Correctional Officer Certificate Program

The next Corrections Officer course will take place in Fall of 2016 August 22, 2016-February 1, 2017 Monday-Friday 4:45 p.m.-10:00 p.m. This will be a night course. For more information, contact Terrell Hendrix at 407.708.2333.

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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:

  • How to deal with emergency situations.
  • Defensive tactics and weapons.
  • How to communicate with the institution's population.
  • How correctional institutions operate.
  • Legal issues.

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.

Why should I take this training program at Seminole State?

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:

  • A thorough selection process.
  • Small class sizes that provide opportunities for individualized training.
  • Instructors that teach traditional law enforcement, with modern techniques and technology.
  • Its adherence to Florida state requirements and regulations.

How do I earn the Correctional Officer Certificate?

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.

How does Florida determine Correctional Officer standards and requirements?

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. 

What are the admissions requirements?

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.

How much does the program cost?

To find information about the fees associated with the program, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.

When is the program offered?

For information about upcoming classes, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.

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Criminal Justice Institute
Fax: 407.322.1309
Office: PS-100
Campus: Sanford/Lake Mary

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