Corrections Certificate

The Corrections Certificate program prepares students to serve as adult corrections officers in prisons. The Michigan Department of Corrections gives hiring preference to candidates who have completed a degree or occupational certificate in Corrections. These courses have been approved by the Michigan Department of Corrections and will serve as the minimum requirements that will allow candidates to apply for the entry level position of Corrections Officer. It also serves to enhance the skills of people currently employed in correctional settings. The Correctional Officer Training Act requires that specific college courses and academy training are necessary in order to certify individuals as correctional officers. Students are advised to discuss specific requirements with the GRCC Corrections Training Coordinator before enrolling. 

The following courses meet the requirements for the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council Certificate:

  • CJ105 Intro to Corrections
  • CJ115 Client Growth and Development
  • CJ216 Client Relations in Corrections
  • CJ221 Correctional Institutions
  • CJ237 Legal Issues in Corrections

Students must complete these courses with a minimum 2.0 grade in each class to receive the Michigan Correctional Officers Vocational Certificate.

Employment within the Criminal Justice field may be delayed or denied depending on a history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors and/or involving controlled substances.