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.

Corrections Fiscal Year 2022 Schedule

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

To register an applicant for this Academy, the following attachments must be included: 

  • CJ-1251 Statement of Fitness
  • CJ-1253 Student Liability Release

All forms are available for download below. Note: The below application document is for your reference only. 

Effective May 1st, 2021:

Submitting an incomplete registration request through the Acadis Portal is allowed. However, the request will not be processed until it is completed- it will remain in the queue (Application List) until all prerequisites are attached. Doing this only guarantees a spot in the queue, incomplete requests will not secure a spot in any specific class. Complete registrations are processed into open seats daily on a first-come/first-served basis. Therefore, it is best to submit only complete registration requests, confirming all aspects of the prerequisites are completed, to secure a seat in a class.

Once a request has been submitted through the Acadis Portal, complete or incomplete, only CJTC may make changes to it. Therefore, any prerequisites needing to be attached must be submitted to basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov.

 

Training sessions

Session Session Title Selection Date PAT Test Date Dates & Hours Location Status Downloads
475 COA 9/7/2021 9/21/2021 10/5/2021 - 12/16/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In-Session COA 475 Schedule
476 COA 12/14/2021 12/28/2021 1/12/2022 - 3/24/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
477 COA 3/22/2022 4/5/2022 4/19/2022 - 6/28/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
478 COA 6/14/2022 6/30/2022 7/12/2022 - 9/20/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
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