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
- Emotional survival/peer support
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 the PAT requirements here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- View our 2021 Fiscal Year class schedule.
CancellationAgency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.
To register an applicant for the Corrections Officers Academy, the following forms must be completed and submitted together. Partial applications will not be accepted, and will not serve as a placeholder for a class.
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.
Completed application packets must be emailed to the registrar at email@example.com.