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Page Title: Professional Certification Program

Application Requirements



In this Section:

  1. What levels of education or experience are required for someone seeking certification?
  2. Once certified, what steps are necessary to maintain Certification?
  3. What are Re-Certification Credits?
  4. What are the requirements for individuals who have retired from a full-time correctional career but maintain work in the field (ex. instructors, consultants, etc)?
  5. How do I apply?

What levels of education or experience are required for someone seeking certification?

Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice

  • Certified Corrections Officer (CCO) and Certified Corrections Officer/Juvenile (CCO/JUV)
    • High School Diploma/General Educational Diploma (HS/GED) +
    • One (1) year work experience in present position at the officer level
  • Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) and Certified Corrections Supervisor/Juvenile (CCS/JUV)
    • Associate Degree + one (1) year work experience in present position at the supervisory level
    • or HS/GED, + five (5) years of full-time corrections experience that includes one (1) year work experience in present position at the supervisory level
  • Certified Corrections Manager (CCM) and Certified Corrections Manager/Juvenile (CCM/JUV)
    • Associate Degree + one (1) year work experience in present position at the managerial level
    • or HS/GED, + eight (8) years of full-time corrections experience that includes one (1) year work experience in present position at the managerial level,
  • Certified Corrections Executive (CCE) and Certified Corrections Executive/Juvenile (CCE/JUV)
    • Bachelor’s Degree + one (1) year work experience in present position at the executive level
    • or HS/GED, + ten (10) years of full-time corrections experience that includes one (1) year work experience in present position at the executive level

Security Threat Groups

  • Certified Corrections Supervisor/Security Threat Group (CCS/STG)
    • Associate Degree + one (1) year work experience in present position at the supervisory level
    • or HS/GED, + five (5) years of full-time corrections experience that includes one (1) year work experience in present position at the supervisory level
  • Certified Corrections Manager/Security Threat Group (CCM/STG)
    • Associate Degree + one (1) year work experience in present position at the managerial level
    • or HS/GED, + eight (8) years of full-time corrections experience that includes one (1) year work experience in present position at the managerial level

Health Care

  • Certified Corrections Nurse/Manager (CCN/M)
    • Associate, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Nursing, or a three-year Nursing Diploma, + Licensed RN, + one (1) year work experience in present position as a correctional nurse manager
  • Certified Corrections Executive (CCE) and Certified Corrections Executive/Juvenile (CCE/JUV)
    • Bachelor's Degree + one (1) year work experience in present position at the executive level
    • or HS/GED, + ten (10) years of full-time corrections experience that includes one (1) year work experience in present position at the executive level
  • Certified Health Services Administrator (HSA)
    • Qualifications:
    • Licensed RN with three years experience; or, Bachelor of Science Degree in a health related field or a Bachelor degree in Business or Health Management; or, Master’s of Science in Administration
    • Minimum of three years experience as a HSA.

    Sample Position Titles for ACA's Certification Exams


    State, Federal and Local Department of Corrections

    Executive:

    • Directors, Secretaries, Commissioners and their Deputies/Assistants of adult/juvenile departments of corrections
    • Wardens, Superintendents and their Deputies/Assistants
    • Regional Directors
    • Directors of Probation Systems, Paroling Authority, Community Corrections and their Deputies/Assistants
    • Regional or District Directors of Field Services and their Deputies/Assistants
    • Division Administrators/Directors, who report to agency executive; such as: Correctional Industries Director, Medical and Program Services Director, Capital Program Director, Director of Human Resources, Budget, or Information Services
    • Sheriffs
    • Jail Administrators
    • Facility Administrator, Detention Director/Superintendent, Probation Director for Juvenile Corrections/Detention

    Manager:

    • Central/Regional Office and Facility Program Chiefs/Department Heads
    • Assistants to the Department Heads
    • Division Administrators/Directors, who report to agency executive; such as: Correctional Industries Director, Medical and Program Services Director, Capital Program Director, Director of Human Resources, Budget, or Information Services
    • Chiefs of Security, Supervisor of Education, Unit Managers, Chief Psychologist, Nurse Managers, Security Threat Group Managers
    • Majors, Captains

    Supervisor:

    • Central/Regional Office Staff, Business Office Personnel; i.e., Accounting, Budget, Legal, Purchasing and/or Contracts Supervisors, Interstate Compact Administrators
    • Human Resources Functions; i.e., Diversity Managers, Labor Relations, and Training Officers
    • Information/Technology Services Supervisors
    • Supervisors of Health Services, Substance Abuse or Victim Witness Programs
    • Food Service or Facilities Supervisors, Maintenance Staff, Recreation Personnel, Industries Personnel
    • Caseworkers, Correctional Counselors, Chaplains, Teachers, Staff Psychologists, Social Workers, Correctional Nurses, Security Threat Group Coordinators, Classification Supervisors, Housing Unit Supervisors, Treatment Coordinators, Victim/Witness Program Supervisors
    • Correctional Supervisors
    • Lieutenants, Sergeants

    Officer:

    • Correctional Officers, Security Officers, Custodial Officers,
    • Corporals, Officers,

    Once certified, what steps are necessary to maintain Certification?

    Certified Corrections Professionals (CCPs) are required to continue their education and training and renew their certification after three years. At the end of this period, CCPs submit:

    1. A Re-Certification Application
    2. A Summary Sheet identifying their Re-Certification credits
    3. Documentation for their Re-Certification Credits
    4. The appropriate Re-Certification fee
    5. Applicant and Supervisor Recertification Declarations

    The Re-Certification Application is included in the Re-Certification Handbook and also may be downloaded here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

    Re-Certification Applications will be processed within 4 to 6 weeks. Once staff have evaluated and approved the application and supporting documents, they will mail CCPs a letter confirming their re-certification, a sample press release, a new certificate and a supervisor notification form. An incomplete application will result in a delay in being re-certified. ACA staff will contact the CP if there is a problem with the application or supporting documents.

    What are Re-Certification Credits?

    Re-certification credits represent the amount of time (in hours) that the CCP was exposed to corrections-related education during the certification period. For more information on the number of re-certification credits needed for specific certifications, consult the Re-Certification Handbook, or click below to access the information online.

    Click here to Learn more about Re-Certification Credits

    What are the requirements for individuals who have retired from a full-time correctional career but maintain work in the field (ex. instructors, consultants, etc)?

    Full-time corrections professionals who retired more than three years ago but continued to be employed in a position related to corrections may apply to become a Certified Corrections Professional. Examples include full-/part-time trainers and academicians.

    How do I apply?

    To apply to become a Certified Corrections Professional, click the link below!

    Click here to Apply to become an American Correctional Association Certified Corrections Professional


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