The minimum standards you must meet for becoming an officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections are: high school diploma or GED, minimum age of 21 years old, no felony convictions, valid AZ driver’s license, and proof of United States legal residency.
The hiring process involves preliminary testing and interview, fitness test, background check, medical/physical exam, psychological screening, and drug testing.
To apply to become an Arizona Correctional Officer, you can either apply online here, or fill out the application at this link, and take the form in person to your local or Phoenix recruitment office at: Arizona Department of Corrections, R.U.S.H. Unit, 1831 West Jefferson St, Phoenix Arizona 85007.
You will need to set an appointment for preliminary testing. Expect to spend 2-3 hours at the testing center. You can contact the recruitment office to schedule an appointment at: 1-888-545-RUSH (7874). Bring documents with you to your appointment showing proof of age and U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency i.e., birth certificate, U.S. passport or Immigration for I-1551, high school diploma, and military discharge papers showing type of discharge.
On your testing day you will complete basic paperwork, fill out a 60-question Correctional Officers entrance exam, and complete an oral interview. After you pass the exam and interview, you will be presented with a Conditional Job Offer.
You will receive a background questionnaire to complete and bring back, along with a list of required documents. Once you return these, you will receive a health assessment form detailing instructions for preparation and requirements necessary to pass the Fit-Pro fitness test, as well as details on how to schedule your test. Your background questionnaire will be forwarded to the Background Investigations Unit for processing after you pass the Fit-Pro test.
You will receive a phone call from the Recruitment Unit for Selection and Hiring (RUSH) to schedule your medical/physical after your background investigation has cleared. Upon passing, you will be asked to schedule your psychological exam. After your psychological exam is scored, you will be asked to take a pre-employment drug-screening test.
After satisfactory completion of all above tests, you will be in the hiring pool for the prison location you’ve chosen. When there is an opening at the particular location, you will receive a final job offer and arrangements will be made for you to attend the Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA).