Certified Jail Officer




The Certified Jail Officer certification is for front-line officers. Candidates are tested on their general knowledge of:

  • Jail Operations
  • Safety & Security
  • Professional & Legal Concepts
  • Special Populations
  • Support Services  
                      Detention Officer Anthony Rubek, CJO

Certification provides documented evidence to the public that the individual was examined by an independent
professional organization in the competency of general and management skills regarding operational practices
in the field of local corrections. It not only elevates professional standards of jail operations by indicating that the individual has the proper job experience and body of knowledge, but also encourages continuing education,
professional growth, and a commitment to continue working in the local corrections profession.
All AJA certifications are effective for four years.

​James Frost, CJO
Manistee County Sheriff’s Department 

Corey Little, CJO
Pottawattamie County Jail


   Although general knowledge of the experienced jail officer
   and familiarity with current practices are what is required
   to pass the examination, the resource list will be of some
   assistance in preparing for the examination. The list of
resources is neither all-inclusive nor exhaustive.

For more information regarding any of the American Jail Association's certification programs, send an email to our Certification Department: