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A secure future.
That’s what CCA’s security professionals gain when they join the founder and leader of the corrections management industry, performing what has been described as a recession-proof public service.
Contrary to stereotypical depictions of jails and prisons, CCA’s correctional centers are well-maintained, state-of-the-art facilities, outfitted with innovative technologies and security hardware. CCA facilities feature classrooms, medical and dental clinics, maintenance areas, business offices, recreation areas and gymnasiums, laundry mats, housing units, vocational shops and dining facilities.
And, with CCA, security professionals do more than just observe inmates. They deliver rehabilitative programs, oversee day-to-day services, mentor offenders, ensure safety for inmates, colleagues and the greater community, and much more.
From the front lines of daily inmate management to training correctional staff and managing shifts, security professionals with CCA enjoy a challenging, dynamic and fulfilling career. They comprise more than 65 percent of the company’s national workforce, realizing rewarding career opportunities as entry-level, intermediate and senior-level professionals. Security professionals serve in a variety of roles at CCA’s nationwide correctional centers in small towns, major metropolitan areas and many destinations in between. With our company, corrections is a time-honored specialty, with opportunities for advancement and achievement at each step.
Our training will give you confidence as a corrections professional.
At CCA, we want everyone to feel completely comfortable. We realize that working in corrections can be challenging, which is why we offer extensive training to every employee, whether you’re in security, healthcare, administration or any other role.
CCA offers training programs for all employees that incorporates, at a minimum, the stringent training requirements set forth by the American Correctional Association (ACA), our clients and CCA policies.
CCA facility training programs are directed by a qualified training manager with exemplary understanding of specialized corrections-related topics. They make sure that you get any necessary specialized training in areas such as crisis prevention.
New Employee Orientation
CCA offers a 40-hour orientation program for all new, full-time employees, which includes:
- Corporate history, philosophy, goals and objectives
- Facility policy and procedures
- Job responsibilities and personnel policies
- Employee standards of conduct
- Institutional safety
- Special management offenders
- Use of force and
- Emergency procedures among others.
Employees also receive additional training specific to their job assignments.
Correctional Officer Basic Training
In addition to 40 hours of pre-service orientation, all new full-time security personnel receive a minimum of 120 hours of training during their first year of employment. These training programs follow ACA standards. Courses typically contained in the basic curriculum include:
- Count procedures
- Cultural diversity
- Defensive tactics
- Direct supervision
- Emergency procedures
- Facility policy and procedures
- Firearms training
- Hostage situations
- First aid/CPR
- Inmate disciplinary procedures - rules and regulations
- Inmate grievance procedures
- Inmate classification procedures
- Interpersonal communications
- Legal issues and inmate rights
- Non-violent crisis intervention
- On-the-job training
- Radio communications
- Report writing
- Searches and contraband control
- Security procedures
- Search techniques
- Stress Management
- Substance abuse
- Tool and key control
- Transportation of inmates
- Unit management
- Unit procedures and post orders
- Use of force - regulations and tactics
- Use of restraints
New employees receive a minimum 40-hours of on-the-job training (OJT), which consists of structured activity and provides cognitive and skill-based training.
All correctional/direct supervision, support staff, professional specialist, administrative and managerial staff receive 40 hours of in-service training each year in accordance with ACA standards, designed around a "common core" concept. Annual, routine and ad hoc training help provide new and current employees with new information.