Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

For immediate release:

Monday August 7, 2000

New York state Correction Officer examination scheduled for November 18

A competitive examination for the position of New York State Department of Correctional Services Correction Officer Trainee - English and Spanish speaking - will be held November 18 at Department of Civil Service testing centers throughout the state.

"It benefits the entire prison system for word of this upcoming Correction Officer exam to get the widest possible distribution," said DOCS Commissioner Glenn S. Goord. "The Correction Officers of New York have demonstrated time and again that they are among the most professional and hardest-working employees of this state. I urge all eligible New Yorkers, especially women and minorities, to consider joining their ranks for a rewarding and fulfilling career."

Individuals interested in taking this competitive exam must complete an application and forward it along with a non-refundable $25 application fee to the New York State Department of Civil Service at Building One, State Office Campus, Albany, N.Y., 12239. Applications can be obtained from that office and at local New York State Employment Offices, regional Civil Service offices and state correctional facilities.

Applications also can be obtained by contacting the DOCS Correction Officer Recruitment Unit at Building 2, State Office Campus, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y., 12226. Additionally, information may be obtained via the Internet at

All completed applications must be postmarked no later than October 2.

The starting annual salary for a New York state Correction Officer currently is $25,029. Upon successful completion of the seven-week training program and a one-year probationary period, the annual salary increases to $30,570.

Correction Officers also receive a comprehensive health insurance program, benefits package, retirement program and a lucrative career opportunity within the Department.

To take this competitive, written exam, individuals must be at least 18 years of age and in good physical and mental health. Conviction of a felony automatically disqualifies someone from becoming a Correction Officer. Misdemeanor convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility. Additionally, at the time of appointment, candidates must be at least 21 years old, be a New York state resident and possess at least a high school diploma or GED.

To qualify for consideration to become a state Correction Officer, applicants must score at least 70 on the written exam, and are ranked according to score. Applicants are then subjected to a background check and must qualify medically, physically and psychologically before being appointed to the Department's Training Academy in Albany for a comprehensive seven-week training program.

Candidates who successfully complete the Training Academy program and their subsequent probationary period will earn 16 college credits toward a post-secondary degree. Credits are awarded through PONSI (policy on non-collegiate sponsored instruction), which is affiliated with all colleges and universities through Empire State College.

The career ladder from Correction Officer goes to Correction Sergeant, Correction Lieutenant and Correction Captain, with the option of appointment to Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent. Promotions within the uniformed ranks are based on Civil Service examinations which are offered periodically as needed by the Department.

The Department currently has approximately 24,000 Correction Officers. The current need for new Correction Officer candidates is based on several factors including promotions, attrition and the potential for continued prison expansion.

Correction Officers serve under the direct supervision of a higher ranking Officer and are responsible for the care, custody and control of the 71,000 inmates housed in 70 facilities throughout New York. Additionally, Correction Officers are charged with advising inmates on the rules and regulations governing the operation of the facility, and assisting them in resolving problems.

The upcoming written examination is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:

  • Observing and recalling facts and information.
  • Applying written information in a correctional services setting.
  • Understanding and interpreting written material.
  • Preparing written material.