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Thank you for your interest in employment with the Colorado Department of Corrections. To learn more about open career opportunities, and to apply, visit https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/jobs. Click here to learn more about benefits offered to state employees.
BT lasts for 21 continuous weekdays. You will be provided a training schedule on Day 1. Roll call will begin promptly at 8 a.m., and class will end at approximately 5 p.m.
Cell phones and pagers are not allowed inside correctional offices/facilities. These items should be secured in your vehicle. Drugs, weapons, tobacco and alcohol are NOT allowed on ANY CDOC PROPERTY. The use of tobacco products is not allowed on any CDOC property, including CTA buildings, grounds, parking lot or Abbey cafeteria.
Employees attending BT will park on the west and north sides of the academy. Watch for student parking signs. Parking in front of the academy is reserved for guest trainers, handicapped persons and visitors.
There will be a daily lunch break. You may leave the building to have lunch, or eat lunch in the break room. A refrigerator, microwave and vending machines are located in the break room. Water, in a spill-proof container, is allowed in the classroom.
If you need an Americans with Disabilities Act accommodation, please contact CTA at (719) 269-4402.
When is Basic Training (BT)?
BT is scheduled by the Corrections Training Academy (CTA) in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources (OHR) after employment has been offered. Several training academies are offered throughout the year. The OHR staff member who contacts you with a job offer will give you the exact date your BT class will begin.
Who can attend BT?
Only newly hired employees or contractors who have accepted a job offer from CDOC may attend.
Is Basic Training a condition of employment?
Yes. Successful completion of BT is a condition of employment. Failure to successfully pass the required written and practical exams will result in separation from employment.
What do I need to bring with me on the first day of BT?
You need to bring your photo ID, a writing instrument, note paper and any forms required by OHR. Do not bring cell phones, tobacco products, drugs, weapons, cuff keys or other items that could pose a security issue.
The dress code is professional. What does that mean?
The first week of training requires professional dress. Men may wear slacks, a dress shirt and tie. Suit jackets are optional. No beards, goatee or earrings.
Women may wear slacks and a dress shirt or blouse. Dresses and skirts are permitted, however, they must be knee length. Earrings are allowed, however, only one small stud earring is allowed in each ear (for uniformed females).
Jeans, short skirts, tight clothing, low-cut blouses, T-shirts, sweats and athletic shoes are not considered professional dress.
What is a "dress down day"?
Each facility Employee Council may hold dress down days that benefit CDOC or outside organizations. These days will be posted. To participate, you may wear jeans (no holes), a T-shirt (plain) and tennis shoes for a monetary donation in lieu of professional dress. Participation is voluntary.
What happens if I cheat on a test?
Cheating on a test is grounds for separation of employment. You are entering the field of law enforcement/corrections. The expectations for honesty and integrity are very high.
What happens if I miss a class?
If you absolutely must miss a class, you will be scheduled to return to CTA to make up that class, and the corresponding test, during the next BT class. A leave request must be completed by you and approved by the BT supervisor. You will not be paid for time missed. You will get the most out of your training experience if you attend classes in their scheduled order.
Are study groups available?
BT is an academic endeavor. Students are encouraged to form study groups and collaborate throughout the learning process.
Can I bring my coffee to class?
You are encouraged to bring water (in a spill-proof container) during classroom training. All other beverages and food may be consumed between classes in the student break room.
When will I get paid?
State employees are paid on the last working day of the month. Depending on when you start training, your first paycheck may be prorated.
Will there be PT (physical training)?
At this time, new students are not afforded CDOC-sponsored, daily regimented exercise. Portions of BT are dynamic. Students will receive more information on Day 1.
When will I get my uniform and what do I need to purchase on my own?
CDOC purchases your initial uniforms. You will receive them during BT. You are responsible for purchasing the following items on your own.
Duty belts are not required for BT, however, you will need one before you report to your facility. They should be leather or nylon and include a handcuff case, key keeper, radio case with retention strap, pouch for latex gloves and a set of belt keepers.
Duty boots are not required for BT but are needed for graduation day. They should be polishable leather without reinforced (steel, fiberglass) toes. Your footwear is one of the most important pieces of your uniform. You will likely be on your feet often, so invest in comfortable footwear.
I have tattoos. Do I need to cover them up or wear long-sleeve uniform shirts?
Tattoos are permissible as long as they are not offensive or contain derogatory statements or images. If long-sleeve uniform shirts are needed, they will be at your expense.
When will I know what shift and days off I will have?
Your facility will most likely have this information available by graduation day. CTA staff typically do not have your shift assignments.
