Certified Correctional Trainers

Certified Jail trainer



1. What is the purpose of certification?

    The Correctional Trainer Certification Commission (CTCC), the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP), and the American Jail Association (AJA) promote the concept of voluntary certification for all correctional trainers. Certification is one part of a process called credentialing. It focuses specifically on the individual and is an indication of current competency in a specialized field. Correctional trainers who become certified will be distinguished as individuals who have reached one of the highest levels of achievement in their field.

2. Who is eligible to apply to become a Certified Correctional Trainer?

    Candidates must have three years of experience as a correctional trainer as defined in the CCT Handbook for Candidates. Anyone who provides training for managers, staff, and/or volunteers of a correctional agency. Adjunct or field trainers and faculty of institutions of higher learning in the areas of corrections, criminal and juvenile justice (and related areas) are eligible to participate in the certification process. Trainer skills include preparing adequately, both for content and training logistics; delivering clear, engaging presentations; effectively facilitating participant learning activities; evaluating the effectiveness of training; and making adjustments to improve effectiveness.

3. How can I become a Certified Correctional Trainer?

    The five-step process of becoming a CCT:

    1. Request an application
    2. Submit the written application documenting eligibility along with the required work sample, and appropriate fee.
    3. Be deemed eligible by the CTCC.
    4. Submit the Application for the CCT Examination with required fees.
    5. Take and pass the examination.

4. How can I obtain the necessary CCT application forms?

Download the CCT Application (PDF) or request by mail by clicking here.

5. How can I find out more about the CCT program?

Download the CCT Handbook (PDF) or request by mail by clicking here.

6. How much will the Certification process cost?

      There is a nonrefundable application fee of: $125 for AJA and IACTP members and $180 for nonmembers. The application fee must be submitted with the application.



Although general knowledge of the experienced Correctional Trainer and familiarity with
current practices are what is required to pass the certification examination, the following list of
might be of some assistance in preparing for the examination. It is recommended
that candidates review the certification examination content outline listed in the Handbook for
Candidates. If there are areas where you wish to increase your knowledge, the following list of
resources may be helpful. It should be noted that the list of resources is neither all‐inclusive
nor exhaustive.

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