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Florida Community College programs of study

Workforce Certificate

Correctional Officer (5710)

This program gives students a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the line correctional officer. In addition, it gives the students an overview of the other related fields within the criminal justice system. Specific areas in which students will receive instruction include operational procedures, legal aspects of corrections, supervisory practices and related technical skills.

Job Growth: Faster than the average; job opportunities are expected to be excellent.

Average Salary: Median annual earnings for correctional officers in 2002 were $32,670.

This program is accredited by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Application Procedure

As part of the application process, students are required to take and pass the Corrections Officer Basic Abilities Test (COBAT), a driving history check, physical agility testing, drug screening, health physical, medical examination, polygraph, background investigations and oral interview. Students must also be 19 years of age, have a valid drivers license and be an American citizen.


Professional Courses
CJD 0254 Medical First Responder (48/1.5)
CJD 0704 Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics (106/3.5)
CJD 0705 Criminal Justice Weapons (64/2)
CJD 0770 Criminal Justice Legal I/Correctional Officer (46/1.5)
CJD 0771 Criminal Justice Legal II/Correctional Officer (22/.5)
CJD 0772 Criminal Justice Communications/Correctional Officer (42/1.5)
CJD 0773 Criminal Justice Interpersonal Skills I/Correctional Officer (62/2)
CJD 0741 Emergency Preparedness (26/1)
CJD 0750 Interpersonal Skills II (50/1.5)
CJD 0752 Correctional Operations (64/2)

Total Credit Hours: 530 contact hours/17 workforce credits

Upon successful completion of the law enforcement basic recruitment training, students may receive up to 28 hours of college credit depending upon the program of study. To receive this credit, 9 credit hours must be successfully completed at Florida Community College, including CCJ 2488 Ethics in Criminal Justice.

At the discretion of the dean, a waiver of prerequisites for this course may be obtained at the request of an agency or based upon the classes needed of an out-of-state officer entering into the Florida certification program.

Estimated tuition is $920 (for Florida residents as of 7/04).


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