The Jail Manager Certification Commission (JMCC) and the American Jail Association (AJA) promote the concept of voluntary certification of all jail personnel. Certification is one part of a process called credentialing. It focuses specifically on the individual and provides evidence of that individual’s competency in the field. Certification signifies and documents the mastery of a strong level of knowledge in a specialized field. It plays a significant role in the elevation of professionalism and provides an opportunity for professional growth by encouraging education which, in turn, fosters effective management practices.

Our certification programs are designed for those individuals who strive to elevate the field of local corrections. We now offer three certification programs which are valid for a period of four years.

AJA Individual Membership is not required; however, AJA Individual Members or AJA Agency Members are eligible for discounts on CJO, CJM and CCT application fees. IACTP Members are eligible for a discount on the CCT application fee.

These prestigious programs provide evidence to your colleagues and community that you have been tested and found to possess a high competency in these levels of corrections.

5 step prison certificate

Become Certified in Five Easy Steps!

  1. Step 1– Submit your Certified Candidate Application Form, required documentation, and appropriate fees to the American Jail Association by the Application deadline of the desired testing period.
  2. Step 2– Upon receipt of the completed Application Form, AJA Headquarters will verify the information and then determine your eligibility to sit for the examination. If eligible, a packet of testing information will be sent to your home address. Once received, complete the Examination Payment Submission Form, Application for the Certification Examination, enclose the appropriate fees, and submit to AJA Headquarters by the Exam Application deadline of the desired testing period.
  3. Step 3– AJA Headquarters will submit the appropriate forms to the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC). PTC will e-mail approximately 6 weeks prior to the start of the testing period an Eligibility Notice which contains information on how to schedule your testing appointment. If you do not receive this notice at least 3 weeks before the testing period, please call PTC at 212-356-0660.
  4. Step 4– Call the phone number listed on your Eligibility Notice to set up your official testing appointment.
  5. Step 5– Take the exam!

For more information on the American Jail Association’s Certification Programs please contact Kendra Thompson, Certification Coordinator, at 301-790-3930 or certification@aja.org.

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