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Criminal Justice Corrections - Certificate of Achievement

Would you like to work as a Corrections Officer in the Michigan prison system? Delta College offers a five class, 15-credit certificate that the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) requires to become a corrections officer.

If you easily handle conflict and stress, can communicate well and be composed in difficult situations, this certificate will prepare you for work with the MDOC.

About the program

Experienced faculty emphasizes strong communication and decision-making skills for those responsible for the restraint and incarceration of offenders.

This certificate fulfills the educational requirements for application to the Michigan Department of Corrections. Possession of this certificate will give an applicant preferential treatment of 10 civil service points in the civil service hiring process.  

The program is designed to prepare students to obtain an entry-level position in the field. Upon graduation, students should understand the daily operations and functions of the criminal justice corrections system with the MDOC. 

There are no prerequisites to enter the program, which can be completed in one semester (four months).

Job outlook

The MDOC is currently hiring corrections officers for positions across the state. Starting salary for an entry-level corrections officer is $33,400. The maximum salary after five and a half years of service is $51,175.

Source: Michigan Department of Corrections

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Gregory A. Teter
Associate Professor
989-686-9253; Office G-124

Criminal Justice Corrections - Certificate of Achievement

Program Code: CSZ.35724

The Delta College Criminal Justice program is designed to give you specialized knowledge of the criminal justice field combined with a broad general educational background. The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand and continuous upgrading of personnel by corrections agencies. As a graduate of this program, you would be prepared to seek employment as corrections officer, juvenile officer, or prepare for careers in probation/parole/courts, federal government, pre-law and many other related careers.

Certificate Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CJ 130W3Introduction to Corrections ______________
CJ 132W3Client Relations in Corrections ______________
CJ 135W3Correctional Institutions and Facilities ______________
CJ 233W3Client Growth and Development ______________
CJ 238W3Legal Issues in Corrections ______________

15Total Credits Required


1 - 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.
2 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.

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