3270 | Correctional Officer

Occupational Certificate

Description of Program:

This program is designed to train you to become a correctional officer in the state of Florida, and it meets the state requirements as approved by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Upon successful completion of this occupational program, you will be eligible to take the state certification examination to become a certified officer. You must attend all sessions of training and score a minimum of 80 percent on all examinations per Administrative Rule.

Special Admission Requirements

You must:

  1. obtain authorization from the Director of Public Service prior to registering for all or part of this program.
  2. possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.
  3. be 19 years of age prior to graduation from the Academy.
  4. be a citizen of the United States of America.
  5. submit to a background inquiry prior to admission (additional fee for fingerprint submission)
  6. not have a record of conviction for any felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or domestic violence.
  7. successfully pass a Basic Abilities Test (additional fee) prior to admission.
  8. complete an Academy Application prior to admission.
  9. pass a physical exam for physical fitness training.
* Weapons and uniforms that meet academy specifications are the student’s responsibility. See academy staff for details.
* You must register for these classes as a “block” of instruction.

Length: 420 contact hours / 14 occupational credits


CJK 0031 First Aid for Criminal Justice 40
CJK 0040 Firearms 80
CJK 0051 Defensive Tactics 80
CJK 0300 Introduction to Corrections 32
  CJK 0305 Communications   40
  CJK 0310 Officer Safety   12
  CJK 0315 Facility and Equipment   12
  CJK 0320 Intake and Release   18
  CJK 0325 Supervising in a Correctional Facility   40
  CJK 0330 Supervising Special Populations   20
  CJK 0335 Responding to Incidents and Emergencies   16
  CJK 0340 Officer Wellness and Physical Abilities   30

NOTE: Courses, hours, and requirements are subject to change as determined and required by the state of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.