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Frequently Asked Questions


APPLICATION PROCESS

MILITARY CANDIDATES

TESTING PROCESS

WRITTEN EXAM

PHYSICAL FITNESS (PFT) TESTING

PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (PHS)

COMPUTERIZED VOICE STRESS ANALYZER (CVSA) EXAMINATION

LIVE SCAN (Fingerprints)

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

PEACE OFFICER PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION (POPE)

PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL (PEM)

APPEAL PROCESS

COMPLETING THE PROCESS

THE ACADEMY

PROMOTIONS WITHIN PEACE OFFICER


APPLICATION PROCESS

When can I apply for a Correctional Officer with CDCR?

Applications for Correctional Officer (CO) are accepted on a continuous basis. For more information on how to apply please visit our website at www.joincdcr.com.

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When can I apply for a Youth Correctional Counselor and/or Youth Correctional Officer position with CDCR?

Applications for the Youth Correctional Officer (YCO) and Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) are not accepted continuously. CDCR will announce the open application period for YCO and YCC on our website. To receive notification by email please sign up for e-notification located under Peace Officer Career Opportunities at www.joincdcr.com

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What are the minimum qualifications to apply for Correctional Officer, Youth Correctional Officer, and Youth Correctional Counselor?

Please review all of the minimum qualifications to determine if you qualify for the position you are applying for.

Minimum qualifications for CO and Youth Correctional Officer include:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • United States citizenship
  • At least 20 years of age to apply; must be 21 at time of appointment
  • No felony convictions
  • Legally able to own, possess and have custody of a firearm or other weapons authorized by CDCR

Youth Correctional Counselors (YCC) have the above requirements and additional education and/or experience requirements. Please visit our website at www.joincdcr.com for more information on YCC minimum qualifications.

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Can you send me a Correctional Officer application?

The application for Correctional Officer, Youth Correctional Officer, and Youth Correctional Counselor is an online process. Please visit our website at www.joincdcr.com for information on how to apply online. An application submitted in any other method will not be accepted.

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Who do I contact if I have a question about the application?

Please contact our Customer Service Team at (866) 232-5627 or via email at CustomerService.OPOS@cdcr.ca.gov Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, excluding State holidays. You may also contact your local testing center below:

Northern Selection Center
(916) 255-1025 (Sacramento)

Central Selection Center
(559) 445-6141 (Fresno)

Southern Selection Center
(909) 944-6697 (Rancho Cucamonga)

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What if I require reasonable accommodation?

Please contact your regional testing center to work with the testing manager to obtain the required documentation for reasonable accommodation. The phone numbers to regional testing centers are listed below.

Northern Selection Center
(916) 255-1025 (Sacramento)

Central Selection Center
(559) 445-6141 (Fresno)

Southern Selection Center
(909) 944-6697 (Rancho Cucamonga)

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What if I have not received an email?

Make sure your correct email address is on file with CDCR and that cdcr.ca.gov is on your safe sender’s list so emails from CDCR are not directed to your “junk” and “spam” mail. Check your junk and spam folders periodically for emails from CDCR.

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What if I encounter computer problems while completing/submitting my application?

It really depends on what the specific computer problem is. Make sure you follow the directions carefully. Some forms cannot be submitted until the entire form is filled out in the correct format. Warning messages may pop up. If you receive a warning message, it is imperative you follow the instructions outlined in the message to proceed. If you are experiencing issues with submitting an application online, please provide the information below to our Selection Support Section via email at Selection Support:

  • Full Name
  • Tracking Number (if applicable)
  • Date of Birth
  • Error Message (if possible)
  • Contact Information

If you are experiencing issues submitting a form to us, please contact us at (866) 232-5627.

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Does my application expire?

No, your application does not expire but your list life eligibility is valid for only 24 months from the date you pass the written examination. Service members ordered to active duty can have their list life extended by contacting Customer Service at CustomerService.OPOS@cdcr.ca.gov.

