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Sheriff’s Corrections Academy Certificate

The Sheriff’s Corrections Academy Certificate is a pre-service and in-service academy that will prepare you to become certified as a Sheriff’s Corrections Officer in Michigan.

Sheriff’s Corrections agencies in Michigan require Local Corrections Officer candidates to attend a Local Corrections Academy approved by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC). This training academy meets the requirements to prepare candidates to assume the role and function of corrections officers in a local correctional facility.

The Sheriffs’ Corrections Academy Certificate is a 4-week program that will be offered in the Winter and Fall semesters, with consideration to run special academies during the summer semesters.

All applicants must first complete an application and be screened according to Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) standards. All potential recruits must pass all of the minimum MSCTC standards, attend an interview and be selected into the program. Minimum hiring standards can be located at

Admissions requirements

The admission process for this program includes a full criminal background check. Students must provide a social security number in order for this process to be completed.

Candidates must have completed the Local Corrections Officer Physical Abilities Test (LCOPAT) and the Local Corrections EMPCO standardized test prior to admission into the academy. 

All academy courses must be taken at GRCC once admitted into the Sheriff’s Corrections Academy Certificate Program. None of the courses can be transferred from another institution.

How to apply for the program

After applying to GRCC at, student recruits should submit this interest form for the Sheriff's Corrections Academy.

Admission into the program requires departmental consent. If there is a program waitlist for the semester that you want to begin the academy, submitting this form is the first step to secure your placement on the waitlist.

Financial Aid

This program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, but may be covered by GRCC scholarships.

History of convictions

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.

Program Courses and Requirements


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