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COVID 19 Update: To address COVID-19, CDCR has implemented a series of measures to keep staff, correctional officer cadets, and candidates safe during the application, screening, and Basic Correctional Officer Academy.

OPOS has limited the size and number of candidate groups for written exams and physical fitness tests and wearing masks is required, in addition to COVID-19 symptom screening and temperature checks.  The Background Investigation Unit continues to process candidates. Medical examinations are being conducted and online alternatives are being offered for the psychological screening interviews. Candidates will continue to be processed for upcoming academies to meet CDCR hiring needs.

While at the Academy, cadets are verbally screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms and provided touchless temperature checks. All cadets are provided masks that must be worn while on grounds and physical distancing is enforced throughout the Academy. Classrooms and common areas are being cleaned frequently.

Apply for a Correctional Officer position today!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is committed to building an inclusive and culturally diverse workplace. We are determined to attract and hire more candidates from diverse communities and empower all employees from a variety of cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and personal experiences. We are proud to foster inclusion and drive collaborative efforts to increase representation at all levels of the Department.

Becoming a peace officer with CDCR means you are joining a family of dedicated, hardworking men and women responsible for ensuring public safety throughout California. Once you join CDCR, there are many career options you can pursue as a peace officer including Parole, Internal Affairs, Correctional Safety as well as specialized team assignments including Investigative Services Unit, Crisis Response Team, Gang Task Force, and Fugitive Apprehension Team.

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Physical Fitness Test Waiver for Military Candidates

CDCR waives the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for qualified United States military and veteran candidates who provide recent certification of meeting military physical fitness standards. For more information please review the PFT Waiver for Military Candidates web page. All candidates, including military, are required to pass the PFT at the Academy.


Request the Personal History Statement Form (PHS)

Please visit our Background Investigation web page to request the PHS Form (CDCR 1902).