In order to qualify to become a correctional officer in the state of Tennessee, you must first successfully meet a set of basic requirements and standards.
The Tennessee Department of Corrections mandates that all applicants be of good moral character. You must also have no convictions for a felony charge or it must be currently discharged. Prior service military personnel must have been discharged under any honorable condition to be eligible.
In addition to the requirements listed below, you will need to have a willingness and ability to qualify, carry, and use assigned weapons. Keep in mind; you will receive the necessary firearms training at the appropriate point in the hiring process.
The basic requirements that a prospective applicant must meet include the following:
- Be 18 Years of Age at the time of application
- Be a U.S citizen
- Have a Valid Driver’s License
- Have a High School Diploma or Educational Equivalent (GED)
- Complete the Criminal History Form & Provide a Fingerprint Sample
- Pass a Physical and Psychological Examination
- Submit & Pass a Pre-Employment Drug Screening Test
Please note that there isn’t a test that must be taken in order to become a correctional officer in the state of Tennessee. You will however be required to complete the Tennessee Correction Academy course of instruction.
This training will take place after you have successfully been interviewed and place for training, if you are selected. The 6-Weeks of training must be completed by new correctional officers prior to assuming their full time duties. The training provided by the Tennessee Correction Academy primarily consists of inmate supervision, firearms qualification, self-defense, mechanical restraints, searches, interpersonal skills, inmate rights, report writing, and interpersonal skills.