Jail Officer


Program Number: 905042CERT

Credits: 5

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $694.50
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

The Jail Officer Academy at Madison College prepares you for an entry-level position as a correctional officer. Admission is limited to sworn officers who have been assigned by their department and pre-service students who meet all of the requirements.

Submissions for agency-sponsored recruits must be in at least 30 days prior to the start of the Jail Officer Academy. As a pre-service applicant you should follow the deadlines listed on the Admissions tab. For sworn recruit enrollment information, contact Kris Rauls at (608) 245-5888 or krauls@madisoncollege.edu.

Program Details

Students in the Jail Officer Academy must attend full-time.

Class hours during the five-week (200 hour) academy are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Department of Justice requires you attend 100 percent of the training unless excused by the academy director. Excused absences are extremely limited and will only be granted under certain circumstances.

Academy classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

CANCELED: Summer 2020 Jail program.


CANCELED: Summer 2020 Jail offering

Summer 2021 dates will be posted this fall.

Early applications are not accepted.

Students seeking admission to the Jail Officer Certification must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete the Wisconsin Department of Justice Application for Enrollment-Jail Officer Training (DJ-LE-327)
  • Complete a criminal history records check
  • Complete a satisfactory oral interview
  • Not have a suspended or revoked driver's license

Students accepted into the Jail Officer Certification Course must undergo a physical assessment by a Wisconsin licensed physician.

How to apply to academy as pre-service candidate:

Please read the entire process below.

Part ONE: Documentation

Download and complete:


Mail documents to:

Madison College Law Enforcement Academy
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704

* Late or incomplete applications are not considered for further entry into the academy.

Part TWO: Interview

If your application passes review:

You will be notified of your interview date. It will be within 75 days of the start of the academy.

Part Three: Conditional Acceptance

Based on the results of your interview, you will receive a conditional acceptance letter into the academy as a pre-service recruit and directions for medical assessment DJLE-332, fingerprinting and a criminal background check.

Part Four: Final Acceptance

If you pass the Department of Justice background check, you will receive the Jail Officer Academy training schedule, uniform requirements, policies, and orientation information.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.