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Correctional Officer Requirements for Oregon


Minimum qualifications to become a Correctional Officer for the Oregon Department of Corrections include:

You must be at least 21 years old, a United States citizen, have obtained a high school diploma or GED certificate, and have the ability to possess/obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License. You may not have any felony convictions, and must be eligible to own/possess a firearm.

You are required to meet minimum standards for vision and hearing ability, be in good physical health overall, and be of sound mind mentally and emotionally. Applicants are required to pass a medical physical evaluation.

You are expected to be of good moral character, and your conduct should show no behavior that would cause a reasonable person to significantly doubt your integrity.

To apply to be a Corrections Officer with the Oregon Department of Corrections, you may begin by creating an account at Oregon’s government job website and fill out an online application. Tips for successfully completing an application for DOC positions can be found here.

The Oregon Department of Corrections’ training program, the Basic Corrections Course (BCC), is a year-long series of classes consisting of: online courses, classroom learning, health and fitness classes, force skills training, and a Field Training Evaluation Program (FTEP). You will receive on the job field training and coaching in addition to classroom and online instruction.

More information can be found by visiting odocjobs.com.

4 Responses to Correctional Officer Requirements for Oregon

  1. Chelsey McCarthy May 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    So if I have had what could have been felony charges droped to misdormenors can I still be elegable to become a corrections officer?

    • COTHQ May 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      Without getting into the details of your particular situation, it all depends on what you were charged a misdemeanor for. In your case, you could have a lifetime disqualifier, which would cause your application to be rejected almost automatically, or you could have a discretionary disqualifier. This means that your ability to become a correctional officer would be decided by the Oregon Department of Corrections. The amount of time that has past since your issue occurred also factors in their decision. For more information, and to review details for you specific state, visit the list of Employment Disqualifiers for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

      http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/HR/pages/r_co_disqual.aspx

  2. Brian Goodenough March 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    I am currently living in California, but will be moving to Oregon in a year or so. Would it be possible to apply for a CO position right away? Or would I have to wait a certain amount of time before being able to apply?

    • Kariauna Farber December 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

      I lived in CA but drove to work everyday in Oregon. It doesn’t matter if your an instate worker or not. I finally moved to Oregon a few month back though cuz I got real sick of driving haha, But no, you should be good to go!