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Tennessee Correction Academy

Basic Training Programs

Pre-Service Programs

The Tennessee Correction Academy delivers Basic (or Pre-Service) for the following program:


  • Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT) - A six-week training program with the first two weeks being conducted on site at the hiring facility and the final four weeks at the Tennessee Correction Academy under the supervision and leadership of the drill instructor unit

  • Basic Probation/Parole Officer Training (BPOT) - Currently, this program is three-weeks in length, but effective July 1, 2013, the program will be extended to six weeks. The TDOC has restructured the job requirements of this group of employees to allow them to be armed during the performance of their duties. The extended program allows for them to be adequately trained in the appropriate use of firearms and use of deadly force.

  • Non-Security Support Staff - A two-week program that can accommodate medical staff, food service, administrative, maintenance, chaplains, mental health professionals and other support professionals.

  • Department of Children's Services - A three-week program providing professionals in Tennessee's juvenile facilities with the information needed to appropriately perform their job duties.

In-Service Programs

Effective July 1, 2013, all in-service training will be conducted on site at each facility or regionally, if available. The curriculum is prepared and approved by the Academy and provided to the institutions for instruction. In-service training can also be accomplished by attending speciality training related to their field of work at local techincal centers or at workshops.