Becoming a Correctional Officer & Prison Guard
If you’ve decided that law enforcement is for you, consider becoming a correctional officer for your state, county or the federal government.
The great thing about government jobs is that it’s a lot more secure than private sector jobs. In some instances, especially jobs at the federal level, the pay and benefits are better in all facets.
Becoming a correctional officer, county jailer or prison guard for your state or county takes a lot of mandatory steps before you are sworn in as a certified CO. To be honest with you the entire application process is a long and tedious one.
Requirements To Become a Corrections Officer:
Before you are even allowed to apply for a position in corrections, you must meet the minimum requirements below:
- You must be at least 18 years old (some state require that you be 21)
- You must not have been convicted of a felony
- You must not have been convicted of domestic battery
- You must not have a pending criminal case
- You must pass all pre-employment drug screen
- You must pass the psychological exam
WATCH THE VIDEO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO BECOME A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER:
Additional steps to become a correctional officer (Jailer, Prison Guard, Detention Officer):
Step#1: Civil Service Exam:
You must get a satisfactory score on the correctional officer exam. The higher you score on the exam – the better ( we recommend looking over sample questions and answers at this site)
Step #2: Polygraph Test:
You must pass the polygraph test. The polygraph exam is really tricky. Statistics show that 50% of all people who take the polygraph test – fails it. That’s why we recommend reading How To Pass Your Polygraph beforehand.
Step# 3: Correctional Panel Interview:
You must pass the correctional officer oral board interview. We recommend reviewing situational interview questions at this site. It’s a very good corrections interview prep book.
Step #4: Physical Fitness Test:
You must pass the physical fitness test. Some agencies don’t require a fitness test for their applicants. however a great amount of correctional agencies do. We suggest downloading a comprehensive law enforcement specific workout program here.
Click on the link below to learn more about being a correctional officer in your state: