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Page Title: Professional Certification Program

Certification Acceptance and Examination

In this Section:

  1. What is the Process for Acceptance and Examination?
  2. When and where are CCP examinations offered?
  3. Does ACA offer any resources or assistance?
  4. What is ACA’s Code of Ethics?
  5. Can Certification be revoked?

What is the Process for Acceptance and Examination?

Step 1

The application process is the first step toward becoming a Certified Corrections Professional. To process your application, we need you to complete and submit the following items:

  1. Your Application
  2. The Declaration Form
  3. Your Payment

Click Here to Access the CCP Application, Declaration Form, and Payment Information

Mail to:

Certification Manager
American Correctional Association
206 North Washington St. Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax to:

Certification Manager
American Correctional Association
Email to:

Certification Manager
American Correctional Association

Step 2

Your application may take up to two weeks to be processed. Thereafter, via email, you will receive:

  1. Exam registration number
  2. Details of your exam (date, time and location)
  3. Proctor’s contact information
  4. Exam Study Guide
  5. Certification Handbook

An incomplete application will result in a delay in processing your application.

Step 3

Candidates who pass the exam will become Certified Corrections Professionals (CCP). A letter will be sent confirming your status as a CCP along with a certificate, sample press release, a supervisor notification form, and a certified pen. CCP’s will be recognized in Corrections Today, ACA’s magazine published six times per year.

When and where are CCP examinations offered?

Click Here to View the Time and Location information for upcoming CCP Examinations

The list of exam sites is updated twice a month.

Does ACA offer any resources or assistance?

To help you with your CCP exam, ACA offers a Certification Handbook and an Exam Study Guide! Click the links below to access these documents.

Click Here to View the Certification Handbook

To order the materials listed in the Study Guide from the ACA Store, click the link below or call 1-800-222-5646

Click Here to Access the ACA Store

What is ACA’s Code of Ethics?

Certified Corrections Professionals (CCPs) are expected to display unfailing honesty, respect for the dignity and individuality of human beings, and a commitment to professional and compassionate service. To this end, CCPs must adhere to the American Correctional Association’s Code of Ethics.

RESPECT and protect the civil and legal rights of all individuals.

TREAT every professional situation with concern for the welfare of the individuals involved and with no intent to personal gain.

MAINTAIN relationships with colleagues to promote mutual respect within the profession and improve the quality of service.

MAKE public criticism of their colleagues or their agencies only when warranted, verifiable, and constructive.

RESPECT the importance of all disciplines within the criminal justice system and work to improve cooperation with each segment.

HONOR the public’s right to information and share information with the public to the extent permitted by law subject to the individuals’ right to privacy.

RESPECT and protect the right of the public to be safeguarded from criminal activity.

RESPECT from using their positions to secure personal privileges or advantages.

REFRAIN from allowing personal interest to impair objectivity in the performance of duty while acting in an official capacity.

REFRAIN from entering into any formal or informal activity or agreement which presents a conflict of interest or is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of duties.

REFRAIN from accepting any gifts, service, or favor that is, or appears to be, improper or implies an obligation inconsistent with the free and objective exercise of professional duties

DIFFERENTIATE, clearly, between personal views/statements and views/statements made on behalf of their agency.

REPORT to appropriate authorities any corrupt or unethical behavior in which there is sufficient evidence to justify review.

REFRAIN from discriminating against any individual because of race, gender, creed, national origin, religious affiliation, or any other type of prohibited discrimination.

PRESERVE the integrity of private information; refrain from seeking information on individuals beyond what is necessary to implement responsibilities and perform their duties; refrain from revealing non-public information unless expressly authorized to do so.

MAKE all appointments, promotions, and dismissals following established civil service rules, applicable contract agreements, and individual merit, rather than personal interest.

RESPECT, promote, and contribute to a work place that is safe, healthy, and free of harassment in any form.

Can Certification be revoked?

Certified Corrections Professionals (CCPs) are expected to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and present themselves as role models for their positions. CCPs who are involved in any of the following situations will have his/her certification revoked.

  • Violation of the ACA Code of Ethics
  • Conviction of any crime
  • Demotion for disciplinary reasons
  • Involuntary separation from employment

CCPs will be notified of the revocation of their certification, along with their supervisor or former employer. They will have the opportunity to appeal their revocation to the Certification Commission.

Certified Corrections Professionals who have knowledge of any violations committed by another Certified Corrections Professional should contact the Director of Standards, Accreditation, and Professional Development. Integrity is a hallmark of being certified.

Kelli McAfee
Professional Development
206 North Washington Street
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

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