Corrections Officer


A pair of handcuffs rest on top of a jail intake form. The offender's inky fingerprints fill up the page.

Learn about crisis intervention and acquire a strong foundation in criminal justice knowledge in as little as one year. Our Corrections Officer certificate provides the hands-on training you need to help keep your local community safe.

Career Outlook: Corrections Officer

Oversee and secure individuals awaiting trial or serving time in a correctional facility. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be roughly 33,000 job openings each year. Demand in Ontario County and the Finger Lakes region remains steady. The average salary for correctional officers and jailers was $47,920 in 2021.

Certificate Program Overview

Learn how to maintain the safety of inmates, employees, and visitors with a Corrections Officer certificate. Build your confidence as a supervisor and security provider who settles inmate disputes and monitors daily activities in a jail, prison, or rehabilitation center. Coursework introduces you to key aspects of the criminal justice system, including current trends in corrections and constitutional law. You'll study the procedures and practices used in modern correctional facilities while preparing for an entry-level career in the industry.

Network with Regional Employers

Meet and learn from experienced law enforcement and criminal justice professionals who live and work in the local community. Chiefs of police, correctional officers, judges, and others will visit your classrooms to share their knowledge of the industry with you.

Certificate Program Outcomes

Career Pathways

After earning this certificate, you'll be ready to complete the required correctional officer training academy and start on-the-job training at a correctional facility. This certificate meets or exceeds the educational requirements of local corrections facilities, including:

  • County Jails (Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Monroe).
  • Five Points Correctional Facility
  • Monroe Correctional Facility

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

If you're interested in continuing your education, all of your coursework can transfer to our A.A.S. Criminal Justice degree program. This program will broaden your career prospects and prepare you for a future in law enforcement or probation work, in addition to corrections. From there, you can complete a civil service test to immediately begin your career, or pursue an advanced degree in criminal justice.

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


Our criminal justice faculty bring decades of real-world law enforcement experience to the classroom. A practicing attorney and former sergeant teach the majority of our law enforcement and criminal justice courses. Our adjunct faculty also bring a range of specialized knowledge to FLCC. From patrol officers and chief of police to corrections administrators, our instructors have the experience and connections needed to help you get started in criminal justice.

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