Careers in Corrections : Application & Selection Process
When you apply for a position in correctional services, all applications must be complete with all mandatory documents included. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only apply to advertised positions. Submissions made directly to the Correctional Services Recruitment Unit will not be accepted.
It can take six to nine months to complete all stages of the recruitment process. Only if you are successful in each stage of the process will you be contacted to proceed to the next stage. When you successfully meet all the requirements, an offer of employment will be extended.
Submitting your Application
Please include the following documents with your application package:
- Resume and covering letter
- Pre-employment Questionnaire (included on website with job advertisement)
You must apply to the job posting online.
You need to successfully complete several stages in sequence before being accepted into training. Successful completion of the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program is the final stage of the recruitment process.
Stage 1: Application
- To qualify, you must meet the basic requirements and follow the process outlined in the job advertisement.
Stage 2: Testing
If you meet the basic requirements of the correctional officer position, you will be invited to complete a series of ministry-administered written tests to determine whether you meet the aptitude, cognitive and behavioural requirements of the correctional officer position.
Note: Candidates attending the testing must bring a photocopy and two original pieces of government issued identification other than a health card or social insurance number. At least one piece of identification must include a photograph taken within the last five years. In addition, you must bring a photocopy and an original secondary school graduation diploma, transcripts or equivalency certificate to the training session. For additional information, see education requirements.
Acceptable Photo Identification
Canadian citizenship card
Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL card)
permanent residency card
certificate of Indian Status
Canadian National Institute of the Blind card
Canadian Military Employment card or Canadian Military Family Identification card
Ontario Photo ID card
Acceptable Non-Photo Identification
Canadian blood donor card
Stage 3: Fitness Test for Ontario Correctional Officer Applicants (FITCO)
To Book a Formal FITCO Test:
You must book your appointment directly with one of the colleges listed below via the contact information provided. There is a $70 fee per test. If requested, remember to provide the user number you were provided at your orientation session. Bring your paperwork to the testing session:
- 2014 PAR-Q+ and if necessary ePARmed-X print out and FITCO Physical Activity Readiness Conveyance form.
- Informed Consent and Release form,
- Performance Declaration form.
Stage 4: Enhanced Security Clearance
- You must receive enhanced security clearance to be considered for the correctional officer position.
- You will be required to attend Ontario Provincial Police stations for fingerprints and complete and submit documentation for vulnerable sector security clearance to your local police service (if different than the OPP).
- You will be provided with further information, including detailed instructions and forms to complete the enhanced security process should you be invited to attend an orientation/testing session.
- You are responsible for the costs of the enhanced security clearance, which may vary by jurisdiction, but are generally less than $75 in total.
Note: If you have not been a resident of Canada or the United States for at least five years, you must provide a security clearance letter from the police or municipal office from your former country of residence indicating that you do not have a criminal record, ties to organized crime and are not a security threat to Canada.
If you have lived outside of Canada or the United States within the past five years you must provide a security clearance letter from the police or municipal office of your former country of residence indicating that you do not have a criminal record, ties to organized crime and are not a security threat to Canada.
Stage 5: Interview
- If you successfully pass through stages one through four, you will be invited to attend an interview to further discuss your qualifications and experience.
Stage 6: Conditional Offer of Employment
- If you are successful in the interview process, you will receive a conditional offer of fixed term employment.
- The offer will be conditional upon you:
- obtaining pre-employment medical clearance that confirms your ability to perform the tasks of the correctional officer position, and
- successful completion of the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program administered by the Ontario Correctional Services College.
You must arrange for your own medical appointments. The pre-employment medical will include hearing and vision tests. You are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining pre-employment medical clearance and any related tests.
Correctional Officer Training and Assessment Program
You must complete an eight-week training and assessment program in order to receive a letter of appointment from an institution. For further information on the COTA program, see Correctional Officer Training and Assessment.