How Do I Stay Certified?

Certified Corrections Professionals (CCPs) are required to continue their education and training and renew their certification after three years. At the end of this period, CCPs submit:

  • 1A Re-Certification Application
  • 2A Summary Sheet identifying their Re-Certification credits
  • 3Documentation for their Re-Certification Credits
  • 4The appropriate Re-Certification fee
  • 5Applicant and Supervisor Recertification Declarations


The Re-Certification Application is included in the Re-Certification Handbook and also may be downloaded here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

Re-Certification Applications will be processed within 4 to 6 weeks. Once staff have evaluated and approved the application and supporting documents, they will mail CCPs a letter confirming their re-certification, a sample press release, a new certificate and a supervisor notification form. An incomplete application will result in a delay in being re-certified. ACA staff will contact the CP if there is a problem with the application or supporting documents.

Re-Certification Practices and Procedures

In this Section:
  1. In order to maintain certification, what events/classes/exercises constitute "education"?
  2. How many Re-Certification credits are necessary?
  3. Does ACA offer any resources or assistance for re-certification?
In order to maintain certification, what events/classes/exercises count for Re-Certification Credits?


Earning Re-Certification credits

Certified Corrections Professionals may earn Re-Certification Credits through at least the following categories:
  1. Training/Education Courses
  2. Publishing
  3. Conference
  4. Discussion Group
  5. Committee/Task Force
  6. Critique or Assessment
  7. Corrections Compendium
All Re-Certification Credits need to be activities beyond your regular duties that are required of your position. If you are unsure about whether an activity qualifies for Re-Certification or need to clarify how many Re-Certification Credits you will receive for an activity, contact Katie Greatti, Professional Development Specialist, at KatieG@aca.org

CCPs may earn up to 50% of their required Re-Certification Credits in one category. They are encouraged to ask questions about earning Re-Certification Credits for activities that may not be specified. They will be reviewed in the Certification Newsletter.


Training/ Education Courses
  • Online course through ACA’s Corrections Online Training Collaborative (COTC)--Number of course training hours= number Re-Certification Credits
  • ACA’s Online Auditor Course = 4 Re-Certification Credits
  • Online course through a corrections organization other than ACA- e.g. National Institute of Corrections – Number of course training hours = number of Re-Certification Credits
  • Classroom workshop offered by an accredited organization, state or local corrections facility – 4 Re-Certification credits per half a day
  • Community college or university course – 1 credit course = 10 Re-Certification Credits, 2 credit course = 20 Re-Certification Credits, and 3 credit course = 40 Re-Certification Credit --- A copy of your certificate or transcript or an attendance sheet signed by the instructor (printed name, title, organization, and signature) may be submitted as documentation
  • Teaching a corrections-related workshop or course in the community – 20 Re-Certification Credits
  • Teaching a college 3 credit course – 60 Re-Certification Credits --- A letter signed (printed name, title, organization, and signature) by an authorized representative of the college or community organization, along with a copy of the program credit page, may be submitted as documentation.
Publication
  • Course (online or print) -80 Re-Certification Credits
  • Lesson plan -60 Re-Certification Credits
  • Article (two pages or longer) -40 Re-Certification Credits
  • Article (one page) -20 Re-Certification Credits
  • Book -80 Re-Certification Credits
  • Book Chapter -60 Re-Certification Credits
  • Book Review -40 Re-Certification Credits
Citations or the copy of a credit page from a publication may be provided as documentation.

Conferences
  • Attending a corrections-related workshop (e.g. ACA's Winter or Summer Conference, state corrections conference, or U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored conference) – 4 Re-Certification Credits per half day ---- A certificate or an attendance sheet signed by the moderator or speaker may be submitted as documentation
  • Presenting/serving on a panel at a corrections-related conference (e.g. ACA's Winter or Summer Conference, state corrections conference, or U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored conference) – 20 Re-Certification Credits per presentation ----- A copy of the conference agenda identifying you as a speaker may be submitted as documentation
  • Participating in a tour of a correctional facility – 4 Re-Certification Credits ----- A document listing the facility name, city, state, and date of tour may be submitted as documentation
Discussion Groups
  • A formal reading/discussion group sponsored by a correctional organization that meets at least nine times in one year – 30 Re-Certification Credits ----- For each discussion session, a list of readings (corrections-related book, article, research study, etc.) and a summary of the group discussion signed by the group leader (printed name, title, organization, and signature) may be submitted as documentation. Also, a copy of the sign-in sheet for the nine sessions should be submitted.
Committee/Task Force
  • Being an ACA Audit Chair – 20 Re-Certification Credits
  • Being an ACA auditor/team member – 10 Re-Certification Credits  ----- A list of each audit (date, facility name, state) may be submitted for documentation.
  • Being elected as an officer for a corrections-related organization (incorporate or chartered) at the national, state, or local level – 20 Re-Certification Credits
  • Serving on an ACA committee and attending a committee meeting at one of the ACA conferences – 5 Re-Certification Credits for every conference attended ---- A document stating the date, time, place, and name of the committee meeting along with a copy of the committee roster may be submitted for documentation.
  • Being a member of your facility's/agency's internal audit team preparing for ACA accreditation – 20 Re-Certification Credits -----A letter (signed by an authorized representative of the organization) confirming your participation as a committee member may be submitted for documentation.  Critique or Assessment
  • Write a critique or assessment of a corrections-related book (or chapter), research study, or magazine article. The submitted paper must contain your opinion on the topics covered in the publication as well as the author's point of view. –20 Re-Certification Credits -----The critique must be at least four to five pages, double-spaced, and typed. The name of the publication, author, publisher, and date published must also be identified in the critique.
Corrections Compendium
  • Take the quiz at the end of the Corrections Compendium Journal – 3 Re-Certification Credits
     Submit the completed quiz by mail or fax within the stated deadline


How many Re-Certification Credits are necessary?

All Certified Corrections Professionals are required to obtain the minimum number of Re-Certification credits based on their certification level.

Certification Category
 
Number of Re-Certification Credits required
 
 Corrections Officer,
Juvenile Justice Youth Worker
 
40 Credits

 Correctional Supervisor, 
Juvenile Justice Supervisor, 
Corrections Nurse, 
Security Threat Supervisor
 

60 Credits


 Corrections Manager, 
Juvenile Justice Manager, 
Corrections Nurse Manager, 
Security Threat Manager

80 Credits
 
 Corrections Executive, 
Juvenile Justice Executive

 100 Credits





















Does ACA offer any resources or assistance for Re-Certification?


To help you with your CCP exam, ACA offers a Re-Certification Handbook.