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11781 State Route 762
Orient, Ohio 43146
614-877-4345, ext. 3228
The Corrections Training Academy provides state-of-the-art
instruction to department employees and to fellow law enforcement
agencies. The curriculum is developed and enhanced with assistance
from the Training Advisory Council, the National Institute of
Corrections, and others. The courses are coordinated by Corrections
Training Academy staff, a well-trained team of professionals,
dedicated to providing students individual and professional
development opportunities. The curriculum is also supported
by many part-time trainers throughout the Department.
Pre-service training is designed to introduce new correctional employees to the field of corrections and employment as a corrections professional with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Pre-service provides basic, standard, and centralized quality training to all new permanent employees for the Department prior to them independently commencing duty at the location for which they have been employed.
The core curriculum is comprised of 120 hours of training which includes a balance of security and safety related topics in addition to reentry and rehabilitative topic areas. While some courses are lecture based, the majority of the classes include hands-on practical activities allowing the students to practice what they have learned.
New hires receive their initial unarmed self-defense certification prior to graduating from pre-service.
Non-custody staff must successfully complete the core curriculum of 120 hours and correction officers must successfully complete 160 hours of training to include the core curriculum in addition to firearms certification, CPR certification and an eight-hour transportation and restraint training.
All employees must complete a 40-hour orientation training at their worksite prior to beginning pre-service. All employees complete on-the-job training upon successful completion of pre-service training.
Academy In-Service training opportunities continue throughout an employee's career. The Corrections Training Academy offers many diverse courses to provide for the needs of the employees and prepare qualified instructors to cascade training to all institution and office sites. The Academy In-Service curriculum includes instruction in the following program areas: Instructional Development; Instructor Trainer; Instructor; Computer Training; and Individual and Professional Development. Courses are offered at the Corrections Training Academy and at various regional sites. Instruction for these programs is provided by CTA staff and Departmental employees with expertise in the topic areas.
Providing employees the opportunity to grow in their careers is an important function of the Academy. Specialized training curricula include areas such as Executive Leadership; Pre-Retirement seminars; Advanced Medical courses; specialized Mental Health training, quarterly Training Officer sessions; Critical Incident Management. Additionally, courses for special teams (Hostage Negotiations; Special Tactics and Response Team; Riflemen Training; Stress Debriefing Teams) are available.
As of July 1, 2011, the Corrections Training Academy has migrated to an online registration system, "Go Sign Me Up," for all Community Corrections and Jail staff to register for all CTA sponsored training. This is a free service that will allow users to register for classes or cancel registrations, view current course registration, print class confirmations and have access to the system anywhere Internet access is available. If you have difficulties creating an account or registering for classes, please contact Jeremy Shearer at Jeremy.Shearer@odrc.state.oh.us. DRC staff are still required to use the ELM system.
The Academy is host to a variety of DRC special events and meetings including recognition banquets, retreats, and large conferences.