As a Colorado resident interested in possibly becoming a corrections officer, you are likely interested in knowing everything that your training will likely entail. The truth of the matter is, however, that training is actually quite different for each person, depending upon the exact workplace and the type of formal education (if any) that the person chooses to pursue.
You are actually the one in control and the one who will make many decisions regarding your own training. It’s important, however, to make smart decisions that will increase your chances of being hired in the field, and often choosing the easiest option isn’t the best choice.
Before you even start thinking about training, however, you need to make sure that you are actually qualified to work in the corrections field. Depending upon the specific job for which you apply, you may be required to be either eighteen years of age or older or twenty-one years of age or older.
You also must not have any felony convictions on your record, though no criminal background whatsoever is certainly preferable. You also have to be drug free and in excellent physical and mental health.
If you meet the above qualifications, then the next step is usually to pursue some type of education. Of course, some people do find work in the field with only high school diplomas or their equivalent, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as more and more people are choosing to pursue degrees or formal training of some kind.
Having an education, no matter how minimal, in corrections or a closely related field is your best bet for standing out above the competition and getting hired. You can choose to pursue a degree in psychology, sociology, criminology, criminal justice, and other areas. The more related your degree or training is, the better.
In addition to any training or schooling that you choose on your own, your workplace will also likely make you go through training before you are officially hired. In some cases, however, your education may be enough to get you started in the field.
If you are required to pursue training, it usually involves physical and self defense training, training on dealing with inmates and criminals, and basic training that is directly related to the duties of the job. You must successfully complete this training in order to work.
You should also keep in mind that training is an ongoing process for a corrections professional. You will never stop learning and growing in this field, and will likely be given many voluntary and mandatory opportunities for growth.
You should not look at these as punishments or as inconveniences, but instead as excellent chances to increase your skills and to further your career. If you can work hard and meet the requirements discussed here, then you should enjoy a very long and successful career in the field of corrections. So, don’t wait another second; start today!