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As a Corrections Officer, you supervise arrested persons awaiting trial and convicted criminals serving time, enforcing policies and rules to ensure order and security.

In this program, you will:

  • Study all of the required elements established by the Michigan Correctional Officers’ Training Council.
  • Be prepared for a position in a federal, state, local, or private correctional facility.

Successfully completing this certificate will prepare you to sit for the Civil Service test required for employment by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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Career Facts

  • The average salary for correctional officers in Michigan is $44,220.
  • Employment should grow about 9 percent between 2008 and 2018 because of population growth and rising rates of incarceration.
  • A typical work schedule is 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. However, security must be provided around the clock, so you may have to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. You may also be required to work paid overtime.
  • Advancement to a supervisory role typically requires experience and a college degree in criminal justice, social sciences or criminology.
  • Specialties such as working in correctional industries or correctional counseling usually require additional training.
  • You may also move to a related job in probations, parole, or correctional treatment.
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