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Minimum Qualifications

At least 20 YEARS of age at the time of application and 21 YEARS of age at the time of appointment to the Academy.
Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D or equivalent from a U.S. accredited institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required, or possession of a college degree (Associate of Arts or higher) from an U.S. accredited college or university.
Be a citizen of the U.S. or legal permanent resident.
As a minimum requirement, a thorough background investigation must be conducted prior to a candidate’s appointment or training as a Correctional Peace Officer. Additionally, must have no felony convictions and eligible to own/possess a firearm.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Sick and Vacation Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Recruitment and Retention Differential Pay
  • Bilingual Pay
  • Education incentive
  • 401 (k) Plan
  • 401 (k) Deferred Compensation

CDCR is Committed to an Inclusive and
Diverse Workforce

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is committed to building an inclusive and culturally diverse workplace. We are determined to attract and hire more candidates from diverse communities and empower all employees from a variety of cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and personal experiences. We are proud to foster inclusion and drive collaborative efforts to increase representation at all levels of the Department.

Becoming a peace officer with CDCR means you are joining a family of dedicated, hardworking men and women responsible for ensuring public safety throughout California. Once you join CDCR, there are many career options you can pursue as a peace officer including Parole, Internal Affairs, Correctional Safety as well as specialized team assignments including Investigative Services Unit, Crisis Response Team, Gang Task Force, and Fugitive Apprehension Team.

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