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Why does the hiring process take so long?

Civil Service law requires that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation administer competitive examinations for all qualified applicants based on each applicant’s education, work and legal history. California Government Code Section 1031 and Penal Code Section 13601 outline additional requirements for peace officers, where candidates must pass drug screenings, physical tests, psychological exams, and medical exams, and thorough background investigations before being hired. All of these steps take time. Please click Selection Components for more information.

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Can I transfer to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation directly from a police or sheriff's department?

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation does not accept direct "lateral" transfers from other law enforcement agencies. However, having prior law enforcement experience may be helpful as candidates go through the selection process.

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How will OPOS contact me about scheduling appointments, additional information needed and Academy offers, etc.?

Candidates are required to have a personal email account. All notification from the Office of Peace Officer Selection will be sent to your email address. This includes appointments for any of the selection components. Please ensure to add cdcr.ca.gov to your safe senders list. If you do not have access to an email account, you may visit any public library and establish a free email account from Yahoo, Google or any other email system.

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Whom do I notify if I move, change my telephone number, etc.?

To make changes to your contact information, please fill out the Change of Information (OPOS 30A) form and email it to our Customer Service inbox: CustomerService.OPOS@cdcr.ca.gov. You will need to save a copy of the form to your desktop first and then send it as an attachment. Be sure to include your name and ID number. The Change of Information form can also be mailed to:

  • Mail: Office of Peace Officer Selection.
  • ATTN: Testing Unit
    10000 Goethe Road, Suite B
    Sacramento, CA 95827

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Does OPOS conduct the Parole Agent and Youth Authority Exams?

No, OPOS does not conduct the Parole Agent or Youth Parole Agent examination. Please contact the Office of Workforce Planning for further assistance at (916) 322-2545.

OPOS only conducts examinations for Correctional Officer, Youth Correctional Officer, and Youth Correctional Counselor. After the written examination, all CDCR peace officer classifications are processed by OPOS.

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If I fail the Correctional Officer selection process, are there other career opportunities available?

Yes, for more information regarding other CDCR employment opportunities, please visit our webpage at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Career_Opportunities/.

For information about other jobs with the State of California, please visit www.calhr.ca.gov.

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MILITARY CANDIDATES

How do I apply for Veteran’s Preference?

To apply for Veteran’s Preference please visit the California Human Resources’ (CalHR) website at https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHRPublic/Landing/Veterans.aspx. You will be required to complete the CalHR1093 request form and submit it along with a COPY of your DD214 Report of Separation. Please call CalHR at (916) 324-0455 for questions about applying for Veteran's Preference. After you receive notification from CalHR awarding you Veteran's Preference, you must send a copy of the award notification to our office by:

  • Fax: 916-255-0530
  • Email: CustomerService.OPOS@cdcr.ca.gov
  • USPS Mail: Office of Peace Officer Selection
    • ATTN: Testing Unit
      10000 Goethe Road, Suite B
      Sacramento, CA 95827

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What if I am unable to make my test date due to my military obligation?

If you are unable to test due to military duty or deployment, you must submit official documentation supporting your military obligation before you can be rescheduled. Candidates can submit documentation by:

  • Fax: 916-255-0530
  • Email: CustomerService.OPOS@cdcr.ca.gov
  • USPS Mail: Office of Peace Officer Selection
    • ATTN: Testing Unit
      10000 Goethe Road, Suite B
      Sacramento, CA 95827

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TESTING PROCESS

After I apply what happens next?

After applying, you will receive an email notification from OPOS within 7-10 business days with your written examination date. If you are successful on the written examination you will receive another notification with your Physical Fitness Test date. Please remain patient and regularly monitor your emails.

If you need additional assistance or have further questions, please contact our customer service team at (916) 255-1025 or call your regional testing center.

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How long does the process take? What are the steps?

