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.
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.