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Security Career Opportunities

Why Work With Us?

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is the largest law enforcement agency in Alabama and is looking for dedicated professionals to assist in its mission of providing public safety through the safe and secure confinement, rehabilitation, and reentry of offenders. Employment with the ADOC will provide a rewarding career with great benefits. It will also allow you to work with purpose and serve your community with honor.

Hiring Event Schedule

Open Security Positions

Correctional Security Guard (CSG) Correctional Officer Trainee (COT)

The CSG is an entry-level position. CSGs work many posts inside the facilities. Primary responsbilities include supervising inmates and dormitories, conducting searches, working dining halls, and promoting rehabilitation.

The COT is an entry-level position that prepares employees to become Correctional Officers. COTs are responsible for the same tasks as CSGs. However, firearms certification allows them to work additional posts, such as transferring inmates, manning towers and operating perimeter trucks.


  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license
  • U.S. citizen
  • Clean drug screen and background check
  • No felony or domestic violence convictions
  • Honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces (general or uncharacterized discharges may be accepted.)


COT candidates must meet all the CSG requirements along with the following ones:

  • 19 years of age
  • College degree OR BAT/ACT Workkeys test results
  • Must pass the physical fitness assessment
  • Psychiatric evaluation


CSGs must complete the 6-week ADOC Training Academy to receive ADOC certification.


COTs must complete the 10-week APOSTC Academy to receive APOSTC certification.

Physical Fitness Assessment

Timed Events:

Modified Agility Test:

Event 1 – Sled Push: This event requires pushing a training sled loaded with 165 pounds a distance of 15 feet across a level concrete surface.

Event 2 – Hurdle Over/Under: Applicant is required to run a distance of 50 yards then step over a 27-inch hurdle, followed by moving under a 42-inch hurdle, then step over a 27-inch hurdle, followed by moving under a 42-inch hurdle for a total of two overs and two unders. Hurdles are spaced 4 feet apart.

Event 3 – Balance: Applicant is required to run a distance of 72 yards then mount a 6x6-inch beam and walk a distance of 15 feet. At the end of the beam, the applicant then must dismount.

Event 4 – Weight Drag: Applicant is required to run a distance of 25 yards then lift, pull, or drag a dead weight 165-pound object (dummy) for a distance of 15 feet.

Sprint & Hold Test:

This event requires completing a 300-meter sprint followed by holding a 165-pound dummy for 10 seconds.

60-Second Reps:

(As many reps as possible in 60 seconds.)

Step Up Test

This event requires stepping up with each foot onto a 12-inch platform then stepping down so both feet touch the ground before stepping back up.

Sit Up Test

On the "Get Ready" command, applicant assumes the starting position by laying flat on their back with knees bent at 45 degrees. Feet may be together or up to 12 inches apart, resting flat on the ground and may be stabilized by a partner holding the ankles with the hands only. The applicants' fingers must be interlocked behind the neck or head.

Push Up Test

On the "Get Ready" command, applicant will assume the front-leaning rest position (push-up) with the arms straight, elbows locked, hands about shoulder width apart, and palms placed flat on the floor. The feet may be together or up to 12 inches apart. The body should be essentially straight when viewed from the side, from the shoulders to the ankles.

Salary and Advancement

Correctional Officer Trainee Starting Salaries
Maximum Security Facilities
Medium Security Facilities
Work Releases / CWC Facilities
Location Differentials Facility Breakdown
10% Location Differential
Maximum Security Facilties
5% Location Differential
Medium Security Facilities
Donaldson CF Bibb CF
Fountain CF Bullock CF
Holman CF Easterling CF
Kilby CF Elmore CF
Limestone CF Hamilton A&I
St Clair CF Montgomery WF
Tutwiler WF Staton CF
Ventress CF

Other advancement opportunties include K9 Corps and the Training Division.


  • Medical and Dental Coverage
  • 13 Annual Leave Days
  • 13 Annual Sick Leave Days
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • 21 Annual Days of Military Leave
  • Longevity Bonus (after 5 years of state service)
  • Salary Raise Opportunities (Probationary, Promotional, Cost of Living, & Annual Merit)
  • State Retirement Plan (& Supplemental Retirement Investment Programs)
  • Furnished Uniforms

ADOC also offers Subsistence Pay for APOSTC Certified Employees and Training and Professional Development Programs.

How to Get Started?

Your path to a secure and rewarding career with the ADOC begins at one of the department’s on-site hiring events, occurring at facilities throughout the state. A current list of upcoming on-sites can be found on this page ( You can expect the following activities at on-sites.

Drug Screening
Law Enforcement Services Division Interview
Personnel Document Review
Medical Examination
ADOC Physical Fitness Assessment

Required Documentation

Copy of high school diploma, certified copy of high school transcript, or GED certificate
Certified state-issued birth certificate issued by the Vital Statistics Office. Scans or copies are not accepted.
Copy of valid driver's license. If your driver's license is issued by a state other than Alabama, we need a copy of your driving history from the issuing state's Public Safety Department.
Copy of Social Security card.
Copy of your full credit report from one of three nationwide consumer reporting companies:
College degree or transcripts, if applicable.
Copy of your BAT/ACT Workkeys if you do not have an Associate's or Bachelor's degree. There is a cost of $45. This can be completed after you know you have passed the Physical Fitness Assessment.
Marriage certificate or divorce decree if you changed your name as a result of marriage or divorce.
Law enforcement certificate if already certified as a correctional officer or law enforcement officer.
Court certified dispositions with case action summaries for any criminal arrests or convictions showing all fines have been paid.
  • ➤ Please contact the court clerk in the county/muncipality where the charges originated.
Court certified disposition and receipts for any traffic citations/tickets wtihin the last three years showing all fines have been paid in full.
  • ➤ Please contact the court clerk in the county/muncipality where the charges originated.

Who can help you?

To begin the application process, visit or contact a recruiter:

Captain Napoleon Goodson | 205.288.1034
Lieutenant Timothy Ensor | 334.850.0656
Lieutenant Crystal Smith-James | 334.850.0771
Lieutenant Darryl Finch | 334.850.4274
Lieutenant Joey Craig | 334.850.0893