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Local Correctional Officer Training Academy


Correctional Officers are responsible for supervising prisoners, enforcing rules, and maintaining security in local correctional facilities. Delta College’s 160 Hour Correctional Officer Training Academy is approved by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) and will fulfill the training requirement to becoming a Local Correctional Officer.  Because the work of correctional officers involves many security-related situations, including potentially violent ones, employers may favor applicants with law enforcement or military experience. Correctional Officers learn about ethics, safety precautions, and crisis management; they also learn self-defense techniques.

Schedule & Cost

Dates: May 8 - June 6, 2017 (Skip May 26 - May 29)
Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 8am-5pm
(one 13 hour day from 8am-9pm due to Fire Safety Training; TBA)
Location: Delta College Main Campus
Instructors: Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council approved instructors
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2016

Cost: $1299
Course Number: CFA-5105

Course Components

  • Booking and Intake (8 hours)
  • Correctional Law (16 hours)
  • Cultural Diversity (4 hours)
  • Custody and Security (24 hours)
  • Defensive Tactics (40 hours)
  • Ethics in Corrections (2 hours)
  • Fire Safety (12 hours)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED (8 hours)
  • Interpersonal Communications (16 hours)
  • Prisoner Behavior (8 hours)
  • Report Writing (8 hours)
  • Workplace Harassment (2 hours)
  • Stress Management (4 hours)
  • Suicide Awareness (8 hours)


Work Environment

A Correctional Officer will be working within a secure Correctional facility and its enclosed spaces (cells), Court Buildings, operating Prisoner Transport Vehicles on facility grounds as well as the highways of the State in year round weather. The position will require the officer to be able to deal with diverse group of people from all ethnic, economic social, and criminal backgrounds who may be encountered during their shift so strong communication skills are required.

Hiring Standards for a Michigan Local Correctional Officer

Established and Adopted by the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC).

  • Not less than 18 years old. No maximum age.
  • United States Citizen
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Possess a valid operator’s license

For more minimum hiring standards for local correctional officers visit the MSCTC website.


1. Successfully Complete EMPCO Reading/Writing Test and LOCPAT Physical Fitness Test

For details and to register for the EMPCO test visit

For details on the MSCTC LCOPAT Physical Abilities Test visit Delta College's Criminal Justice Training website. To register for this test call 989-686-9176.

2. Submit Program Application

The following items must be completed and submitted by the Registration Deadline:

3. Interview with the Delta College Criminal Justice Training Coordinator

4. Program Approval

5. Admission

Students must go through Admission to Delta College. There are several ways to apply to Delta College. For an admissions application, office hours and other important information please contact the Admissions Office.

1. You may apply online. Select "Non-Academic LifeLong Learning, ND.11000" as your Program of Study.
2. You may also apply in person within the Admissions Office and pick-up the application. Your application will be processed while you are at the college and you will receive your student number.

6. High School Diploma or GED® Test Credential


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