200-Hour Jail Academy - May 20-June 25, 2024

In the 200-Hour Jail Academy you will learn:

  • Key concepts and requirements underlying county jail operations and an introduction to the role of the jail officer as a corrections professional.
  • Issues covered include the purposes and goals for county jails, and the role of state and national standards for jail operations.
  • The professional responsibilities of a jail officer.

This course also features an overview of the curriculum and premises of the basic jail officer training course. This 5-week course is open to both pre-service and hired jail officers and is offered one time per year during the summer.

Minimum Qualifications for Pre-Service Applicants

  • Complete form DJ-LE-310, Student Authorization for Release of Information
  • Pre-Service students complete DJ-LE-327 Student application for enrollment.
  • Sign the Jail Officer Code of Ethics.
  • Pre-Service students complete an oral interview with a panel of criminal justice executives and teaching or counseling staff affiliated with the academy.
  • Undergo a criminal history records check. An unpardoned felony conviction, misdemeanor crime of domestic violence conviction as defined in 18 USC 921(a)(33), or conviction of a crime that falls under the definition of domestic abuse as defined in § 968.075(1)(a), Wis. Stats., or a conviction that is subject to the imposition of the domestic abuse surcharge under § 973.055(1), Wis. Stats., regardless of whether any part of the surcharge was waived by the court under § 973.055(4), Wis. Stats., will prohibit an applicant from taking part in jail and/or juvenile detention officer training and will prohibit employment as a jail and/or juvenile detention officer.
  • Undergo a medical assessment. A medical assessment will be conducted to verify the applicant can meet the physical standards required to complete the academy. The assessment will be conducted by a licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner utilizing the Medical Assessment form (DJ-LE-332), which provides the physician with a description on which to base the assessment.
  • Be at least 18 years of age, and complete form DJ-LE-322, Birth Certificate Verification, to provide verification of age.
  • Possess a general educational development diploma or be a high school graduate who has completed a secondary education program through a public school, private school, an equivalency diploma program, or home education program within the United States or its territories or a foreign country.


The cost of the Jail Academy is approximately $1,900 + uniforms.

This is a non-degree certification and is not eligible for Financial Aid.

Steps for Entering The Jail Academy

  1. Gather, Download, and Complete Information

    Before Applying, download and complete the following documents. You will be asked to supply these completed documents within the application.

    Application Documents

    Your current status determines what documentation you need to supply in the online application. Selecting your status will display the documents you need to download and complete.

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  2. Submit Application and Documents

    Submit Documents Here

    Deadline to apply is March 29, 2024.

  3. Schedule Your Interview

    Interviews will be held April 12, 2024.

2024 Academy Schedule

Acceptance into the jail academy is contingent upon completion of the application materials, successful, interview, and fingerprint results

  • Mandatory Academy Orientation: May 6, 2024
  • Academy Start Date: May 20, 2024
  • Academy End Date: June 25, 2024

The Academy is scheduled to run 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.