The correctional officer training program in Galt, Calif., is one of two locations for training administered by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In order to survive the rigorous 16-week training course, it's best to be as well-prepared as possible before you begin. Since you will have to pass several health screenings, academic tests and physical fitness exams to become a correctional officer, there are many things you can do to get ready.
Brush up on your spelling, grammar and math skills. To pass the training course, you will have to take a written test in these academic areas. The Public Service Employee Network offers a Civil Service Exam & Test practice packet that will prepare you for the written test. Study the materials and do a few practice tests.
Start eating healthy foods, cutting out excess sugar and sodas and focusing on protein and vegetables. Your cholesterol and blood sugar will have to be in check to pass the course and even to get in, so eating healthful will help a lot.
Run and lift weights every day. Many candidates find the physical part of the Academy the toughest thing to deal with, so be in good physical condition before you start. To pass the course, you will have to sprint 100 yards in 19 seconds or less and drag an unconscious person 20 feet, on top of several other physical tasks.
Get plenty of rest during the Academy. Many people live on or near the training ground during the training, and this gives them the added advantage of getting more rest during the rigorous training time. If you live more than a few miles from the training area, consider moving closer or living at the Academy, to minimize the commute time.
Get your corrective lenses in order. If you cannot see with 20/20 vision, you must have a doctor sign a note saying your corrective lenses help you see with 20/20 vision, so make sure you have an updated prescription. If you're thinking of getting surgery to correct your vision, don't do it now; you may be disqualified for the program if you've had the surgery within the last 12 months.
Avoid heavy drinking or other damaging activities during the training. You'll need all the stamina you can muster to pass the course, so don't jeopardize all your hard work by partying.