Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Academy

Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Academy
The Indian River State College, Criminal Justice Institute is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct authorized Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission courses. This includes the Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Training Program, or more commonly known as the Corrections Academy. Correctional Officers are responsible for the care, custody, and control of all prisoners placed in county jails or private and state correctional facilities.
The Corrections Academy is a selective admission program.
Please visit the "Selection Center" page for application procedures.  
The Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Training Program consists of 444 hours of training and lasts approximately four months.
This program is generally offered once or twice a year, depending upon student or regional agency demand.
Approximately 4 Months in Length
Generally Meets Monday-Friday
Student-recruits wear academy uniforms and participate in a highly structured and disciplined classroom environment.
The Correctional Officer Academy is not eligible for financial aid.
Applications for the next Corrections Academy are being accepted now.
Please go to the Selection Center section and schedule an appointment to take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) and the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to start the screening process.
This is a selective admission program. Acceptance is based on the successful completion of the selection process.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the time of academy completion.
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have graduated from High School or have obtained a state-issued GED certificate or equivalent, as determined acceptable by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • Possess a valid driver's license. The applicant must have a valid Florida Driver License at the time of the Academy entry.
  • Be of good moral character, as defined in the Selection Center Policy Manual. 
  • Not have been convicted of ANY felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statements as the terms are defined by law, regardless of whether or not adjudication has been withheld. 
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Not have falsified their application or personal history forms.
  • Not have used marijuana for one year prior to application. 
  • Not have ever used, transported, grown, manufactured or sold any illegal substance other than the marijuana exception as previously noted. 
  • Not have had a suspended driver license for three years prior to application (unless the suspension/revocation was due to an administrative error or financial error.
  • Other eligibility requirements are defined in greater depth in the Selection Center Policy Manual.
  • Successfully pass the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) and Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
Successful completion of the Corrections Academy opens the door for many correctional facilities. 
Career Opportunity General Salary Range*
Correctional Officer  $31,583-$56,651
*Salary ranges represent typical starting salaries to highly experienced workers. These ranges can differ depending on city, county, and state.
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