2020-2021 Catalog

Correctional Officer, Career and Technical Certificate

7245: Career and Technical Certificate (420 Clock Hours)

CIP: 43.0102

FL CIP: 0743010200

SOC: 33-3012

This program is designed for students who seek certification as correctional officers. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the state’s certification examination. The program is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302-1489, telephone 850-410-8600.

Learn more about corrections training at CF.edu/PublicService.

View the Academic Pathway for this program at CF.edu/AcademicPathways.

This program is upward compatible with an Associate in Science degree. Contact the Financial Aid Office for clarification of financial aid eligibility.

Admission Criteria

Note: Chapter 790.23 F.S. prohibits the possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person who as a juvenile was found to have committed a delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult until the person is 24 years of age. This would require the applicant to wait until they are 24 to attend the basic recruit training.

To apply for admission into the Correctional Officer or Law Enforcement Officer certificate program, each applicant must:

  • be at least 19 years of age prior to completing the program
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • possess a high school diploma or GED
  • not have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement
  • not have been discharged dishonorably from the military (if applicable)
  • be of good moral character
  • pass a background investigation
  • pass a physical examination by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.), physician’s assistant, or an authorized advanced registered nurse practitioner within six months of the start of class
  • be in good academic standing at College of Central Florida
  • must pass the Corrections version of the Florida Basic Abilities Test, COBAT.

In addition, the applicant must submit:

  1. a copy of scores on the COBAT for Corrections which must be less than four years old (from the start of class)
  2. a completed/signed College of Central Florida Criminal Justice Institute Applicant Questionnaire.

Note: All the above information must be submitted as a package.

Admission to the program will be based on:

  • review of package
  • completed questionnaire
  • medical examination
  • background investigation.


Program Courses

CJK 0300Introduction to Corrections
CJK 0305Communications
CJK 0310Officer Safety
CJK 0315Facilities and Equipment
CJK 0320Intake and Release
CJK 0325Supervising in a Correctional Facility
CJK 0330Supervising Special Populations
CJK 0335Responding to Incidents and Emergencies
CJK 0340Officer Wellness and Physical Abilities
CJK 0031CFirst Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040Firearms
CJK 0051Defensive Tactics

Total Clock Hours: 420