Hiring Process


  • To be eligible for consideration as a Corrections Officer, certain education requirements must be satisfied:
  • Possession of a High School Diploma or G.E.D. and a minimum 18 years of age and;
  • Agree to obtain the minimum college credits (listed below) within 18 months after hire, OR:

Currently Possess:

  • Educational background that includes at least 15 semester (or 23 term) college credit hours in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Family Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Social Work or Law Enforcement or;
  • Possession of 30 semester (or 45 term) college credits in any academic or degree prerequisite area meets the educational requirement or;
  • Any bachelor’s degree or:
  • Two years of satisfactory Corrections Officer employment at the state or federal prison level, or private prison housing state/federal prisoners fulfills the educational requirements or;
  • Completion of basic training and two years of military service, along with 15 semester/23 term college credits leading toward a degree in any major obtained through an accredited college or their Joint Services Transcript (JST). If the service member is no longer serving, they must present proof of being honorably discharged. Military personnel can receive college credit for their military training by obtaining a Joint Service Transcript. To obtain JST https://jst.doded.mil/official.html

2. CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK. An applicant must provide criminal history information by completing a Department of Corrections Release of Information form and must pass the criminal history check prior to consideration for employment. Falsification of information will result in elimination from consideration for hire. The Department of Corrections may screen out job applicants who have been convicted of a felony in accordance with Public Act 191 of 2017Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony are ineligible for employment with the Department of Corrections until satisfactory completion of any sentence imposed, including parole or probation.  

3. INTERVIEW. The Department of Corrections will notify an applicant by email to advise him/her of a scheduled date and time for a structured interview. Interviews are conducted in a panel format consisting of Corrections supervisors and/or Recruitment personnel. An applicant will have two chances to pass the structured interview. Employer reference forms are sent with the interview information to be completed which will enable the Department of Corrections to verify employment history. 

4. PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST. A physical fitness test is administered prior to consideration for employment. The test includes push-ups, sit-ups, and a step test to measure cardiovascular fitness. An applicant will have two chances to pass the physical fitness test. 

5. PHYSICAL EXAM. Applicants passing Steps 1 through 5 will then receive notification regarding a medical physical, pulmonary function test and two step tuberculosis tests. An applicant must be able to wear a gas mask and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to be hired. Applicants with medical restrictions which would keep them from performing all essential job functions of the Corrections Officer’s job cannot be hired. 

6. Once accepted into an academy, applicants must pass a MDOC pre-employment drug screen.

7. TRAINING. Training consists of attending a corrections officer training academy. Applicants will be paid MDOC employees at the start of the academy. Once individuals successfully complete the 8 weeks of training, they will begin two months of on-the-job training at their assigned facilities. The MDOC will pay for health screenings; lodging and meals will be provided to those recruits who are eligible. 

Any questions regarding this process should be directed to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Recruitment Section, P.O. Box 30003, Lansing, MI 48909, Phone 517-335-1874 or toll free 888-820-7129. 

The Michigan Department of Corrections is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


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