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Corrections Academy

The Corrections Academy is offered every-other-year during the even years, for example, fall 2018 and spring 2019.    Course offerings are subject to change, so please check website often for updates.

picture of 2015 corrections academy class

The application period for Spring 2017 is now closed.  Please check back for dates for the next academy, fall 2018.

See the information below for application process details and to download the application. Please note: Last day to process the DOJ application for the next academy, is TBD.  There is a mandatory orientation on TBD, at 5:30pm. You must attend orientation even if your DOJ has not been received at this time.  

Please note: all information on this website is subject to change without notice. Please check for updates often.

Course description: AOJ 107

NEXT COURSE: Fall 2018 (exact dates TBD)


Dates: TBD 
Mandatory Orientation on Thursday, TBD at 5:30-8:30pm, room Griffin Gate.

Section - TBD

Corrections Officer Core Course

This is a 16-week Adult Corrections Officer Core Course consisting of 221 hours (10.5 semester units) of instruction in specific performance and instructional objectives for local and county jails, probation institutions and Community Correctional Facilities and federally funded private programs. This Course exceeds the minimum standards of the State of California, Board of State & Community Corrections (BSCC), Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) for entry level adult corrections officer.

The Corrections Academy is an "open-enrollment" Academy with curriculum designed to prepare students for a career as a Deputy Sheriff, Corrections Officer, Custodial Officer, Police Officer and Detention Officer.

As a course prerequisite and prior to course commencement, students must complete and have on file with Administration of Justice program a completed California Department of Justice fingerprint clearance. Persons considering enrollment who are currently employed by and working as a "custodial officer" a Federal, State or local law enforcement agency or private correctional facilities such as G4S Secure Solutions (USA), The GEO Group, Spectrum Security, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) or Asset Protection and Security Services may be exempt from the fingerprint clearance. These persons will need to contact the AOJ department for an exemption request. Please note security officers are not exempt.

  • Schedule:

Tues. & Thurs. 5:45-10pm, and Saturdays, 7:45am-5pm.

  • You must pay all tuition immediately or you will be dropped from the course. This may not apply to VA or Financial Aid applicants. Contact your counselor for verification. If you are dropped, you are not given priority to re-enroll.
  • Orientation Dress Code:  Professional business attire. 

Always check the online schedule for accurate room numbers. Visit and click on "Schedule" under "Academics."

Approximate Cost: $502.00 includes tuition, and health fee for CA residents. Parking permit $40.00 extra. (NOTE: Tuition could change. State sets the fee) Tuition could go up again before the semester starts, so please check back often for updates.

Registration opens TBD, 2018 for the Fall 2018 semester. Please check WebAdvisor for your registration time and date, exclusive to you, after TBD, 2018.


Submit college application online now for the next semester. You must submit a college application online at (If you are not a current student). We highly recommend that you take the English Assessment Test.

2.  Application Process:

To get the background packet, download this PDF document. You will no longer email Kathy Sentz. You must first apply to the college to become a student and then fill out the paperwork, as your Grossmont College Student ID # is required. All instructions are listed in the documents. You must submit the background packet immediately to the AOJ office after you have completed the DOJ Live Scan, before the DOJ results can be processed by the college. If we do not have your background packet on file, we do not know who you are or how to contact you.

Having the DOJ results on file with the college doesn't guarantee acceptance into the academy unless the background packet (personal history statement) is on file with the college.

3.  You may not register for this course until the DOJ results are received by the college, even if your registration date has arrived. Once you complete the background / DOJ packet, please submit your fingerprints as soon as you can. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Sentz directly. Grossmont College will not be liable for any costs incurred by you if you are unable to attend due to late submissions or if you are denied by DOJ.

Open office hours for background packet submission are: Tues. & Thurs., 1-3pm, room 31-360. Other hours are available by appointment only. Call 619-644-7323 to set up an appointment if the open hours are not convenient or email

The AOJ office will be closed the following days & holidays (2018)

  • Feb. 16, 17 & 19
  • March 26-31 (AOJ office closed)
  • May 28
  • July 4
  • Sept. 3
  • Nov. 12
  • Nov. 22 - 24
  • Dec. 20 - Jan. 1, 2019

Students should be aware that prior felony or any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence convictions, and some psychological holds, are disqualifying.
Prior substance abuse (including marijuana) and other disqualifiers may apply in specific positions related to law enforcement or forensics.


4.  Register for class when cleared by DOJ; You must login to WebAdvisor to verify your registration date and time.

For step-by-step instructions on how to register, visit the POST CPT webpage and scroll down to "Register on the Internet."

5.  Pay required fees either online or in person at the cashiers office.  Approximate cost $502**. Please note, the cashiers office is located in building 10, room 110, and is open
Mon. - Fri. 8:00-5:00pm. Parking permit can only be purchased online.

*To ensure registration in the class, applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

**Tuition does not include book or T-shirts or other uniform requirements. See below.

Text: California Penal Code, current edition (2016 or newer), unabridged version.



Black pants (Dickies style) for classroom attire. There is a required uniform for the corrections academy, details related to cost and style will be discussed upon successful enrollment of the course. Generally, uniform costs are approximately $120.00, including tax.  Your academy packet will have all information and uniform order form and costs.

You must purchase Corrections Academy uniform through program vendor only, at time of application submission.

You will need to purchase black colored law enforcement style boots and have available running shoes. No open toe shoes or sandals are permitted at anytime.


Should be in good physical condition to pass physical training and Assaultive Behavior components of course which may include, but are not limited to: running, sit-ups, push-ups, stair climb, scaling six-foot wall/fence.


Mandatory attendance at all times (State Board of Corrections mandate).
Tardiness will not be tolerated for any reason. NO EXCEPTIONS!


No caps of any kind allowed during Academy training, including classroom.
No facial jewelry allowed.
No jewelry of any kind can be worn during the course.
Nails can not be more than ¼” past tip of finger, (safety issue).
Ladies - hair must be worn up at all times if long.
Men - must be clean shaven and hair must be neat & trimmed. Long hair is not permitted.

Board of State and Community Corrections Website/Employers

AOJ Degree Information:

Note:  if you have completed the Grossmont College Corrections Academy, you may be eligible to receive credit for AOJ 125, 126 and 128.

If you have completed the Ca. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation Academy (CDC&R), you may be eligible to receive credit for AOJ 125, 126, 128 and 140.

You might also be able to take AOJ 214 and 215 if currently working in corrections. Contact the AOJ office for more details: 619-644-7323 or

Job Opportunities:

Please visit the STC website for certificate information.  Jobs available in and out of San Diego County.  Grossmont College does not guarantee employment.  

Last Updated: 01/22/2018
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