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Jail Officer Training and Certification

NSA has created the Jail Certification Program at the NSA Center for Public Safety to provide professional designation to jail officers, supervisors, administrators and sheriffs who possess the requisite understanding, knowledge, skills, experience and abilities to function to the level of their achieved certification.

 
The Advisory Board established a thorough analysis of primary functions and knowledge of jail operations and administration management for each designated certification, combining experience and education coupled with testing to ensure comprehension of critical areas of focus.  The Advisory Board will consider trainings or courses not listed under the specific requirements to meet the certified hours requirements on a case-by-case basis.
Areas of focus include: 
  • Basic Training
  • Liability 
  • Correctional Law
  • Personnel Management
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Jail Operations


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ADVISORY BOARD

CERTIFICATION RECIPIENTS

To apply for certification, please log in as an NSA member and then click on Event Registration. Choose your Certification from the list provided.

Once you have completed the registration process, an email will be sent to you with the applications necessary for each certification. Mail all certification materials to:

National Sheriffs' Association
ATTN: Jail Certification
1450 Duke St

Alexandria, VA 22314

Once Certification is complete, the recipient will receive a certificate via email, be listed on NSA’s web site and in Sheriff and Deputy & Court Officer magazines, and be recognized at the next NSA Annual Conference.

If you do not complete the certification process or are not approved for the certification, no refund will be given.

General Requirements

All applicants, regardless of level, must possess the following requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen or a citizen of a country in which the U.S. does not have sanctions - provide a copy of valid passport of birth certificate
  • At least 21 years of age - provide a copy of valid driver's license, passport, birth certificate, or military I.D.
  • No felony convictions - letter from agency head on agency letterhead with dates of employment and lack of felony
  • No dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military (for U.S. Veterans only) - copy of DD-214 form, if in the reserves show proof of status
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation - letter from agency head on agency letterhead stating such
  • Current NSA membership - Join Now

 

CJO

CERTIFIED JAIL OFFICER                                                                     

For all officers, including line level staff.  It can be used as a basic training program and covers jail officer responsibilities, chapter and comprehensive examination and certificate upon completion.   

  • To be completed within twelve (12) months of formal application acceptance
  • General Requirements (see section above for more information)
  • Specific Requirements 
  • Testing (if applicable): 75% Accuracy
  • Work Experience: No minimums required

Fee $195

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CJS

CERTIFIED JAIL SUPERVISOR                                                         

For all jail supervisors and jail administrators.  Based on case law, liability, personnel management, planning and preparation and jail operations, CJS curriculum primary focus is running constitutional jails.

  • To be completed within twenty-four (24) months of formal application acceptance
  • General Requirements (see section above for more information)
  • Specific Requirements:  
  • Testing (if applicable): 100% Accuracy
  • Work Experience: Two (2) years minimum work experience in jail, detention facility or support.

Fee $345

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CJE

CERTIFIED JAIL EXECUTIVE                                                               

For all sheriffs, jail administrators and supervisors.  Based on case law, liability, personnel management, planning and preparation and jail operations, CJS curriculum requires more knowledge and experience to focus on running constitutional jails.

  • To be completed within twenty-four (24) months of formal application acceptance
  • General Requirements (see section above for more information)
  • Specific Requirements:  
    • Minimum of 40 total certified hours. Must submit proof of completion of courses (i.e. certificate of completion, transcript, etc.) Course Options:
  • Testing (if applicable): 100% Accuracy
  • Work Experience:  Four (4) years minimum work experience in jail, detention facility or support.
 

Fee $495

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For more information contact:

Hilary Burgess

800.424.7827 x 320 or hburgess@sheriffs.org