Hiring Process

There are 7 steps to our hiring process: Application; Written Examination; Physical Fitness Test, Background Investigation; Pre-Employment Medical Examination; Psychological Screening; and Eligible for Hire. Some of the steps may have smaller elements within them.


STEP 1

Start the hiring process by applying online for the Correctional Officer (CO), Youth Correctional Officer (YCO), and or Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) classification. CO applications are accepted on a continuous basis. YCO and YCC applications are accepted several times a year. After applying, you will receive an email notification within 7-10 business days with your written examination date.


STEP 2

Written Examination

The written examination is designed to evaluate applicant skills in the areas of grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading comprehension, and basic mathematics. The exam is one hour and forty-five minutes and has 53 multiple-choice questions. Candidates will receive examination results within 1-3 business days via email.


STEP 3

Physical Fitness Test

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) evaluates each candidate’s strength, endurance, and agility as required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and functions expected of a CO/YCO/YCC. For more information view the PFT web page.


STEP 4

Background Investigation

The background investigation process consists of a thorough background investigation into each applicant’s past and current employment, residence history, relationships, credit responsibility, criminality, computerized voice stress analysis (CVSA) and fingerprint search.


STEP 5

Medical Exam and Vision Test

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


STEP 6

Psychological Evaluation

To evaluate a candidate’s psychological suitability, the candidate will participate in a Written Peace Officer Psychological Evaluation (POPE) and an Oral Psychological Interview. This evaluation consists of a series of questions candidates respond to based upon their personal preferences.


STEP 7

Eligible for Hire

After successfully completing all of the selection components, candidates are placed on the certification list, which gives them eligibility to be appointed as a Correctional Peace Officer. Generally, it takes 12 to 18 months for completion of the hiring process, but may take longer depending on process times.