American Correctional Association (ACA)

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)


Credential: Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Correctional Association (ACA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Correctional Association (ACA), Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) is a mid-management level credential recommended for professionals who work with both staff and offenders in a correctional setting. A CCS is responsible for implementing agency procedures and supervising/evaluating personnel which may include Central/Regional Office staff, Business Office personnel, Correctional Supervisors, Training Officers, Food/Health Service Staff, Maintenance staff, Recreation personnel, Industries personnel, Caseworkers/Correctional Counselors, Chaplains, Teachers, Staff Psychologists, Lieutenants, and Sergeants. Candidates must meet the minimum academic and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Correctional Association (ACA)

206 N. Washington Street
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA  22314

Phone: (800) 222-5646

Fax: (703) 224-0179
Email: acaprodev@aca.org

Option 1:

Candidate must have an Associate Degree and one year work experience in present position at the supervisory level.

Option 2:

Candidate must have a High School Diploma or a General Educational Diploma, one year of work experience in present position at the supervisory level, and two years of full-time corrections experience.

The Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must follow the ACA Code of Ethics.

Written Exam

  • Supervise Human Resources (43%)
    • Assist in staff career development
    • Establish procedures for staff
    • Foster communication up/down chain-of-command
    • Identify staffing needs
    • Make appropriate staff assignments
    • Monitor staff time, attendance, and work performance
    • Participate in staff functions
    • Prepare staff performance appraisals
    • Provide staff with feedback on their performance
    • Recommend appropriate disciplinary actions
    • Recommend incentive awards and promotions
    • Refer staff to appropriate employee assistance programs
    • Resolve staff conflicts
    • Review staff record keeping for compliance with standards
    • Schedule/provide job-/discipline-specific training
  • Enhance Agency’s Internal Environment (27%)
    • Account for property and equipment
    • Conduct formal inspections
    • Deal with offender families
    • Ensure compliance with position responsibilities
    • Ensure control over equipment and supplies
    • Ensure staff awareness of problem offenders - gangs, excessively violent, etc.
    • Facilitate change
    • Gather intelligence and initiate investigations
    • Initiate communications
    • Manage by walking around
    • Manage emergencies in accord with policy
    • Monitor daily logs/reports for information
    • Participate in/facilitate special projects
    • Promote ethical behavior among staff
    • Provide assistance during internal/external audits
    • Receive and respond to communications, in a timely manner
    • Schedule and delegate daily tasks
    • Serve as a positive role model
    • Schedule, conduct, attend meetings
  • Interact with Offenders (18%)
    • Assure that appropriate services/programs are accessible for offenders
    • Contribute to offender classification regarding program assignments/recommendations
    • Enforce policy and follow procedures
    • Ensure staff enforcement of offender accountability
    • Foster communication with offenders
    • Investigate/respond to offender grievances
    • Provide offenders with clear rules and procedures
  • Maintain/Develop Expertise and General Knowledge (12%)
    • Be familiar with current court rulings
    • Be knowledgeable about and provide testimony regarding litigation
    • Keep current with professional literature
    • Make proactive efforts to prevent litigation
    • Participate in conferences/workshops
    • Participate in professional organizations
    • Participate in training
    • Serve as a resource person
    • Serve in “acting” capacities, when requested

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the American Correctional Association (ACA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) certification is renewed every three years. CCS certification holders must obtain 60 recertification credits during each recertification cycle. A recertification fee is required.

    Additional information can be found on ACA's website.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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This certification is eligible for CA.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

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High

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Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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