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Pre-Employment Corrections Basic Training Certificate

Prepare for a Career in Corrections

The Pre-Employment Corrections Basic Training Course is the first of the two phase program that leads to a correction officer obtaining a certificate of completion for a course equivalent to the Basic Course for Correction Officers. This first phase of Pre-Employment may be presented to both civilians and sworn correction officers. 

This course will prepare students for a career as a correction officer prior to being hired by a correctional facility. As a further benefit, the program provides correction facilities and municipalities with a diverse pool of trained correction officer candidates.

Pre-Employment recruits receive over 90 percent of the basic training required to become correction officers in New York State. Courses include various law classes, defensive tactics, professional writing and communication skills, physical fitness, various procedures required of a correction officer, and many more. The firearms and police baton course are not included in the Pre-Employment course as recruits must be hired by a correction agency prior to receiving these two courses of instruction.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 315-574-4028 or admissions@herkimer.edu.

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View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Pre-Employment Corrections Basic Training Certificate

Career Opportunities

All correction officers are required to complete the Correction Basic Training Course to be employed by a corrections agency. Although the program does not guarantee admissions into a corrections agency, in combination with the phase 2 portion, all students will have met and exceeded all requirements of basic training mandated by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council. Upon successful completion of Phase 1 of the Pre-Employment Correction Basic Training, students will have two (2) years to be hired by a correctional facility and complete the Phase 2 portion. They will then receive a Correction Officer Basic Training Equivalency Certificate.

“This course covers a wide variety of topics and far exceeds the state minimum course standards for a correction officer, making recruits very marketable for both county and state correction officer positions.”

Michael Masi, Program Director and retired Little Falls Police Chief

“This will be a tremendous positive for the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office. It is common for applicants for correctional officer positions to be hired without prior training, so they must be trained through an academy, which can take up to a year to complete. Without the training we can only use them in certain situations within our facility. The program at Herkimer College will allow us to hire trained employees and have them fully operational after a brief phase II portion.”

Scott Scherer, Sheriff, Herkimer County

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Prior Felony Disclaimer

Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Criminal History

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of this program. For more information, read the Policy Regarding Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Felony Conviction.