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Corrections Officer Training Program

Interested in a Career in Corrections?

steps to career in corrections

Steps to become a Corrections Officer

1. Meet the educational requirements - must be fulfilled before you can begin the application process

Educational Requirements

You must have an educational background that includes at least :

  • 15 semester (or 23 term) college credit hours in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Educational Psychology, Family Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Social Work or Law Enforcement. See recommended course sequence
    These credits must be earned prior to submitting an application.


  • Possession of 30 semester (or 45 term) college credit hours in any academic or degree prerequisite area meets the educational requirements.
    These credits must be earned prior to submitting an application.


  • Any bachelor’s degree or two years of satisfactory Corrections Officer employment at the state or federal level fulfills the educational requirement.
    These credits must be earned prior to submitting an application.


  • Two years of satisfactory Corrections Officer employment at the state or federal level will fulfill the educational requirement.

* Military Veterans: Training/Education documented on your joint services transcript may satisfy these educational requirements.

2. Complete your MDOC application

Visit the Michigan Department of Corrections website at complete an online application through NeoGov.  You will be asked to provide a copy of your official transcripts upon filing your application.

The application process includes

  1. A criminal history check
    An applicant must provide criminal history information by completing a Department of Corrections Release of Information form and must pass the criminal history check prior to consideration for employment.
    Falsification of information will result in elimination from consideration for hire.

    An individual who has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence cannot be hired. Consideration cannot be given to an applicant who is on misdemeanor probation, has outstanding warrants, or has a controlled substance (drug) related conviction in any jurisdiction, including drug-related military discharges. In addition, an applicant who has been convicted of any other misdemeanor shall not be eligible for employment until one year after satisfactory completion of any sentence imposed, including payment of fines and probation.

  2. An interview
  3. A physical fitness test
  4. A physical exam
  • Once the above steps are complete the applicant will:
  1. Receive a Certificate of Eligibility
  2. Apply for acceptance into the officer training program
  • Upon acceptance to an Corrections Officer Training Academy the applicant must:
  1. Pass a MDOC pre-employment drug screen

Any questions regarding this process should be directed to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Recruitment Section, P.O. Box 30003, Lansing, MI 48909, Phone 517-335-6711 or toll free 888-820-7129.

Further your career with an associates degree in corrections - while working as a corrections officer. Take classes online at MCC or at a convenient college and transfer the credits back to MCC.

Sequential curricular guide can lead you on a path to a success Corrections Career.

Semester 1

14 cr
Certificate of Achievement - Corrections Certificate awarded

Training Program
13 cr

Semester 3
12-13 cr

Semester 4
9 cr
Associates Degree - Corrections AAS awarded

*online at MCC or through a local college and transfer the credits back to MCC to receive your Associates.


July 28, 2015
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