Correction Officers are responsible for the custody and security, as well as for the safety and well-being of incarcerated individuals in New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) correctional facilities, shock incarceration correctional facilities, work release centers and drug treatment campuses. Incumbents are also responsible for incarcerated individuals requiring mental health services and those who require health care at hospitals or health care centers outside of Departmental facilities.

Correction Officer Trainees are required to participate in, and satisfactorily complete, requirements of a 12-month training program before advancing to Correction Officer. As part of the program, you will attend the Correctional Services Training Academy for a minimum 8-week formal training program.

You may find more information on the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision employment and recruitment page(External Link).

Examination Process  

The Correction Officer Trainee examination offers the opportunity to apply and compete in a Department of Civil Service test utilizing an online questionnaire. Applicants can apply below.

In the online questionnaire, a candidate will answer questions regarding their education, certification, licensure, and experience. The information provided in the online questionnaire will be used to review a candidate's qualifications and serves as the test for these titles.

Online questionnaires can be submitted any time. DOCCS will score online questionnaires periodically throughout the year when candidates are needed to fill vacancies. Once added to the eligible list, candidates will have a two-year period of eligibility for appointment from that list. There is a six-month retest policy for this examination program. You can submit an online questionnaire as frequently as every six months.

DOCCS is responsible for reviewing qualifications and adding candidates to their eligible list(s). DOCCS will communicate directly with candidates regarding requests for additional information on qualifications and score notices. In addition, DOCCS will be responsible for canvassing (e.g., inquiring about your interest in the job and location) eligible lists to fill their vacancies.

Questions about eligible list usage, eligible list status, and the hiring process for these positions should be directed to DOCCS. In addition, candidates should contact DOCCS directly with any changes to name, phone number, email, mailing address, or location preferences.

Examination Announcements 

By completing the questionnaire, candidates receive a score for the exam, which will place them on an eligible list for all Corrections Officer Trainee positions available around the state.

How to Apply 

You will need a personal NY.gov ID to apply for this examination(s). If you do not have a personal NY.gov ID, please create an account.(External Link)

If you already have a Civil Service Account, please log on to your account to update your contact information here before applying.

Exam Selection

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Completing the Online Questionnaire  

We recommend that you review the questionnaire in its entirety and collect all the information you will need to complete the questionnaire, including documents related to your education, experience, internships, activities, and certifications. Answer all questions that apply to your education, certification, and work experience as completely and accurately as possible. Save the information entered on each page by clicking on the "Save" button at the end of each section. Review, save, and print your information before submitting the questionnaire.

If you have already completed the application process and need to return to the test to complete and submit your questionnaire, you may visit the Department of Civil Service's Online Questionnaire System.

For questions and answers about completing the online questionnaire, please visit the Corrections Officer Trainee exam frequently asked questions webpage.