Corrections Officer Program Overview
- Certificate Program
- 1 Year
- Both Campuses
The Corrections Officer Certificate Program prepares graduates for jobs in a prison
setting as a corrections officer. Corrections officers ensure the safety and security of incarcerated persons. Correctional officers may be expected to maintain order within the prison institution, enforce rules and regulations, escort
prisoners within the facility and in transit, and supplement counseling and programming for prisoners.
- This program meets and exceeds the State of Michigan requirements for local and state
corrections officers and is certified through the Michigan Correctional Officers'
Training Council. Courses included in this program would allow an individual to qualify
for the 15 semester credits required by the State of Michigan in the Michigan Department
- One year certificate with the option for a one semester Occupational Certificate in
Corrections to prepare students for immediate employment
- Certificate credits can be used toward an Associate degree as well
- Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. MDOC certified courses must be completed
with the minimum grade of a C
- Background investigations for MDOC employment are conducted for most work positions
in this field. The MDOC may screen out applicants who have been convicted of a felony
in accordance with Public Act 191 of 2017. Applicants who have been convicted of a
misdemeanor or felony are ineligible for MDOC employment until satisfactory completion
of any sentence imposed, including parole or probation.
- Drug and alcohol testing for and during employment are conducted for most work positions
in this field.
- MDOC applicants must pass a post-job-offer medical exam, drug screen, and physical
- MDOC applicants must finish an 8-week corrections officer training academy, followed
by 8 weeks of on-the-job training.