Annual Training Requirements

All employees of the Michigan Department of Corrections are required to attend and successfully complete annual in-service training. The amount of in-service training employees receive is dependent on the amount of prisoner/offender contact, specific job assignment and/or as specifically required by the Director of the Department of Corrections. In-service training programs provide training relevant to employees departmental duties. Training programs include updates on basic correctional programs, as well as programs required by department policy, OSHA/MIOSHA standards, ACA standards and other outside agency programs that impact on the Department.

The following categories of employees with offender contact receive 40 hours of in-service training annually: administrative and management staff, professional specialists, P.A. 415 staff, all full or part-time employees, student assistants, emergency unit staff, employees of other state agencies with offender contact.

Clerical personnel with minimal offender contact receive 16 hours of training annually.

All full or part-time employees, student assistants, unpaid student interns, employees of other state agencies with NO offender contact   receive training as specified by each Administration.

Contractual personnel with or without offender contact receive annual training as specified by each Administration.

Emergency Response Team members receive 64 hours of annual in-service training.

The Michigan Department of Corrections provides a broad range of training programs available for staff. An overview of these topics is as described below:

  • Firearms and Chemical Agents Training Programs
  • Range Officer Training
  • Emergency Response Team Training
  • Arsenal Management
  • Firearm Troubleshooting, Repair and Maintenance
  • Use of Force
  • Handgun Retention
  • Disturbance Control
  • Computer End User Training
  • Critical Issues in Managing Women Prisoners
  • Discriminatory Harassment
  • CPR / First Aid
  • Leadership
  • National Institute of Corrections Training
  • Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation  
  • Traumatic Incident Stress Management
  • Self-Defense Training

For more specific information on in-service training programs, interested parties should contact the Michigan Department of Corrections at 517-241-7359.