Correctional Officer Trainee

Individuals wishing to apply for a Correctional Officer Trainee position must complete an electronic Applicant Data Form.

All information submitted here is considered confidential. After receiving your information, you will be notified of the next screening process once a scheduled test date has been determined.

Please note: Submitting multiple applications could delay the scheduling of your application.


  • Illinois Resident
  • 18 years of age preferred
  • Valid driver's license
  • High School Diploma or GED certificate
  • U.S. citizen or authorized alien with proof of a permanent resident card
  • Speak, read, and write English


Electronic Applicant Data Form

View Director's Letter to Applicant

View hiring process for Correctional Officer Trainee

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. This includes the initial testing phases of the candidate selection process for state positions as well as the subsequent employment interview process. Any and all accommodation requests by applicants throughout the State employment process should be appropriately reviewed and considered by human resources staff in state hiring agencies. If you need such an accommodation, please contact Illinois Department of Corrections Central Screening 217-558-4127.

Documents Needed for Screening

These documents must be completed and brought to the screening on the day of testing. Any documents mailed to the Department will be shredded.

Illinois Department of Corrections Central Screening Office - 217-558-4127

ALL POSITIONS OTHER than Correctional Officer Trainee and Correctional Treatment Officer Trainee available at the Illinois Department of Corrections are listed with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). These positions include all clerical, management, technical, educational, etc. You may visit the CMS website at to obtain additional information about obtaining employment with the State of Illinois and to download a job application.

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