Certified Correctional Trainers

Correctional Trainer Certification Commission (CTCC)

From left to right: Stacie Mitchell, Wesley Wagner and Kathleen Mickle-Askin. Not pictured: Erin O'Hearn, Desiree Harrington and Don Gala.


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 four-step process of becoming a CCT:
  1. Submit the application documenting eligibility along with the required work sample, and appropriate fee.
  2. Be deemed eligible by the CTCC.
  3. Submit the Application for the CCT Examination with required fees.
  4. Take and pass the examination.

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

Download the CCT Application (PDF).

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

Download the CCT Handbook (PDF)

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.

Click here to see the current professionals recognized as Certified Correctional Trainers.


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 resources 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 allâ€┬Éinclusive nor exhaustive.

For more information on the American Jail Association's Certification Programs please contact Kim Eichelberger, Certification Manager, at 301-790-3930 or click here to send an e-mail.