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As of December 2014, Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers and Juvenile Probation Counselors will attend the academy together. This new academy combined and replaced the Juvenile Corrections Officers Academy (JCOA) and Juvenile Services Academy (JSA). Detention and Probation officers will now partially train together in order to lower expenses for agencies and increase networking between detention and probation services.
Training requirements for or corrections personnel is detailed in RCW 43.101.220 and WAC 139-10-210. Corrections personnel are required to complete basic training within six months of the start of their full time employment.
The Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy (JCPA-DET) for Detention Officers is designed to train corrections personnel responsible for the care, custody, and safety of youth in county facilities. The Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy (1416-DET) is an 80 hour academy. Training Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers 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 applies to employees whose job duties include, but are not limited to:
- 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.
- 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.
Week 1 of JCPA is designed for both detention and probation personnel and includes the following topics:
Week 2 of JCPA is designed just for detention personnel and focuses on defensive tactics. Topics include the following:
- Current trends in Juvenile Justice: Juvenile detention & Community justice issues
- Overview of the Washington Model for Juvenile Justice
- Behavioral Health & resiliency for Adolescents
- Legal Liability Issues
- Juvenile Law
- Juvenile Records
- Juvenile Court Adjudication Process
- Understanding Diverse Communities: Cultural Competence
- Gender Specific Issues
- Legal Aspect of Force: in integrated crisis response model
- Personal safety: defense and escape techniques
- Control/Defensive Tactics
- Cell Search
- Behavior management
Registration & Enrollment Process
All registration is on a first come first serve basis. Once a class is full, CJTC will start adding applications to the next available class.
Submit a completed application via email to the Basic Training Registrar at
You will receive an email stating that your application has been received. This email is not confirmation of enrollment in a particular class.
Enrollment is determined after the successful completion of the PAT
On the scheduled selection date, you will receive a registration email with the instructions for your scheduled PAT as well as your registration status as either registered or alternate. There are between 5 and 7 alternates per scheduled class.
Upon successful completion of the PAT an acceptance email is sent to the training manager listed on the application as well as the attendee.
Upon a PAT failure applicants will be notified at the PAT. A failure notice will be sent to the agency
Lodging information with check-in instructions is emailed directly to the attendee after acceptance to the academy is confirmed.
Changes to lodging must be arranged with CJTC no later than 1 week before the start of the academy.
Changes to lodging made so late that the academy and/or hotel does not have time to accommodate the changes can result in hotel fees being charged directly to the academy.
Billing is completed once the academy session is complete.
Application Packet includes the following:
Basic Academy Application Form CJ-1254 *Updated 11/2017*
Previous application versions will not be accepted.
Corrections Notice of Hire (CJ-2100)
Basic Academy Liability Release (CJ-1253)
Basic Academy Statement of Fitness (CJ-1251)
Physical Ability Test (PAT)
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.
Navy blue gym shorts (no more than 3" above the knee), and/or sweatpants
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.
*Per Commission standards, participants in other attire will not be allowed to participate in the PAT*