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Correctional officers are sometimes called detention officers. They work in prisons, jails, reformatories, and penitentiaries. They may also work in courthouses or with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Their job is to oversee, secure, and control individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial, or those who have been convicted and incarcerated.
The Seminole State Criminal Justice Academy's correctional officers program trains students on:
This program prepares students for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) exam. Students cannot be employed as a correctional officer in Florida unless they pass this exam.
Seminole State's Criminal Justice Academy is a state-certified training center that has been preparing students for careers in law enforcement since 1969. The Corrections Officer Academy was founded in 1994, and its success is due to:
To earn the Correctional Officer Certificate, you must complete the curriculum. Earning the Correctional Officer Certificate does not mean you are certified to work as a correctional officer in Florida; you must pass the FDLE exam to earn the certification.
The FDLE determines the primary responsibilities, eligibility requirements, certification and testing requirements, as well as specialized and advanced training for correctional officers. The American Correctional Association (ACA) and the American Jail Association (AJA) are the two nationally recognized organizations that define and set regulations for correctional officers.
Seminole State Criminal Justice Academies are limited-access programs. Students must complete the Seminole State Admissions application process as well as the Criminal Justice Institute application and interview process before gaining acceptance into the program. The admission requirements are outlined on the Criminal Justice Admissions page.
To find information about the fees associated with the program, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.
For information about upcoming classes, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.