Corrections Academy Schedule FY 2018 PDF - Rev. 08 - 11.29.17
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 (PAT) 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.
1: Legal Issues
2: Professionalism /Ethics /Emotional Intelligence / Stress Management
3: Communication / Inmate Management / Crisis Intervention / Mental Health
4: Searches (Property, Area & Clothed)
5: Booking / Intake / Release / Inmate Classification
6: Contraband / Critical Incident
7: Security Management / Transport
8: Peer Support / Career Development
Defensive Tactics: Use of Force, Defensive Tactics, Defensive Tactics Testing, Ground and Team Tactics Assessment
Evaluation & Assessment:
• Assessment and Testing
• Written Exams / Quizzes
• Skills Clinic
• Mock Scene Testing
• Defensive Tactics
1. Please scan & email the completed application packet to the Registrar at:
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.
3. Following the PAT, and conditional upon passing, Acceptance Letters will be sent via email to the Training Manager and/or 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
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
Statement of Fitness Form CJ-1251 *Updated 10/09/2017
Student Liability Release Form CJ-1253 *Updated 10/18/2017
Corrections Notice of Hire (CJ-2100) *Updated 12/2017* *PLEASE SUBMIT NOTICE OF HIRE AS PART OF COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKET
How to Create a Digital Signature & Sign in Adobe Reader (PDF)
Corrections - Notice of Separation Form CJ-2101 (Word) (PDF)
Questions: Basic Training Registrar (206) 835-7299 or
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.
As of 8/1/2016, PAT's for COA will no longer be held at our Spokane facility. If you have questions regarding this change, please contact the Basic Training Registrar at:
LOCATION Westside PAT: WSCJTC Campus, Burien at 10:00am CJTC Map.pdf
Fitness Attire: Navy blue shorts (no more than 3” above the knee) and/or sweatpants, white crew neck t-shirt, white socks and cross-training/running shoes. White crew neck t-shirt: apply 2” BLACK block-style lettering with the student’s last name across the front chest and between the shoulder blades. Navy blue sweatshirt (OPTIONAL): apply 2” WHITE block-style lettering as directed above.
COA PAT Guidelines
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.
PAT FAILURE INSTRUCTIONS
|PT Test |
|Tac/Asst. Tac ||Start & End Date
||Corrections Officers Academy (COA), Course #1000 ||01/10/2018 ||02/07/2018 @ 10 AM ||TBD ||Feb 26 -Mar 23, 2018
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien WA 98148
|Full / None
Dates revised 091217 AP