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Corrections Academy Schedule FY 2018 PDF - Rev. 05 - 07.26.17

As of December 2014, Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers and Juvenile Probation Counselors will attend the academy together.  This new academy is combining and replacing Juvenile Corrections Officers Academy (JCOA) and Juvenile Services Academy (JSA).

RCW 43.101.220

Training for Corrections personnel.

(1) The Corrections personnel of the state and all counties and municipal corporations initially employed on or after January 1, 1982, shall engage in basic corrections training which complies with standards adopted by the commission. The training shall be successfully completed during the first six months of employment of the personnel, unless otherwise extended or waived by the commission, and shall be requisite to the continuation of employment.

The Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy is an 80 hour academy. Training Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers and Juvenile Probation Counselors with the knowledge and skills to provide care and rehabilitation services in a community or residential setting to youth involved in the Washington State Juvenile Justice System.  Participants will learn about the Washington Model of Juvenile Justice. The related Laws, Legal Issues, Juvenile Court and Detention processes necessary to hold youth accountable while teaching them to rebuild relationships with their families, schools, and community.

This academy is geared to the juvenile detention staff that have primary security, safety and group supervision responsibilities and for the juvenile court workers that carry an active caseload.

Job duties include:

  1. All employees working with adjudicated youth in Washington State whose primary job function is case management; assessment, case planning, counseling, monitoring, and application of research-based treatment interventions on Probation.
  2. All employees working with adjudicated youth in Washington State whose primary job function is the care, custody, safety, security, supervision, and counseling of youth in Detention.

Course Topics:

  • Working as a 21st Century Juvenile Corrections Professional
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Overview of the Washington Model of  Juvenile Justice
  • Legal Issues
  • Serving Youth and Families in our Communities
  • Adolescent Development
  • The Adolescent Brain: Social, Cognitive, and Moral Development
  • Special Needs Populations
  • Case File Assignment Case Study Information
  • Case File Assignment Planning and Staffing
  • Case File Assignment Assessments
  • Reports to the Court
  • Legal Aspect of Force
  • Personal Safety

Week Two Breakout: Probation Staff Only

  • Statewide Case Management Assessment Process
  • The Risk Assessment Tool
  • Need-Based Targeted Interventions
  • Evidence Based Programs
  • Models of Change; The Cycle of Change
  • Model for Interviewing; Motivational Interviewing Techniques

Week Two Breakout: Detention Staff Only

  • Security Management
  • Use of Restraints; Training and Testing
  • Cell Search; Training and Testing
  • Transportation
  • Behavior Management; Communication and De-escalation Skills
  • Mock Scenes
  • Defensive Tactics; Level One Techniques


1. Please submit a completed application packet via email to the Registrar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2. Once the application has been processed, you will receive an email including the Registration Letter and instructions regarding the Physical Ability Test (PAT).

3. Following the PAT, and contingent upon passing, Acceptance Letters are sent via email to the Training Manager and Supervisor listed on the application.
4. Billing is completed once the Academy session is complete. Please see below for details;

Effective 05/01/2016, 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.

Application Packet includes the following:

Basic Academy Application Form CJ-1250 (PDF) (Word) *Updated 5/23/2017
Corrections Notice of Hire (CJ-2100) (Word)
Basic Academy Statement of Fitness (CJ-1251) (PDF)

How to Create a Digital Signature & Sign in Adobe Reader (PDF)
Additional Forms:

Corrections Notice of Separation (CJ-2101)

*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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

As an entrance requirement, all Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers are required to successfully complete and pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  Applicants 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. For this purpose, applicants must receive a passing score in each of the following testing areas: Push-ups, Sit-ups, and a 1.5 Mile Run. Failure to demonstrate a requisite level of fitness within each assessment area will result in ineligibility for Academy admission and attendance. The Statement of Fitness Form is valid for 6 months from the date of examination.

PAT Uniform:
Navy blue gym shorts (no more than 3" above the knee),and/or sweatpants, white crew neck t-shirt, white socks and running/cross-training shoes.

White 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.
*Per Commission standards, participants in other attire will not be allowed to participate in the PAT*
JCPA PAT Guidelines

Session Session
PT Test
Start & End Date Location Status/Cost/Downloads
JCPA 8 Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy (JCPA), Course #1416 TBA Spokane: 09/26/2017 @ 10:00AM/Burien: 09/28/2017 @ 10:00AM October 16 -27, 2017 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien WA 98148
Open  / None  

JCPA 9 Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy (JCPA), Course #1416 TBA Spokane: 03/20/2018 @ 10:00AM/Burien: 03/21/2018 @ 10:00AM April 09 -20, 2018 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien WA 98148
Open  / None