Juvenile Corrections Officers Academy

The Juvenile Corrections Officers Academy (JCOA) is an 80 hour academy designed to train corrections personnel responsible for the care, custody, and safety of juvenile offenders in county facilities. Course topics will include, but are not limited to,

  • Current trends in juvenile justice
  • Overview of the WA Model for Juvenile Justice
  • Behavioral health and resiliency for adolescents
  • Understanding diverse communities: Cultural competence
  • Gender specific issues
  • Personal safety: Defense and escape techniques
  • Legal aspect of force
  • Restraints
  • Control/defensive tactics 
  • Cell search 
  • Behavior management

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

In order to attend JCOA, participants must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  PAT will occur generally two weeks after selection for a class, and two weeks prior to the start of class.

Agencies, recruits, and prospective applicants can view UPDATED PAT requirements here. View an overview of the new requirements here. See new PAT scoring sheet here. The ability to administer the old and new PAT has been extended to June 30th.

The Legislature has continued the mandated 25% cost share for the Juvenile Corrections Officers Academy.  Agencies will be billed post the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation.

View our full cost share sheet for mandated and non mandated agencies here.

Serena Anastasio (Assistant to the Commander)

(206) 835-7299

Who can attend our classes?

All correctional personnel employed by a recognized Washington State county detention facility whose primary job function is the care, custody, and safety of juvenile offenders

Required Equipment

A detailed list of academy equipment required will be distributed to participants after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the participant's JCOA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide their participant with the equipment needed.

Training Officers: If you require a list of equipment in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

 

Dress Code

A detailed list of uniform requirements for the duration of the academy will be distributed to participants after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the participant's JCOA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide their participants with the uniforms needed.

Training Officers: If you would like a list of uniform requirements in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

 

Regulation

The JCOA must be completed by all employees whose primary job function is the care, custody, and safety of juvenile offenders in county facilities per WAC 139-10-240

Schedule

JCOA classes are typically held 0800 to 1700 Monday through Friday.

The number of JCOA classes held per year will vary each year depending on legislative decisions and funding.  The schedules below outline all classes approved for the specified fiscal year.  

Please note: These schedules are subject to change without notice.  Training Officers must read selection notices carefully to ensure they have the correct dates.

Corrections Fiscal Year 2022 Schedule

Corrections Fiscal Year 2023 Schedule

Cancellation

Agency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.

REQUIRED FORMS

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

To register an applicant for this Academy, the following attachments must be included: 

  • CJ-1251 Statement of Fitness
  • CJ-1253 Student Liability Release

All forms are available for download below.

Effective May 1st, 2021:

Submitting an incomplete registration request through the Acadis Portal is allowed. However, the request will not be processed until it is completed- it will remain in the queue (Application List) until all prerequisites are attached. Doing this only guarantees a spot in the queue, incomplete requests will not secure a spot in any specific class. Complete registrations are processed into open seats daily on a first-come/first-served basis. Therefore, it is best to submit only complete registration requests, confirming all aspects of the prerequisites are completed, to secure a seat in a class.

 

Course information will be emailed to training officers on selection day for each academy.  Training officers are responsible for ensuring their applicants receive the information.

Training sessions

Session Session Title Selection Date PAT Test Date Dates & Hours Location Status
31 JCOA 10/4/2022 10/17/2022 - 10/27/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
32 JCOA 3/21/2023 4/4/2023 4/17/2023 - 4/27/2023 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
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