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  

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.


Corporal Samuel
Jines, CJO
Davidson CSO
Nashville, TN


Corporal Patrick
Vongsamphanh, CJO
Davidson CSO
Nashville, TN



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 inpreparing 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: