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Tennessee Correction Academy


The Tennessee Correction Academy (TCA), located in the city of Tullahoma, is the Department of Correction's primary training and staff development center. Each year, more than 6,000 TDOC and Department of Children's Services personnel participate in one of the academy's numerous pre-service, in-service, or specialized training schools.


The academy opened its doors in January, 1984, with a commitment to contributing to the organization's success through providing quality staff training programs.  In 1993, TCA became the second correctional training academy in the nation to be fully accredited by the American Correctional Association.  Such a distinction has resulted in numerous visits from Correctional Administrators and Specialists nationwide, who seek to establish top-grade training programs in their respective states.


On October 18, 2013, the Tennessee Correction Academy received approval from the POST (Pease Officer Standards and Training) Commission to be designated as a POST certified academy. The designation allows instructors to be POST certified instructors and specific curriculum to be approved as POST certified courses. It also allows the Tennessee Department of Correction to partner with law enforcement agencies to offer additional law enforcement training.


Courses/programs currently approved to receive POST approved training hours are:


    • Hostage Negotiation Training
    • Incident Command System Training
    • New Supervisory Training
    • Basic Managerial Development Program
    • Training for Trainers
    • Defensive Tactics
    • Chemical Agents
    • Firearms
    • Firearms Instructor
    • Semi-Automatic Pistol Transition Course
    • Victim Sensitivity
    • Report Writing
    • Cultural Diversity
    • Recognizing Child and Elderly Abuse

For additional information, please contact John Washer by email or call 931-461-7689.

Academy Location Map


Click on the image below to view the academy's 2014-2015 training catalog (in pdf format)(3,046 kb).

Front Page of TCA Course Catalog

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Thank you for your interest in the academy and its programs.