Corrections Officer Academy

This 160 hour academy is designed to provide training for employees whose primary job functions are to facilitate the custody, safety and security of adults in jails.  The COA provides participants with the basic knowledge and skills needed for safe and effective service.  Training Coordinators act as coaches and mentors to individuals and the group as a whole.  Professionalism and decorum are encouraged for officers to develop pride and ownership of conduct.  Students are also organized into teams with Team Leaders serving to enhance group performance. Course topics include:

  • Combating manipulation
  • Legal issues
  • Professionalism
  • Emotional survival/peer support
  • Transport
  • Booking
  • Communication
  • Search

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

 

 

In order to attend COA, recruits must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  PAT will occur generally two weeks after selection for a class, and two weeks prior to the start of class.

Agencies, recruits, and prospective applicants can view UPDATED PAT requirements here. View an overview of the new requirements here. See new PAT scoring sheet here. The ability to administer the old and new PAT has been extended to June 30th.

The Legislature has continued the mandated 25% cost share for the Corrections Officers Academy. Agencies will be billed post the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation per RCW 43.101.200.

View our full cost share sheet for mandated and non mandated agencies here.

Serena Anastasio (Basic Training Registrar)

(206) 835-7299

Who can attend our classes?

This academy is open to recruits who have been hired by a corrections agency.  Sponsoring agencies will submit application materials on the recruits' behalf.

Required Equipment

A detailed list of academy equipment required will be distributed to recruits after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the recruits COA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide the recruit with the equipment needed.

Training Officers: If you require a list of equipment in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

Dress Code

PAT uniform requirements will be emailed to training officers upon a recruits' selection for a class.

A detailed list of uniform requirements for the duration of the academy will be distributed to recruits after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the recruits COA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide the recruit with the uniforms needed.

Training Officers: If you would like a list of uniform requirements in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

Regulation

The Corrections Officer Academy must be completed within six months of hire by all full time corrections employees of a city, county, or political subdivision of the state of Washington per WAC 139-10-210, WAC 193-10-220 and RCW 43.101.220.

Mandated agencies: City, County, State Universities, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and Railroad

Non mandated agencies: Tribal Police, Gambling Commission, Liquor & Cannabis Board, WA State Parks & Recreation, Arson Investigators, DNR and Reserves.

Schedule

COA classes are typically held 0715 to 1630 Monday through Friday.

The number of COA classes held per year will vary each year depending on legislative decisions and funding.  The schedules below outline all classes approved for the specified fiscal year.  

Please note: These schedules are subject to change without notice.  Training Officers must read selection notices carefully to ensure they have the correct dates.

 

Cancellation

Agency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.

REQUIRED FORMS

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

Please note that the below application document is for your reference only, as these paper forms are no longer accepted.

Recruits will be placed into the next available slot on a first come, first serve basis.  It is in the agency's best interest to submit a complete application packet upon hire.

Training sessions

Session Session Title Selection Date PAT Test Date Dates & Hours Location Status Downloads
471 COA 2/17/2021 3/3/2021 3/22/2021 - 4/16/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full COA 471 Schedule
472 COA 4/6/2021 4/20/2021 4/26/2021 - 5/21/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full COA 472 Schedule
473 COA 4/28/2021 5/12/2021 5/26/2021 - 6/23/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
474 COA 6/1/2021 6/15/2021 7/1/2021 - 9/10/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
475 COA 9/7/2021 9/21/2021 10/5/2021 - 12/16/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
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