The process varies from candidate to candidate; however, it is common for the entire process to take 12 to 18 months. The selection process consists of 5 main components as follows: The Written Examination; Physical Fitness Test, Background Investigation; Pre-Employment Medical Examination; and Psychological Screening. All of the main components have smaller elements within them. Please click Selection Components for more information.

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Where are the testing locations?

Testing sites are located regionally in Northern (Sacramento), Central (Fresno), and Southern (Rancho Cucamonga) California. Candidates are notified via email of their test date and location. You will be scheduled to test at the closest testing center to your residence. Be sure to read the email notice completely to know what items to bring and what is expected of you at the respective testing location. See map to Testing Locations.

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Is there an accelerated testing process for candidates in the military or who are from out of state?

CDCR does not offer accelerated testing to accommodate one group of candidates over another. However, candidates with approved Veteran’s Preference are moved into rank one. Out of state candidates do complete the written examination and the physical fitness test within a two-day period to reduce the number of trips to the testing center.

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What is the difference between withdrawing from the process and being eliminated?

Withdrawing from the selection process is by candidate choice and is requested by submitting a Request to Withdraw form to CustomerService.OPOS@cdcr.ca.gov. If a candidate becomes interested in applying for the same Correctional Peace Officer classification at a later date, a new application must be submitted. Candidates who submit a ‘Request to Withdraw’ are not required to wait to reapply.

Elimination during the testing process may occur for any number of reasons varying from missing a testing date to a disqualification after a failed examination. Elimination is not by candidate choice. If eliminated, candidates must wait 6 or 12 months, depending on the component eliminated from, before they are eligible to reapply for the same Correctional Peace Officer classification.

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WRITTEN EXAM

How can I prepare for the Written Exam? What can I study?

The best way to prepare for the Written Examination is to view the CO/YCO/YCC Sample Test that can be found on our website. Although the questions are different, candidates can gain a sense of what analytical skills will be expected of them, as well as an idea of certain scenarios Correctional Peace Officers encounter on a daily basis. Correctional Officer examination prep books are available online and at bookstores and may benefit some candidates.

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Can I reschedule my Written Exam? How do I do this?

The reschedule policy allows candidates to be rescheduled for the Written Examination or the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) by logging into their account on the Peace Officer Application and Scheduling System (PASS), provided they self-reschedule at least five (5) days before their scheduled test date. If a candidate elects to reschedule within the five (5) day period before their scheduled test date, he or she must contact their Regional Testing Center (RTC) on or before their scheduled test date to reschedule. Candidates who contact their RTC after their scheduled test may be eliminated and will not be eligible to reapply for 6 months.

Reschedule exceptions include:

  • Documented emergencies (car accident, hospitalization, family death etc.)
  • Military Orders
  • Candidates that were not notified of appointment

How do I find access to my online account?

To retrieve your log in information, please refer to the first email you received after applying. The email will contain both your User Name and Password.

(Candidate Sample Log In)

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Who do I contact if there is an emergency that prevents me from taking an exam?

Candidates who encounter an emergency that prevents them from attending a scheduled written examination or physical fitness test will not be disqualified provided they call the Office of Peace Officer Selection Customer Service Unit within five business day of their scheduled examination at (866) 232-5627. Candidates should be prepared to advise OPOS staff of the nature of the emergency and provide substantiating documentation (vehicle repair bill, medical appointment notice, etc). Candidates who do not follow up on their missed appointment will be eliminated.

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How soon will I know my examination results?

Candidates will receive examination results within 1-3 business days via email. Candidates should check their email frequently as this is our main method of communication.

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What happens if I do not pass the Written Examination?

Candidates failing the Written Examination will be eligible to reapply six (6) months from the date of their disqualification.

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PHYSICAL FITNESS (PFT) TESTING

How can I prepare for the Physical Fitness Test (PFT)?

Candidates are encouraged to engage in a physical fitness program designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. Watch and review the Sample PFT Video.

