Hiring Process


HOW TO BECOME A
CDCR PEACE OFFICER

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 20 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment to the Academy
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent from a U.S. institution or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate
  • U.S. Citizen or a permanent legal resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship at the time of application
  • No felony convictions and eligible to own/possess a firearm

Desirable Personal Characteristics

There are some important personality characteristics we are looking for in our candidates:

  • Emotional maturity 
  • Neat appearance  
  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Stability
  • Dependability
  • Good judgment
  • Communicates effectively
  • Accepts the role of an authority figure
  • Thinks and acts quickly in an emergency
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Interprets and enforces rules and regulations
  • Willingness to work varying shifts and days

Hiring & Application Process

Hiring Process

There are seven steps to our hiring process. Each step is described in detail. Some steps may include several elements.

Candidates are placed on the certification list after successfully completing all selection components. This certification begins eligibility for correctional peace officer appointments. Generally, it takes 12 months to complete the hiring process after the written exam.

Application Steps

  • 7 Steps

    Start your journey to become a peace officer with these 7 steps.

  • 7-10 business days

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    Correctional officers are respectful of persons in custody, leaders with good social and communication skills, and alert and courageous.

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  • 1-3 Business Days

    Written Examination

    The written exam evaluates grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading comprehension, and basic mathematics. You have one hour and forty-five minutes to complete the 53-question, multiple-choice exam.

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  • 2 months

    Physical Fitness Test

    The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) evaluates strength, endurance, and agility required to perform the essential duties and functions expected.

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  • 3-4 months

    Background Investigation

    The background investigation helps us establish the honesty and integrity of each applicant.

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  • 1-2 months

    Medical Exam and Vision Test

    This comprehensive physical examination checks your overall physical health. It includes vision, color vision, hearing, blood work, a Respiratory FIT mask test, and a urinalysis drug screening.

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  • 1-2 months

    Psychological Exam

    The role of a peace officer can be physically and emotionally demanding. The Psychological Evaluation helps determine how you respond to stressful and challenging situations, and it gives you a better idea of how you might feel in the peace officer role.

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  • 12 to 18 months

    Certification

    After successfully completing all steps, you will be added to a certification list stating that you are eligible to work as a Correctional Peace Officer.

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  • Apply Today

    We are excited for you to apply today!

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