CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ACADEMY (COA) #1000
This Academy is 160 hours in length [4 weeks]. It is designed to provide training for employees whose primary job functions are to facilitate the custody, safety and security of adults in jails. The COA provides participants with the basic knowledge and skills needed for safe and effective service. Training Coordinators act as coaches and mentors to individuals and the group as a whole. Professionalism and decorum are encouraged for officers to develop pride and ownership of conduct. Students are also organized into teams with Team Leaders serving to enhance group performance. Practical Skills application and testing is conducted via skills clinics and class quizzes. The final examination is a written test focusing on cumulative knowledge of the entire Academy. The final is scenario-based; prompting students to assess the appropriate application of technical information gained from class learning and student materials.
Evaluation & Assessment:
• Assessment and Testing
• Written Exams / Quizzes
• Skills Clinic
• Mock Scene Testing
• Defensive Tactics
2. Once your application has been processed, your agency representative will receive a registration letter with instructions on attending the Physical Ability Test (PAT). There will also be information regarding uniform requirements, lodging eligibility, etc.
Effective July 1, 2014 WSCJTC was mandated by legislature to bill a 25% cost-share to our stakeholders for each academy student. The cost-per-student varies based on total program cost. A memorandum (PDF) explaining the cost-share implementation was distributed via email on March 30, 2014. Private Contractors & Tribal Agencies will be billed the full-cost of Academy services. For questions, please contact us at
As of 5/2/2016, a new and simplified WSCJTC Statement of Fitness (Form CJ-1251) will be implemented for enrollment in all Basic Training Academies. We are also excited to announce the introduction of digital signatures (e-signatures). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this process, a “how-to guide” is linked below with step-by-step instructions on setting up your e-signature for the first time. Another big change to this form, is that we will no longer require the Statement of Fitness to be signed by a health care professional. There is now an “Agency Administrator” affidavit that must be signed by an agency representative in authority and an “Applicant” affidavit that must be signed by the recruit. These signatures will serve as notice to the WSCJTC that neither the agency, nor the applicant, are aware of any existing physical challenges that would prevent the successful completion of the Physical Ability Test (PAT) or Basic Training Academy.
COA - COEA Application Form CJ-1252 *Updated 10/09/2017
How to Create a Digital Signature & Sign in Adobe Reader (PDF)
Corrections - Notice of Separation Form CJ-2101 (Word) (PDF)
PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (PAT)
The WSCJTC requires applicants to pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to entry into the academy. The PAT is conducted prior to the start of the Academy. All academy recruits must be physically able to actively and fully participate in the defensive tactics and other required physical activities in accordance with WAC 139-10-212. Failure to demonstrate a requisite level of fitness within the overall assessment will result in ineligibility for academy attendance.
LOCATION Westside PAT: WSCJTC Campus, Burien at 10:00am CJTC Map.pdf
Agencies will be notified via email of PAT failures within two (2) business days. Agency representatives must contact the Registrar if they wish to re-enroll the recruit for the next available session. If the recruit has not retested within 30 days, a new application packet will be required.