Candidates who work out regularly and are in good to excellent condition generally do very well on the PFT. Candidates who do not work out regularly may require six to twelve weeks, or more, of regular cardio and weight training prior to taking the PFT. Consult a medical professional prior to beginning any exercise program.

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What is the location of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT)??

The PFT is held in three regions of California; Northern (Sacramento), Central (Fresno), and Southern (Rancho Cucamonga). Candidates are notified of their PFT testing date via email. Candidates will be scheduled to take the PFT in the same region as their Written Examination. See map to Testing Locations.

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What do I need to wear/bring for the Physical Fitness Test (PFT)?

For the PFT, candidates should dress in athletic workout attire and be ready to participate in physically demanding activity. Candidates must have a valid form of ID and bring any required documents mentioned in the scheduling notification. Cell phones are not permitted in the testing area, please leave them in your vehicle.

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Can I reschedule my Physical Fitness Test (PFT)?

The reschedule policy allows candidates to reschedule for the Written Examination and the Physical Fitness Test by logging into their account on the Peace Officer Application and Scheduling System, provided they self-reschedule at least five (5) days before their scheduled test date. If a candidate elects to reschedule within the five (5) day period before their scheduled test date, he or she must contact their Regional Testing Center (RTC) on or before the scheduled test date to reschedule. If the candidate contacts their RTC after the scheduled test date the candidate may be eliminated and will not be eligible to reapply for six (6) months.

Reschedule exceptions include:

  • Documented emergencies (car accident, hospitalization, family death etc.)
  • Military Orders
  • Candidates that were not notified of appointment

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Who do I contact if there is an emergency that prevents me from taking the PFT?

Candidates who encounter an emergency that prevents them from attending a scheduled written examination or physical fitness test will not be disqualified provided they call the Office of Peace Officer Selection Customer Service Unit within five business day of their scheduled examination at (866) 232-5627. Candidates should be prepared to advise OPOS staff of the nature of the emergency and provide any available substantiating documentation (vehicle repair bill, medical appointment notice, etc). Candidates who do not follow up on their missed appointment will be eliminated.

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What happens if I fail a portion of the Physical Fitness Test?

The Physical Fitness Test is a single, pass/fail event. Candidates failing to finish the full course in 5:05 or less will be disqualified and will be eligible to reapply in 6 months.

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PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (PHS)

What do I need to bring for my Pre-Investigatory Interview?

Candidates must bring a valid form of identification. Candidates are required to wear business attire and are encouraged to review their PHS prior to this interview.

What documents need to be included with the PHS?

The following documents are required to be included with the PHS:

  • Certified United States Birth Certificate or Original Naturalization Certificate
  • Documents reflecting any name changes from your Birth Certificate. This includes marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court adoption documents, etc.
  • Certified and Sealed High School Transcripts or Certified proof of GED or passing California High School Proficiency exam
  • Certified and Sealed College Transcripts from any colleges or universities attended.
  • DD214 Military Discharge documents (Member 4, long form) if you served in the Military.
  • Copy of current/valid automobile insurance
  • Current (dated within 30 days of turning in documents) Credit Report from one of the following:
    • Experian
    • Equifax
    • TransUnion
  • Professional License or Credential (if applicable to position)

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What if my PHS is not completed?

PHS documents must be typed; handwritten documents will not be accepted. Incomplete, handwritten, or missing documents will result in a 15 Day Notice being issued. Noncompliance with the 15 Day Notice may result in elimination from the process. If a candidate receives a 15 Day Notice and is having difficulty providing the required documents, they should contact the investigator named on the 15 Day Notice.

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What information on the PHS can exclude me from the process?

Thoroughness and accuracy are required when completing the PHS. All information will be verified for truthfulness during the CVSA process. Deliberate omissions of information on the PHS may result in elimination from the selection process.

