Criminal Justice: Correctional Officer

The Criminal Justice: Correctional Officer curriculum contains a broad range of courses designed to equip jailers and guards with the knowledge and understanding of inmate processing, maintaining order in the jail and invoking disciplinary measures when necessary. In addition, a jailer may also perform cell searches for drugs and other contraband, inspect the facility for cleanliness and stand guard during exercise periods. This training program, which may be completed over two semesters, provides jailers and guards with knowledge of emergency procedures, mental health and first aid, defensive tactics and use of force, ethics and legal issues, investigations and personal development, among other items. Also incorporated into this curriculum are the classes required for an individual to meet Tennessee POST requirements.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 1 year (2 semesters)

About Program

This program is divided into two semesters. At the conclusion of this program students will be qualified to work in a correctional setting. Completion milestones are:

  • At the completion of the first semester the student will receive a certificate of “Correctional Officer Apprentice.”
  • At the completion of the second semester the student will receive a certificate of “Master Correctional Officer.”

Professional Accrediting Body

The Tennessee Correctional Institute (TCI), under the authority of TCA 41-4-140, establishes minimum standards for adult local jails, lockups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state. TCI is responsible for educating local correctional staff while providing and monitoring basic certification and annual in-service training for personnel within local adult correctional detention facilities.

TCAT Special Fees

Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)


Correctional Officer Apprentice

Award Type: Certificate
Clock Hours: 450

  • CRJ 000 – 1st semester
    • Worker Characteristics
    •  Technology Foundations
    • Ethics and Legal Issues
    • Def. Tactics & Use of Force
    • Writing and Communication
    • Mental Health and First Aid
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Tennessee Corrections Institute Basic
    • Personal Development
    • Patrol Procedures


Master Correctional Officer

Award Type: Certificate
Clock Hours: 450

  • CRJ 000 – 2nd semester
    • Worker Characteristics
    • Ethics and Legal Issues II
    • Defensive Tactics and Use of Force II
    • Writing and Communication II
    • Mental Health and First Aid II
    • Investigations
    • Human Relations
    • Career Training
    • Criminal Justice System


Total Clock Hours: 900