To become a correction officer in New York City, you must meet all of the minimum requirements for the position you’ve applied for and also successfully pass the City of New York’s DOC exam for correction officers. The requirements are:
- Be 17 ½ years old by the last date of the application period in order to be administered the correction officer exam and you must be 21 years old in order to be appointed to the position of a Correction Officer.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen, Be able to provide proof of you identity, and be able to speak and to be understood in the English.
- Have a Valid Drivers License and maintain it throughout your employment period.
- Live in the City of New York or the counties of Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland, or Putnam to meet the residence requirement.
There are minimum educational and experience requirements that also must be met under any of the following conditions:
- (Option A): You have a High School Diploma or its educational equivalent and you have completed two (2) years of honorable, full-time United States military service.
- (Option B): You have a High School Diploma or its educational equivalent and you have two (2) years in a position classified as either a Police Officer, a Peace Officer, a Special Patrolman, or a position in Federal Law Enforcement or law enforcement in any other state that is classified similarly to the 3 above stated positions.
- (Option C): You have completed six (6) years of active service in the Reserve forces of either the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Air National Guard and you received an honorable discharge. Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) time does not count towards the 6 years of active service.
- (Option D): You have completed 39 semester credits from an accredited and approved college or university. Additionally, 21 semester credits must be completed, 60 semester credits in total, prior to the conclusion of the academy training, which the academy training itself may satisfy this requirement.
Lastly, in addition to physical, medical and psychological evaluations to determine your ability to perform the duties of the job, prospective correction officers for the city of New York are required to submit to drug testing and a background investigational check. A fee of $75.00 is required for fingerprint screening and processing prior to any appointment to complete the investigation process.
NYC Corrections Officer Exam
$54.00 Application Fee made payable to DCAS (EXAMS). Payments made by Credit, Bank, and Debit cards are discounted by $5.00.
Payment is due on the day of the test.
***Upcoming Test Schedule***
EXAM #4303 – August 1, 2013 – August 31, 2013 EXAM #4311 – October 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 EXAM #4318 – January 2, 2014 – March 31, 2014
EXAM #4327 – April 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014
Testing is conducted at the following DCAS Computerized Testing Centers. Keep in mind that space & seating are limited, so once the centers are at capacity no more candidates will be admitted, so arrive early.
Wednesday– 9:30AM and 5:30 PM
The test consists of a multiple choice, computer based test in which you must achieve a minimum of 70% in order to pass.
The test may involve topics and questioning that include written expression & comprehension, problem sensitivity, memorization, information ordering, spatial orientation, visualization, and induction, deductive, mathematical reasoning.
The requirements to become a correction officer in New York State differ from those seeking to become a corrections officer in New York City.
For more information, visit the City of New York Department of Corrections website.