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Correctional Officer-Sponsored Training Program

Graduates of a correctional officer-sponsored training program are not guaranteed employment!

In addition to the regular applicant procedure, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has also established a contract agreement with Gary Job Corps Center to provide correctional officer (CO) training. Although applicants initially pay for the training, this CO-sponsored training program provides individuals the opportunity to attend training in their local areas. To enroll in the CO-sponsored training program, contact the Gary Job Corps Center listed herein and follow their enrollment procedures. Enrollment procedures include:

  1. Receive and submit an application at the participating training program.

  2. The participating training program sets a date for TDCJ screening.

  3. A TDCJ representative administers a pre-employment test and interviews applicants at the participating training program.

  4. Within several working days, TDCJ notifies the training program of the applicants who are tentatively acceptable for hire pending completion of a background check.

  5. Selected applicants pay tuition and are trained by the participating training program with no guarantee of employment by TDCJ. Tuition is not reimbursed by the TDCJ.

  6. Applicants who successfully complete training and are selected for hire will receive a letter from TDCJ requesting that they to report to a regional in-processing center. Applicants become employees on the designated date of in-processing and will report to their unit of assignment the following day.

Correctional Officer-Sponsored Training Program Salary
Effective September 1, 2019

Full-time CO-Sponsored Training Program Correctional Officer Salary
Title *Monthly Salary Months of
CO III $3,019.84 0 to 12
CO IV $3,284.27 13 to 36
CO IV $3,480.77 37 to 72
CO V $3,720.17 73+

*Salary rates may differ for return-to-work retirees who are not ERS contributors.

Page updated: 10/09/2019