North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Detention Officer Certification Course

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

All persons who are employed as detention officers at local confinement facilities are required by the Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission or the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission to successfully complete this course.

Course Goals:

To present the basic standard operating  procedures for local confinement facilities and to develop the role and responsibilities of professional detention officers.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:

 - Supervise inmates providing safety, security, meals, proper sanitation and medical care.
 - Respond to medical emergencies within the facility.
 - Search incoming and resident prisoners.
 - Search a cell block and general areas.
 - Apply information of a prisoner’s legal and constitutional rights to administrative operation of the detention facility, composition of disciplinary sanctions, use of force and civil liability to officers.
 - Identify and cope with stressful situations.
 - Maintain personal and detention facility security. 
 - Deal effectively with inmates.
 - Process incoming prisoners.
 - Transport prisoners safely.
 - Profile characteristics of a potential suicide.
 - Respond to inmates in crisis situations.
 - Develop the ability to respond to a physical attack to ensure the safety of officers and inmates.
 - Develop and implement emergency plans.
 - Properly demonstrate the use of fire equipment. 


This course employs lecture, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. The student must score a minimum of 70% on written tests and/or practical exercises for each block and score a minimum of 70% on the final  Commission-administered written exam.
Special Concerns:
Uniforms are required for class unless otherwise stated. Students must also have proper gym clothes for physical assessment, physical training, and subject control techniques. Some evening sessions may be required.


You may register for classes at either campus using the NC Justice Academy Training Portal at


Course Coordinator:

Amanda Stephenson

Length of Course:

Twenty-four days - 184 hours