How do I become a jail officer?

Candidates interested in becoming a jail officer in Georgia must complete an application with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) prior to enrolling in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Basic Jail Officer Training Program.

Upon meeting the pre-requisites listed below, candidates may enroll in the GPSTC Basic Jail Officer Training, which is an 80-hour program that takes two weeks to complete. Outside independent study is required. After a candidate has completed the program, they are eligible for POST certification.


This entry level jail program will prepare the jail officers to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with legislative and case law decisions. Portions of this course will require physical activity and exercises in written communication. Students should bring with them those items needed to participate in these activities.

Basic Jail Officer Training Program Highlights


Contact the Basic Training Division at GPSTC’s main campus in Forsyth, GA or the Regional Academy you’d like to attend.