Certificate Type: V.C.
Major Code: CRECT-VC
The Correctional Officer Program includes theory and application for those who wish to work in correctional facilities in Florida. Students successfully completing this program are prepared to take the State Certification Exam administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This is a limited-access program.
- Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
- Be at least 19 years of age;
- Provide an official transcript(s) indicating successful completion of a standard high school diploma or equivalent;
- Submit a completed Law Enforcement/Corrections/Crossover application;
- Have a valid Florida driver's license;
- Have no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statements, or moral turpitude;
- Complete the CJBAT (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test) and achieve the following scores: 79 percent for Law Enforcement and 72 percent for Corrections; and
- Successfully complete a physical fitness assessment.
Priority admission will be given to applicants based on a review of the following areas:
- Education level
- Law enforcement experience
- Military experience
- Driving history
- Criminal history
- Drug use
These areas will be assessed based on a rubric which mearsures applicant's performance in each area.
Total program hours: 420
|CJK0031||First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers|
This course will better prepare prospective officers to apply all applicable First Responder knowledge and techniques to emergency situations. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to give the student basic skills and knowledge needed to operate a firearm safely. Lab fee required.
|CJK0051||Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics|
This course provides physical skills training to basic recruits covering the use of force in controlling subjects and for self-defense. Although there is some classroom instruction, most of this course is physical training. Lab fee required.
|CJK0300||Introduction to Corrections|
This course provides students with an overview of the correctional officer training program and the requirements for becoming a certified officer. It also provides instruction on basic criminal justice values, ethics and a foundational knowledge of the law and the ability to apply that law to specific incidents.
This course provides students with practical communication skills for managing and supervising inmates, giving directions, answering questions and interacting with others in a professional and safe manner. The course includes interpersonal communication, telecommunications, interviewing, note-taking and report writing.
This course provides students with an overview of officer safety and security concerns, identification, manipulation and deception, contraband and searches.
|CJK0315||Facility and Equipment|
This course provides students with an overview and basic knowledge of standard equipment and materials used to keep correctional facilities clean, safe and secure. Students will also learn to identify common problems found when managing equipment.
|CJK0320||Intake and Release|
This course provides students with an overview of the various intake, classification and release processes used by county and state facilities.
|CJK0325||Supervising in a Correctional Facility|
This course provides students with an overview of the role of the correctional officer in the care, custody and control of inmates. Students will also learn the importance of developing supervisory and observational skills, practicing officer safety and following policies and procedures to ensure the safe operation of a correctional facility.
|CJK0330||Supervising Special Populations|
This course provides students with an awareness of special populations and the appropriate responses when interacting with and supervising a variety of individuals that have been grouped together.
|CJK0335||Responding to Incidents and Emergencies|
This course provides students with an awareness and ability to apply knowledge, training and reasonable judgment to ensure the safety and security of all persons at the facility during an emergency.
|CJK0340||Officer Wellness and Physical Abilities|
This course is designed to prepare students to perform the physical duties as a correctional officer through the implementation of a physical fitness training plan and a nutritional component.