Jail Officer


Program Number: 905042CERT

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $846.00
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.

Upon the successful completion of the program, you will be eligible for certification with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a jail officer.


Academy classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


2021 Offering: May 24, 2021 to June 25, 2021 (applications due March 1 – May 1, 2021)

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.

2021 applicants must be sponsored by an agency.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.