Students who meet criteria and have been approved for per diem (lodging, meals, mileage, carpool or any combination of) are deemed to be in "travel status."
I live farther than 50 miles from CTA and work in Pueblo, Canon City or Colorado Springs. Why don't I qualify?
The fiscal rule is that you must live and work more than 50 miles from CTA to qualify. If you are assigned to a Canon City or Pueblo facility, HQ or Colorado Springs Parole, your assigned work location is within 50 miles of CTA, therefore, you are not eligible for travel status.
My assigned facility is farther than 50 miles away and I live less than 50 miles to CTA. Why don't I qualify?
According to fiscal rule, you must live and work more than 50 miles from CTA. Your residence is within 50 miles from CTA, therefore, you do not quality.
If these circumstances apply to you, we will be happy to put you in touch with the hotel BT students stay at; they might give you our CDOC rate. We can also attempt to put you in touch with another student in your area to see if carpooling is an option.
I live and work more than 50 miles from CTA. Why don't I qualify?
CDOC policy states that you must live and work more than 50 miles from CTA to qualify. If you are driving fewer miles to reach CTA from your home than you will be to reach your new work location, you are not eligible for travel status.
I want/need another person (spouse, child, etc.) to stay with me at the hotel. Will CTA provide my room?
No. If you decide to have guests in your room, CDOC will not and cannot pay for any portion of the room. We understand that new hires may be going through a difficult financial time, however, the housing of guests in your room would be in violation of our fiscal rules. We will be happy to put you in contact with the contract hotel, the staff of which may offer you a discounted rate.
Can I have pets in my room?
No. The hotel will not allow pets of any kind, regardless of how well behaved they are. Keep in mind that you will be in class for eight hours a day.
I qualify for travel status but cannot take advantage of it because of home life (kids, elderly parents, wife expecting, et cetera). Can I be reimbursed for mileage instead?
We can still provide a lunch meal for you, if you would like. You may be reimbursed the weekly round-trip rate, but daily mileage cannot be granted. You must submit a travel per diem form indicating "no" in the lodging section and "yes" in the meals section. This will flag us to contact you to further discuss your situation.
How is it determined which carpool is offered to me?
A carpool is offered to students who are in travel status. Those living within 50 miles of a participating carpool facility (or who would pass by a participating facility on their way to CTA) will be offered a carpool. For example, if you live in Fort Collins, you will be offered the Denver carpool because you will be passing through Denver to come to CTA each week. A carpool is not necessarily offered based on the facility you will be working at.
How does the carpool work?
A state vehicle will be your transportation to Canon City and from the hotel to CTA everyday for all participating students. This is a carpool program, not a shuttle. It is the responsibility of all carpool participants to coordinate details of driving to and from the hotel together. Carpool students will meet at their facility at a designated time beginning the second Sunday of BT. One student will be assigned to check out the vehicle from the facility, but any student with a Colorado driver's license may drive. At no time can anyone other than state employees drive, or be a passenger in, a state vehicle.
Why isn't the carpool offered during the first week of BT?
You are not officially a state employee until you sign all pertinent forms during the first week of BT. State insurance policies would not protect us, or you, if an accident were to occur.
What facilities offer the carpool program?
All outlying facilities offer the carpool program: Denver, Sterling, Rifle, Delta, Limon, Buena Vista and Trinidad. If a carpool is not available or offered to you, CTA will reimburse you for mileage at the end of training. You do not need to submit receipts or proof of mileage.
Where will my car be parked? Will it be safe all week long?
Yes, your car will be as safe. Facility parking lots have 24-hour security.
Upon hire, you will receive an email at your personal email address. This email will include a including a one‐time link to "Form I‐9 Compliance." Please follow the directions in the email to complete Section 1 of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I‐9) electronically. Federal law mandates that CDOC Office of Human Resources officials view original (not copies of) acceptable documents on the first day of employment in order to verify eligibility to work in the United States. You must bring this documentation with you on the first day of Basic Training.
Please note that CDOC participates in the Spanish version of EVerify.
You MUST bring the following items on the first day of BT:
1. original acceptable documents for the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I‐9)
2. copy of Social Security card (for payroll purposes)
3. valid Colorado driver's license
4. state agency paystub (if currently employed by a state agency)
If you have any questions about these mandatory documents, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (719) 226‐4450.
Credit Union of Colorado
Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration
Employee Discount Program
State of Colorado Employees Benefits
State of Colorado Employee Wellness Center
State of Colorado Work/Life Programs
Working Together Foundation/Grant Application