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Correctional Probation Officer

Correctional probation officers have the authority to enforce laws and maintain civil order by managing offenders under supervision. Officers should never take this responsibility lightly and always act within the boundaries of their authority to uphold the recognized standards of the profession’s code of conduct. This chapter contains an overview of the correctional probation officer program and the requirements necessary for students to become certified officers. It provides you with instruction on basic criminal justice values and ethics, identifies the consequences of sexual harassment, and presents information to help officers manage stress. You will also receive a basic understanding of the structure, components, and chain of command of the criminal justice system.


  • Complete a basic recruit training program for Correctional Officers.
  • Be certified in the State of Florida as a Law Enforcement Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Law Enforcement to Corrections.
  • Be certified in the State of Florida as a Correctional Probation Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Correctional Probation to Corrections.
  • Be a certified Correctional Officer in the United States and apply for the Equivalency of Training (EoT) program.


  • Monitor offenders through field contacts at their residence, employment sites and other locations in the community.
  • Conduct investigations, including Pre- Sentence Investigations, other state investigation, and violation reports.
  • Make appropriate referrals to assist the offender with resources available to them, and to assist them in successfully completing their terms of supervision.
  • Testify in court and parole hearings.
  • Performs related work as required.


In accordance with Florida Statute 943.13 and Florida Administrative Code 33-208.402, any person employed as a Florida Correctional Probation Officer must: 

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States notwithstanding any laws of the State to the contrary.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, nor have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Have passed a medical examination by a licensed physician, based on specifications established by the Commission.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the Commission.


Additional Requirements For Entrance Into The Southwest Florida Public Service Academy

  • Complete a CJBAT or FBAT. (BAT)
  • Meet the minimum qualifications (including a PAT).
  • Minimum requirements and steps to attend the Corrections Basic Academy
    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be a citizen of the United States.
    • Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
    • Have a valid Florida Driver’s License
    • Have not had any excessive traffic citations. Three in the last two years.
    • Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
    • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
    • No misdemeanor convictions in the last 5 years.
    • No DUI conviction in the last 5 years.
    • Drug free minimum 1-5 years prior (marijuana use, 1 year; all other drug use, 5 years).

Course Fee :

In State – $3,020.04
Out of State – $ 7,960.02

(All course fees must be paid by credit/debit card or money order. Cash will not be accepted.)

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  • 11 Courses
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