Certified Jail Supervisor

Jail Manager Certification Commission (JMCC)

Left to right: Amber Redmond, Lisa Peck, and Anthony Yeber. Not pictured: Michael Harris and Jared Schechter.

The Jail Manager Certification Commission (JMCC) and the American Jail Association (AJA) promote the concept of voluntary certification for all jail supervisors. Certification is part of a process called credentialing and focuses specifically on the individual. It provides documented evidence to the public that the individual has been examined by an independent professional organization and found to possess current competency in his/her field. Certification documents the mastery of a strong level of knowledge in the specialty. It provides a form of recognition and achievement, indicating to one's peers that the individual has taken the time and effort, beyond job experience, to learn the body of knowledge, thus exhibiting a significant commitment to working in the profession.


1. Who is eligible to apply to become a Certified Jail Supervisor? 

Candidates Must be employed full-time for a minimum of one year as a paid jail supervisor as defined in this Handbook, or have been previously employed full-time for a minimum of one year as a paid jail supervisor with no more than a two-year lapse since last such employment at the time the examination is taken. Candidates not currently employed as a jail Supervisor must state an intention to re-enter the field of jail management and provide documentation of employment when employment as a jail supervisor commences.

2. Who qualifies as a Jail Supervisor?

A person (sworn or civilian) in the front line and/or mid-level management who supervises the work and performance of an employee or employees in a jail facility.

3. How can I obtain the necessary CJS application forms?

Download the CJS Handbook and CJS Application.

4. How much will the Certification process cost?

            $299 for AJA members
            $399 for non-members
            $199 for Leadership Academy graduates. 

5. How do I take the exam?

The CJS Certification process is online. Frist, download the AJA Certification Registration and Examination Instructions​. Then go to aja.certifior.com to upload your application and start the exam process.

Do not send any applications to the American Jail Association. The entire application and testing process is completed online.

CJS Study/Resource List

Although a general knowledge of the experienced jail supervisor 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 Content of 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.

For more information on the American Jail Association's Certification Programs please contact Kendra Thompson, Certification Manager, at 301-857-2323 or click here to send an e-mail.