will check your local/state/national criminal history records, as well as your driving history.

To apply, you can download an application here. After you submit an application, you will be contacted to schedule pre-employment testing. Take your application to one of the following locations:

  • Eastern Carolina Regional Employment Office, 2241 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC 27834. Phone: (252) 756-5501 Fax: (252) 756-4339
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Employment Office, 771 Park Centre Dr, Ste D, Kernersville, NC 27284. Phone: (336) 996-7129 Fax: (336) 996-1692
  • Regional Employment Office, 4205 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699 Phone: (919) 788-5346 Fax: (919) 788-5357
  • Western Foothills Regional Employment Office, PO Box 1946, Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: (828) 757-5601 Fax: (828) 757-5600

The pre-employment test begins with a timed, multiple-choice reading test to check your reading comprehension. During the second part of the test, you will answer multiple-choice questions after watching a video to test your judgment. If you pass the test, your name will be placed on a roster for the correctional facilities you select.

When a position becomes available, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews are with 3-person panels and you will be asked standardized questions. If selected for hire, you will have a physical examination, tuberculosis test, and psychological assessment.

Correctional Officer Basic Training is a four week course where you will learn subjects such as self-defense tactics and firearms training.

For more information, visit the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, or call 1-877-NC BADGE.

3 Responses to Correctional Officer Requirements for North Carolina

  1. Tony Cooper January 3, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Where do you apply for basic training classes or you have to schedule pre test exam?

  2. Thomas wallace April 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I have passed and served as a correction officer in Cayuga county in Ny, I have copies of all my academy certificates, my family and I are looking to relocate to NC to be closer to parents, please let me know what I may need to do to get into the jail/correction dept. thank you

  3. aj July 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Can you become a correctional officer with a dui?

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