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CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING ACADEMY
Correctional Officer Certification - Vocational Certificate (COROF-VC)

AREA OF CONCENTRATION: The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as correctional officers. The program includes courses mandated for certification as a correctional officer. Students who graduate from this program would typically work as correctional officers within a county or state correctional facility. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to take the state certification correctional officer examination. (NOTE: Must be 19 years of age by date of employment).

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

This is a restricted entry program based upon special admission requirements established by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Criminal Justice Training Academy, and the Department of Education. Uniforms are required in this Academy structured program. Class size is limited. Students should obtain an academy application package from the Criminal Justice Training Academy well in advance of program start date. Admission requirements include the following:

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • High School diploma or GED (transcript required).
  • Not discharged from Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  • Good moral character and NOT have been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor involving lying or perjury.
  • Physical examination by licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant attesting capability of performing essential functions of the officer position.
  • Submit to and pass background investigation.
  • Passing score on Florida Basic Abilities Test.

All courses in this program must be completed for certificate. A grade of 80% or higher is required to pass each course. Academy classes have specific attendance policies that may differ from the general GCSC attendance policy. For specifics, contact the program manager or the academy recruit manual.

MAJOR COURSES
 
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES ARE REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATION
  COURSES
Credit Hours
Clock Hours
= CJD 0939, C.O. Capstone
0.5v
16
= CJK 0031C, CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
1.3v
40
= CJK 0040C, CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
2.7v
80
= CJK 0051C, CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
2.7v
80
= CJK 0300, Introduction to Corrections
1.0v
32
= CJK 0305, Communications
1.3v
40
= CJK 0310, Officer Safety
0.5v
16
= CJK 0315, Facility & Equipment
0.3v
8
= CJK 0320, Intake and Release
0.6v
18
= CJK 0325, Supervising in a Correctional Facility
1.3v
40
= CJK 0330, Supervising Special Populations
0.7v
20
= CJK 0335, Responding to Incidents & Emergencies
0.5v
16
= CJK 0350, Officer Wellness and Physical Abilities
1.0v
30
 
TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS
14.4v
436
 
After completing the correctional officer training and passing the state examination, students may continue their education by completing the Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology.
 
+ Prerequisites required.

# Applies only to A.S. degree, and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.