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Corrections Officer Basic Course Certificate Public Safety Total Hours: 0
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Term Effective: Spring 2012


The Corrections Officer Basic Course program is a Skills Certificate mandated by the State of California and is designed to train the officer in legal and moral issues to ensure the safe, secure and humane environment for those persons who have been legally incarcerated in a jail facility. The certification provided by this program is required by the California State Board of Corrections/ Standards and Training for Corrections. This course exceeds the minimum requirements for entry-level training of adult corrections staff as mandated by Standards & Training for Corrections. Certification is required for Corrections Officers within ninety days of hire. In addition to earning this certificate, completers may need additional qualifying experience and/or to meet specific hiring agency requirements before obtaining employment in this occupational field. Contact the Public Safety Department for more information.

Students in the program will learn numerous skills in supervision, leadership, verbal communication, medical issues and defensive tactics. The field of corrections has been targeted as one of the growth areas for employment.

Certification Note:
Some public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications. Certain criminal violations may disqualify a candidate for certification.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Student will be able to identify and demonstrate major tasks and responsibilities of an adult corrections officer in detention facilities in the State of California as defined in the periodic statewide job analysis; and
  2. student will identify and describe the overall mission of the adult corrections officer and its place in the California criminal justice system as established in state law.

Term Effective: Spring 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2019

Previous Versions:

Corrections Officer Basic Course - effective Fall 2005
Corrections Officer Basic Course - effective Fall 1995

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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