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Training and Development

The development of employees is essential to helping the Department of Corrections meet the challenges of today’s quickly changing world. Foundational training as listed below will help employees to perform the duties defined in their positions. Then continued training throughout the employee’s career continues to develop and prepare employees to be successful within their positions in the department.

NEO – New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation is the Department of Corrections foundational academy for new employees who work in correctional facilities and offices. The purpose of New Employee Orientation is to provide new staff with an overview of the Department of Corrections, including its operations, policies, and performance expectations. It has been designed to meet WAC standards, keeping in mind the Department’s vision and mission.

With New Employee Orientation, the Department is demonstrating it’s commitment to providing new employees with the core knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as corrections professionals working in an extremely challenging environment. This is only the first phase of training that all DOC employees will receive.

CWC – Correctional Worker Core Academy

The Correctional Worker Core curriculum is the foundational set of courses that introduce new correctional workers to the knowledge, skills and basic work functions that are at the core of corrections professionalism. It is based on performance standards that are specific to achieving the DOC mission, including individual, teamwork and organizational competencies.

CMA – Case Management Academy

Case Management Academy is a basic academy for employees who make supervision decisions regarding incarcerated offenders and offenders under community supervision. The academy introduces employees to the systems for making informed decisions concerning offender risk assessment, programming needs and facility or community placement.

CCOA – Community Corrections Officer Academy

Community Corrections Officer Academy is the basic academy for employees new to the Department of Corrections who were hired as Community Corrections Officers and will work in the field doing community supervision. Case Management Academy (CMA) is a pre-requisite for CCOA.

The primary goal of the Community Corrections Officer Academy is to provide training of foundational correctional practices, methods and skills to prepare field officers for interacting with offenders under Community Supervision in a variety of settings and situations.