Examples of disqualifying information include: felony conviction, current firearm prohibition, currently on probation, or an active criminal warrant.

Examples of possible disqualifying factors that could be discovered during the background investigation and require evaluation on a case by case basis include: misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic law violations, failure to appear, driver’s license suspensions, driving under the influence, failure to comply with legal obligations, negative employment history, and substance abuse.

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Do PHS documents have to be originals or can they be copies?

Candidates must submit original documents reflecting their citizenship status (e.g. birth certificate, naturalization form, or U.S. Passport) and a copy. The copy will be verified and retained for the background file, the original will be returned. Transcripts must also be certified originals and remain sealed from the school. Transcripts will not be returned.

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What if I haven’t received my transcript?

Missing transcripts will result in a 15 Day Notice being issued. Noncompliance with the 15 Day Notice may result in elimination from the process.

To obtain transcripts, it is important that you contact your high school and/or college registrar. It can take the registrar 24 to 48 hours to process the transcripts, and sometimes several weeks to arrive by mail. It is important that candidates request these documents as early as possible. Transcripts are a required document and they must be certified and sealed.

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How do I get my PHS notarized?

Most UPS and FedEx offices have a Notary service. It is also frequently available at banks and insurance agencies. Notary service typically costs about $15. Candidates must have the release form, page 4 of the PHS, notarized.

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Are my PHS documents returned if I fail the background investigation?

No, only original proof of citizenship documents will be returned if on file.

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Does it matter if I don’t have any credit on my credit report?

No, a credit score or the establishment of credit is not a minimum qualification for an entry-level peace officer position. However, each candidate is still required to submit a credit report.

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COMPUTERIZED VOICE STRESS ANALYZER (CVSA) EXAMINATION

What is CVSA?

As part of the Background Investigation process, all candidates will be required to submit to a CVSA examination. The CVSA examination is used to verify the truthfulness and accuracy of information submitted by candidates regarding, but not necessarily limited to; use of controlled substances, driving history, criminal history, employment history, and other suitability factors.

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LIVE SCAN (Fingerprints)

Why am I fingerprinted?

Government Code section 1030 requires that each candidate be fingerprinted as part of the Background Investigation. Each fingerprint in scanned into a computer database at the Department of Justice and checked against criminal records nationwide. Information received may include charges that have been dismissed.

When am I fingerprinted?

Candidates will be Live Scanned after they have successfully completed the CVSA examination.

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BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

How do I find out who my background investigator is?

You will be contacted by your investigator via phone and/or email when your file is assigned.

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I have been assigned a background investigator, can I contact them?

If assigned to a background investigator, you are required to contact your investigator to update information on employment, legal issues, major life changes or other background related issues. Failure to keep your investigator updated on the above items may result in elimination from the selection process. You should not contact your investigator to check the status of your investigation.

If you have questions regarding the background process but have not been assigned a background investigator, please contact the regional Background Investigation Unit. Visit our website at:www.joincdcr.com and see Contact Us, for your specific region.

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Does CDCR consider marijuana an illegal drug?

Marijuana is listed as a Schedule 1 drug under the United States Code Controlled Substances Act and has no accepted medical use under federal law. Any candidate for a state civil service peace officer class who is discovered to have used a drug listed as Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 under the Controlled Substances Act, including marijuana used for medicinal or recreational purposes, may be eliminated from the peace officer selection process depending on the recency of use and drug/s used.

Federal law prohibits those who use marijuana from possessing any firearm or ammunition.

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I was convicted of a felony, which was later expunged. Can I still become a Correctional Officer?

Any person convicted of a felony (or of a crime in another jurisdiction that would be a felony in California) is prohibited from employment as a California peace officer [Cal. Govt Code§1029(a)]. With few exceptions, this prohibition holds even if the conviction was sealed, expunged, or set aside. It may also apply to any convictions that were subsequently reduced to a misdemeanor occurring on or after January 1, 2004.

