4422- Correctional service officers

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Correctional service officers

Job Description: 

Correctional service officers guard offenders and detainees and maintain order in correctional institutions and other places of detention. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments. Correctional service officers who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

Main Duties: 

Correctional service officers perform some or all of the following duties:

Observe conduct and behaviour of offenders and detainees to prevent disturbances and escapes
Supervise offenders during work assignments, meals and recreation periods
Patrol assigned area and report any problems to supervisor
Conduct security checks and scanning of visitors, inmates and their cells, working areas and recreational activity areas
Observe behaviour of offenders and prepare reports
Escort detainees in transit and during temporary leaves
Prepare admission, program, release, transfer and other reports
May supervise and co-ordinate work of other correctional service officers.

Employment Requirements: 

Completion of secondary school is required.
Post-secondary education in correctional services, police studies or criminology may be required.
Correctional officer recruits must successfully complete the Correctional Service of Canada training course to be employed by federal institutions.
Correctional officer recruits are usually required to complete a basic training course to be employed by provincial/territorial institutions.
Physical agility, strength and fitness requirements must be met.
Correctional service supervisors require experience as a correctional service officer.
First aid certification and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training are usually required.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Detention home workers (in 4212 Social and community service workers)
Managers in social, community and correctional services (0423)
Social workers (4152)
Probation and parole officers and related occupations (4155)

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X