Complete a State of Alabama Application for Examination
and bring it with you to the on-site testing date/location of your choice.
The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) testing dates and locations are listed under the "Testing" tab. You can click on the tab to see
The State Personnel Department will grade all written exams upon completion of on-site. This is a general knowledge test, no study guide is
available. The names of the applicants who pass the written exam are placed on an employment register (list of qualified job applicants).
Job applicants who pass the physical ability test are fingerprinted and given a pre-employment medical examination, drug screen,
and review of Correctional Officer Trainee (COT) pre-employment packet
with a DOC representative.
Job applicants are offered conditional employment as a Correctional Officer Trainee. COTs complete all academic and physical requirements
of the ADOC and the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) within one year of initial appointment in order to
become certified as a correctional officer in the State of Alabama.
After appointment, COTs will be scheduled to attend the 12-week residential correctional academy at the ADOC Training Center in Selma.
COTs reside at the Academy Sunday through Thursday of each week. Successful completion of the Academy will result in APOSTC Certification as
a Correctional Officer.
Correctional Officer Trainees serve a minimum 6-month probationary period. Salary increases and successful completion of probationary
status are based upon job performance.