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Apply for a TDCJ Correctional Officer Position

Correctional Officer positions are not posted and new applicants are required to schedule and complete pre-employment testing. If you meet the basic eligibility criteria, please schedule Correctional Officer pre-employment testing. Please bring your completed application and all required documents to your scheduled appointment.

Are you a former TDCJ Correctional Officer or Correctional Officer supervisor (Sergeant through Warden) who has been gone for less than three years?$2,000 Recruiting Bonus at Select Units

Yes, I am.

No, I am not.


No, I am not a former Correctional Officer or Correctional supervisor.

If you meet the basic eligibility criteria, you will need to schedule Correctional Officer pre-employment testing. This test consists of a total of 100 multiple-choice questions. It has five parts: Memory and Observation, Situational Reasoning, Reading Comprehension/Deductive Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Arithmetic. If you require special devices or extra time to take the test, notify us in advance. Call (936) 437-4098. If you pass the test, you will be interviewed. The test and interview process will take 3 to 8 hours, depending on the time of your interview.

Take a sample test.

View Correctional Officer Salary.

To schedule the test, select Schedule CO Pre-employment Test from this page. Choose the location and date that is most convenient. Complete the on-line form and select the Submit Form button to schedule your test and interview. After submitting the referral form, a page will open that provides driving directions and specific information for the test site selected.

Do not mail your application! You will need to bring your completed State of Texas Application for Employment, TDCJ Employment Application Supplement, and all required documents to your scheduled appointment.

Please Note:

You must bring all required documents to your scheduled CO pre-employment testing appointment.

All application forms may be downloaded from our website or you may pick up the forms at your local Texas Workforce Solutions office.

For additional information, see TDCJ Corrections as a Career.

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Page updated: 05/17/2019