Proceedings under juvenile court are generally not considered to be a criminal conviction under GC §1029 unless the individual was certified, tried, and convicted as an adult. Therefore, juvenile convictions are not included as a legal bar to appointment as a peace officer. For more information, please see the Peace Officer Eligibility after Conviction and Restoration chart.

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Am I notified when I clear Background Investigation?

You will be notified via email when you clear the Background Investigation process.

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PEACE OFFICER PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION (POPE)

What is the POPE Process?

Government Code Section 1031(f) requires peace officer candidates to be found free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect their ability to perform the essential functions of a peace officer.

To evaluate a candidate’s psychological suitability, the candidate will participate in a written Psychological Evaluation which consists of three components: two written personality tests; the Psychological History Questionnaire; and, an interview with a psychologist.

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Where do I go for the Psychological Evaluation?

The written components of the evaluation and the psychological interview are normally conducted at the same office where your written examination was administered

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How long is the Psychological Evaluation process?

The written components of the Psychological Examination are typically administered two weeks after you receive your Background Investigation clearance. The psychological interview is normally scheduled about 6-8 weeks later. The duration of completing the psychological component will vary between each candidate depending on case complexity and the need for treatment records from previous providers.

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PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL (PEM)

What is the (PEM) process?

The PEM is a comprehensive physical examination conducted by licensed physicians under contract with CDCR to evaluate each candidate’s overall physical health including vision, color vision, hearing, blood work, Respiratory FIT mask test, and a urinalysis drug screening.

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Where do I go for the PEM exam?

The PEM is scheduled in clinics located in major metropolitan areas of California from Redding, located in Northern California to San Diego located in Southern California.

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What is the Vision Test?

The Vision Test checks each candidate’s visual acuity to verify they have 20/20 vision in each eye and they meet the Departments color vision standards. Candidates who do not have 20/20 vision in each eye require a written certification from their optometrist or ophthalmologist stating their vision is correctable to 20/20 in each eye.

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If my eyesight was surgically corrected will I be eligible to go through the selection process?

Yes, however, your refractive eye surgery must have been completed six months prior to your CDCR vision examination. If you wear or need to wear corrective lenses, you must complete the Peace Officer Vision Verification form (OPOS 201) and bring the completed form to your Vision Test.

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If I wear glasses or contact lenses can I still be a Correctional Officer?

Yes, if your vision is corrected to 20/20 in each eye and your uncorrected vision is no worse than 20/60 in each eye you can meet the Department’s acuity vision standards by wearing glasses. If your uncorrected vision is worse than 20/60 in either eye and you are correctable to 20/20 in each eye you can meet the vision acuity standards by wearing soft contact lenses. If you use vision correction you must complete the Peace Officer Vision Verification form (OPOS 201) and bring the completed form to your Vision Test. Wearing your glasses or contact lenses will be a “condition of employment” if you are hired, meaning you must wear them when on duty.

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APPEAL PROCESS

Do candidates have appeal rights? What is the process?

If a candidate is eliminated from the selection process and disagrees with the decision, they have the right to appeal to the State Personnel Board within 30 days from the date of the elimination notice. Candidates may submit their appeal online through the State Personnel Board, Appeals Division (SPB-AD) website at https://appeals.spb.ca.gov by selecting the ‘Appeals’ tab and then following the prompt. If candidates prefer to submit their appeal in writing via mail, please address correspondence to the SPB-AD, 801 Capitol Mall, MS-22, and Sacramento, CA 95814. Candidates should include a copy of their elimination notice with their request for appeal. Candidates may also telephone the Appeals Division at (916) 653-0799 for additional information.

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COMPLETING THE PROCESS

How long will it take for the entire hiring process?

Generally, it takes 12 to 18 months for completion of the hiring process, but may take longer depending on process times, if treatment records are needed, and institution/facility vacancies.

