CO I - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. After I sign the certification list, what is the next step?
  2. If I receive notification of a date and time that I am scheduled to report to the Shirley Training Academy for a Formal Interview, what documents will I be required to bring with me?
  3. What does the Physical Abilities Testing process entail?
  4. What is the base salary for a Correction Officer I position?
  5. Do I receive additional pay for college degrees?
  6. I previously went through the Pre-Screening process but was not selected for a position; do I need to go through the process again?
  7. Where do I stand on the list and how many people are ahead of me?
  8. What will the academy entail?
  9. Once I complete the academy, where will I be assigned and when will I be notified as to where I will be assigned?
  10. What will my shift and days off be?
  11. When should I submit my resignation to my current employer?

  1. After I sign the certification list, what is the next step?
    The initial step in the process of screening candidates for a Correction Officer I position with the Massachusetts Department of Correction will be compiling a Criminal History Background Report. Once the report is completed, if you are cleared for further consideration and if your Civil Service Examination Score can be reached, you will be contacted by letter or phone call by the Division of Human Resources to schedule a formal interview at the Shirley Training Academy.

  2. If I receive notification of a date and time that I am scheduled to report to the Shirley Training Academy for a Formal Interview, what documents will I be required to bring with me?
    • (2) Completed Employment Application Forms - 1-Original & 1-Copy
    • Valid Driver's License
    • Birth Certificate
    • Professional Certified Licenses (if applicable)
    • High school diploma or Official high school transcript
    • GED (if applicable)
    • All College Degrees or Official Transcripts
    • Social Security Card
    • DD 214 Long Form (If in Military)
    • Citizenship paperwork, Naturalization paperwork (if applicable) Court documents stating that outstanding warrants are closed (if applicable)


  3. What does the Physical Abilities Testing process entail?
    The Pre-Screening process consists of physical fitness, psychological, and drug testing. The requirements for the above-mentioned tests can be found in the application packet, which is issued to applicants when they come in to sign the certification list. If an applicant fails any part of the Pre-Screening process they are immediately disqualified from continuing in this process. However, applicants are encouraged to sign the next certification list and try again.

  4. What is the base salary for a Correction Officer I position?
    $1,946.41 bi-weekly during the ten (10) week Basic Training. Upon completion of Basic Training you will be assigned to a facility and could receive additional pay for Roll Call, and Shift Differential.

  5. Do I receive additional pay for college degrees?
    Yes. Associates Degree: $1500 Annually Bachelors Degree: $2500 Annually Masters Degree: $3000 Annually

  6. I previously went through the Pre-Screening process but was not selected for a position; do I need to go through the process again?
    Yes, each time an applicant signs the certification list they must complete the entire pre-employment process.

  7. Where do I stand on the list and how many people are ahead of me?
    It does not matter what page you are on the certification list, it depends on how many people come in to sign the list. For example, you could be number fifty (50) on the certification list and only twenty (20) people come in to sign the list including you. You would be considered out of the twenty (20) people who signed the list. The selection would go in order of the civil service score and the successful completion of the Pre-Screening process.

  8. What will the academy entail?
    During the ten (10) week Basic Training Academy, you will become familiar with the Department of Correction policies and procedures, as well as, work on personal physical conditioning.

  9. Once I complete the academy, where will I be assigned and when will I be notified as to where I will be assigned?
    If and when you successfully complete the academy, you will be notified shortly before the ten (10) weeks are completed as to where you will be assigned. The list you have signed is the "Where Assigned" list, which means you are willing to accept a position at any institution in the state.

  10. What will my shift and days off be?
    Your shift and days off are assigned according to the operational needs of the institution that you have been assigned to. Your shift and days off will be determined at the time of assignment.

  11. When should I submit my resignation to my current employer?
    Selection for a Correction Officer position is contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal History/Background check, Pre-Screening. Until you receive written confirmation that you have successfully completed all phases of the hiring process, you should not quit your current job until you have received written confirmation of employment from the Department of Correction.