This class is: Sponsored (What does this mean?)
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.
Upon hire, applicants must be registered to attend our Basic Corrections Academy training within the initial first 6 months WAC 139-10-210.
The WSCJTC requires applicants to pass a physical ability test prior to entry into 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 and completion.
Instruction blocks include:
• Assessment and Testing
• Written Exams/Quizzes
• Skills Clinic
• Mock Scene Testing
• Defensive Tactics
• Final Presentation
Professionalism and Managing Inmates (PBLE #1): Levels of Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Long-term Stress, Behavior Management Model
Corrections Communication (PBLE #2): Supervision and Discipline, Handling and Making Requests, Mental Illness/Suicide, HIPAA, ADA
Legal Issues (PBLE #3): HIPPA, PREA, Turner vs. Safety, RILUPA
Intake Processes (PBLE#4): Gangs, Drugs, Strip/Pat Search, Weapons, Citizenship Status, Officer Safety, Restraints
Conducting Searches (PBLE #5): Pat Search/Frisk
Safety and Security (PBLE #6): Transports, Report Writing, Strip/Pat Search, Weapons, Officer Safety, Restraints, Report Writing
Safety and Security (PBLE #7): Cell Search, Report Writing, Strip/Pat Search, Weapons, Officer Safety, PREA, Suicide, Report Writing
Other: Documentation and Correspondence, Tactical Thinking, Anti-Manipulation, Critical Incident, Gangs
Security Management Skills: Contraband, Cell Search, Pat/Frisk, Transportation, Leg/Waist Restraints
Defensive Tactics: Use of Force, Defensive Tactics, Defensive Tactics Testing, Ground and Team Tactics Assessment
1. Agency sends completed application to the Registrar at
2. Registrar processes application and sends Registration Letters to the applicant’s Training Manager, Agency Administrator and Supervisor listed on the application.
3. Following the PAT and conditional upon passing, Acceptance Letters will be sent to the Training Manager, Agency Administrator, and Supervisor listed on the application.
4. Billing is processed once the Academy session is complete. Please see below for details;
*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
Prerequisite: This Academy is for Custody and Corrections Officers who work in City and/or County Detention Facilities.
Notice of Corrections Officer Hire Form CJ-2100 (Word)
Academy Application Form CJ-1250 (Word)
COA Statement of Fitness Form CJ-1251 (PDF)
Submit Application Packet To: Amy Mosley, Registrar - Fax: 206.835.7922 /
Questions: Brandon Rogel, Assistant Commander - 206.835.7349 /
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. The Statement of Fitness Form needs to be completed six (6) months prior to attending an Academy and submitted prior to the PAT.
COA PAT Guidelines - Revised Aug 2013.pdf
LOCATION Eastside PAT: Spokane Police Training Center at 10:00am Map - Spokane Police Training Center.pdf
LOCATION Westside PAT: WSCJTC Campus, Burien at 1:00pm CJTC Map.pdf
Attire: Navy blue gym shorts (no more than 3 inches above knee) and/or grey sweatpants, white crew neck t-shirt and/or grey sweatshirt with 2.5” block letters with the student’s last name on the front chest and between the back shoulder blades. Per Commission standards, participants in other attire will not be able to partake in the PAT.
Pre-coursework is due on Day 1 of class:
COA Student Rules and Regulations Manual.pdf
PRE-COURSE WORK - IPC Manual Revised November 2010 - 58 pages.pdf
PRE-COURSE WORK - Professionalism 11 pgs 2011-04-04.pdf