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What is the next step after completing all selection components?

After completing all selection components your name will be placed on the certification list. Offers of employment are made, by written examination score order, to candidates whose name appears on the certification list.

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Can I choose the prison or facility that I want to work at?

Candidates are given the opportunity to provide their institution preferences; however, candidates receive offers of employment for the institution(s) with the greatest hiring need. Every effort is made to keep candidates as close to their current residence as possible, but relocation or long commutes may be necessary.

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THE ACADEMY

How long is the Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA)?

The Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA) is 13 weeks and is located in Galt, CA. If you have further questions about the Academy please call (209) 744-5000 or go to www.cdcr.ca.gov/career_opportunities/por/Cadets.html or www.cdcr.ca.gov/career_opportunities/por/AcademyLife.html.

The Basic Correctional Juvenile Academy (BCJA) is 16 weeks long and is located at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Training Academy.

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When I report to the Academy, will I have to buy anything? What do I need to bring? What clothing/gear are needed for the Academy? Can I purchase needed items prior to the Academy? Do I have to stay at the Academy or can I go home?

This information is available in the Cadet Handbook located on our website at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/career_opportunities/por/AcademyFormsB2.html .

This handbook needs to be printed out and brought with you to the Academy on the first day for the registration process.

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Does academy count towards any units if you are a criminal justice major?

Yes, cadets can receive college credit for the BCOA 13 week academy only. The college has the authority to decide IF they will grant credits, and they have the authority to determine how many credits will be awarded.

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Do I get paid while I am in the academy?

Yes, please visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/career_opportunities/por/documents.html to view the pay benefits brochure.

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What if I need a Reasonable Accommodation?

If you have a disability or impairment for which you need an accommodation to perform the essential functions required of a Correctional Officer Cadet while attending the Academy, you need to notify OPOS in writing no later than four weeks prior to your scheduled academy start date. Your written request must state the type of accommodation required and be accompanied by medical documentation from your physician. Failure to notify OPOS as required could result in dismissal from the Academy and termination of your appointment.

If OPOS has made the determination that you meet medical guideline requirements and they have set upon you conditions of employment (i.e, corrective lenses, insulin, etc.), you must report to the Academy with these items or you will be sent home. If you bring any injectable medications and/or syringes onto Academy grounds, they must be declared to the Watch Sergeant, as security precautions must be taken because there are inmates on grounds.

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PROMOTIONS WITHIN PEACE OFFICER

What are my promotional opportunities once I become a Correctional Officer or Youth Correctional Officer?

  • Promotions from the Correctional Officer / Youth Correctional Officer classification typically follow this chain of command:
    • Correctional Sergeant
    • Correctional Lieutenant
    • Correctional Captain
    • Facility Captain
    • Correctional Administrator (Associate Warden)
    • Chief Deputy Warden
    • Warden
  • Other CDCR peace officer series include:
    • Correctional Counselor
    • Youth Correctional Counselor
    • Parole Agent

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What courses can I take to enhance my Peace Officer Career?

  • If you have not completed a degree program you should look for the following job related courses to be included in a program of your choice:
    • Introduction to Corrections
    • Correctional Writing
    • Concepts of Criminal Law
    • Correctional Interviewing and Counseling
    • Control and Supervision in Corrections
    • Legal Aspects of Corrections
  • Possession of Penal Code 832 (POST) Certifications:
    • PC 832 Arrest, Search & Seizure (Classroom Instruction Certificate)
    • PC 832 Firearms Familiarization (Weapon Qualification Certificate)

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For more information on Peace Officer Career Opportunities, please visit our website at www.joincdcr.com or contact our Customer Service Unit at (866) 232-JOBS (5627), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding State holidays.

For more information regarding other CDCR employment opportunities, please visit our webpage at www.joincdcr.com and refer to the Other Careers and Exams section.

For information about other jobs with the State of California, please visit www.calhr.ca.gov.