School of Human and Protective Services

Protective Services Education Building 100
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-5400

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Jail Officer


Program number: 905042CERT


The Basic Jail Academy at Madison College is a program that provides the curriculum required for Jail Officer certification with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Standards Board. The Jail Officer program is a 160-hour course that focuses on the philosophical and tactical principles of working as a correctional officer in Wisconsin.

The course includes a skills-assessment examination prior to completion to verify student competence. Topics covered include state law and administration code provisions governing county jail operations, the basic constitutional rights of prisoners, as established by federal courts, and basic guidelines regarding effective correctional practices and procedures. Upon the successful completion of the program, a student will be eligible for certification with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a jail officer.

Madison College offers the Jail Academy to agencies across Wisconsin, as well as pre-service candidates. Submissions for agency-sponsored recruits must be in at least 30 days prior to the start of the academy. For sworn recruit enrollment information, contact Kris Rauls at (608) 245-5888 or krauls@madisoncollege.eduLate or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Program Details

Students in the Jail Academy can attend full time.

Academy classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


July 10 - August 4, 2017 (Applications due April 1 - June 1, 2017)

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 Dept. of Justice background check, you will recieve the academy training schedule, uniform requirements, policies, and orientation information.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.