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Pennsylvania Corrections Officer Trainee Statewide Opportunities / Exam

Posted on 18 October 2021 by

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections 
Government, Policy, & International Affairs 
Harrisburg, PA  

Are you looking for more than just a job, but the start of a successful career? If you have a strong dedication to public service and want to help keep the public safe, we encourage you to submit an application.

Candidates must successfully complete a background investigation, medical examination, psychological evaluation, and urinalysis screening for drugs.
•Parking provided
•Meals provided
•Uniforms provided
•Eligible for full retirement benefits at age 50 or 55
•This is a union position and is subject to the promotion provisions of a collective bargaining agreement or memorandum.
•Comprehensive benefits package, including health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs
•Benefits Information (

Apply today if you would like to be considered as a Corrections Officer Trainee.

Successful candidates will work a 40-hour work week with shifts to be determined, attend and successfully pass a five week training program, work "locked inside" a facility unarmed and exposed to the danger of physical harm, accept the possibility that you may have to use physical force during inmate disturbances, work any shift and work in all areas of the institution as assigned, work overtime as required by operation necessities and emergencies, work on those weekends and holidays which occur during your normal work schedule, and report to work under adverse weather conditions.

Due to restrictions in Pennsylvania state laws, you cannot be employed as a corrections officer trainee if you have been convicted of a crime of violence (murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, or entering a building with the intent to commit a crime). Any other criminal history will be thoroughly investigated to determine if you should be disqualified.


PLEASE NOTE: Once you have obtained a score, you may receive email notifications as vacancies are posted. To review all available vacancies for this title, please refer to the Open Jobs page of our website. You must apply to each vacancy for which you are interested. If you apply to a vacancy posting prior to receiving a score, you will be deemed ineligible and directed to apply to this examination posting.
•Full-time employment


The Corrections Officer Trainee participates in formal training sessions and on-the-job assignments to develop skills and techniques in the custody and supervision of inmates in a state correctional facility. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a corrections officer. Work in this position involves the care, custody, control, and non-professional counseling of inmates.

Duties for this position include:

• Directing inmates and maintaining security in cellblocks, housing units, cottages, work areas, dining, and recreation areas.
• Observing inmates inmate behavior and reporting anything unusual to a corrections officer.
• Participating in formalized instruction in the areas of sociology, psychology, court procedures, self-defense, leadership, custodial responsibilities, and the facilities organizational structure.
• Providing advice and guidance in assisting inmates in their adjustment to and participating in correctional processes and the Department's rules and regulations.
• Work varies from duties where there is direct involvement with inmates to work where there is limited contact with inmates and visitors.

Please check your inbox and spam mail regularly as additional information regarding the interview process will be sent to the email address you utilized when applying for this vacancy. Once you receive the interview notice email, please respond by the date indicated in the email to accept or decline the interview date/time. Please note that all applicants may not receive an interview notice. This depends on your score as well as the number of positions available.


Qualifications: •Must meet PA residency requirement – For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency
•Necessary Special Requirement - Must be at least 21 years of age at time of application
•Do not submit resumes, cover letters, and similar documents. These documents will not be reviewed and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position or to determine your score. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
•Must be able to perform essential job functions

Legal Requirements: •You must pass a background investigation
•A conditional offer of employment will require a medical examination, psychological evaluation, and urinalysis screening for drugs

Veterans: Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals)

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


•Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
•Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.
•You must provide complete and accurate information or: ◦your score may be lower than deserved.
◦you may be disqualified.

•You may retest 6 months after date of last exam
•Your results will be provided via email.
•Only your most recent exam score is counted.

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