What is the Process for Acceptance and Examination?

Step 1

The application process is the first step toward becoming a Certified Corrections Professional. To process your application, we need you to complete and submit the following items:
  • 1Your Application
  • 2The Declaration Form
  • 3Your Payment

Send completed forms to: 

Fax: 703-224-0179

Email: acaprodev@aca.org

Mail:  American Correctional Association
  206 North Washington St
  Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

Step 2

Your application may take up to two weeks to be processed. A generic study guide and the certification handbook are available on the ACA website for your convenience.

An incomplete application will result in a delay in processing your application.

Although ordering study material is optional, our exams are based off of the texts available for purchase and we recommend utilizing them, if possible. If you would like to purchase study materials, please see our ACA marketplace at the top right section of our website. Click on “Shop the ACA Marketplace” and select ACA Course Catalog. Then enter the keyword of the type of exam you will be preparing for (example: manager). The keyword should bring up an option to purchase the material under the title of the exam (example: Certification Packet: Manager).

Step 3

Candidates who pass the exam will become Certified Corrections Professionals (CCP). A letter will be sent confirming your status as a CCP along with a certificate, sample press release, a supervisor notification form, and a certified pen. CCP’s will be recognized in Corrections Today, ACA’s magazine published six times per year.

When and where are CCP examinations offered?

The ACA Certification Examination is given several times per year throughout the nation. No one will be admitted into the examination room unless they:
  • Have formally applied for, and have been accepted into, the Certification Program 
  • Have in their possession a government issued photo identification card 
  • Have an examination number issued by the ACA certification office. 

Current Exam Schedule:

Days, Dates, Times Location  Exam Site 
Saturday, April 27th 2019
from 0800-1200 EST
Hamilton County Jail
Chattanooga, TN
Hamilton County Jail
601 Walnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Floor 1B – Training Room
Saturday, October 19th 2019
from 0800-1200 EST
Hamilton County Jail
Chattanooga, TN
Hamilton County Jail
601 Walnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Floor 1B – Training Room


CCE = Certified Corrections Executive; CCE/Juv = Certified Corrections Executive/Juvenile

CCM = Certified Corrections Manager; CCM/Juv = Certified Corrections Manager/Juvenile

CCN/M = Certified Corrections Nurse Manager; CCM/STG = Cert. Corr. Manager/Security Threat Groups

CCS = Certified Corrections Supervisor; CCS/Juv = Certified Corrections Supervisor/Juvenile

CCN = Certified Corrections Nurse; CCS/STG = Certified Corrections Supervisor/Security Threat Groups

CCO = Certified Corrections Officer; CCO/Juv = Certified Corrections Officer/Juvenile

Click to shop the ACA Marketplace for Certification resources.

The list of exam sites is updated twice a month.

Does ACA offer any resources or assistance?

To help you with your CCP exam, ACA offers a Certification Handbook and an Exam Study Guide! 

Click to view the Certification Handbook.

Click to view the Certification Study Guide.

Click to order the materials listed in the Study Guide from the ACA Marketplace or call 1-800-222-5646.

What is ACA’s Code of Ethics?

Certified Corrections Professionals (CCPs) are expected to display unfailing honesty, respect for the dignity and individuality of human beings, and a commitment to professional and compassionate service. To this end, CCPs must adhere to the American Correctional Association’s Code of Ethics.

Click to review ACA's Code of Ethics.

Can Certification be revoked?

Certified Corrections Professionals (CCPs) are expected to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and present themselves as role models for their positions. CCPs who are involved in any of the following situations will have his/her certification revoked.

  • Violation of the ACA Code of Ethics
  • Conviction of any crime
  • Demotion for disciplinary reasons
  • Involuntary separation from employment
CCPs will be notified of the revocation of their certification, along with their supervisor or former employer. They will have the opportunity to appeal their revocation to the Certification Commission.

Certified Corrections Professionals who have knowledge of any violations committed by another Certified Corrections Professional should contact the Director of Standards, Accreditation, and Professional Development. Integrity is a hallmark of being certified.