Applications for a Corrections Officer position must be completed online. Your resume should include minimum qualifications, work history and all applicable job skills and training. Once your application has been accepted, you will be invited to complete all required tests (see the drop down menu below for details).

Each applicant seeking employment with TCSO must successfully complete a multi-step hiring process as outlined below. Various positions will require specialized steps based on the unique requirements of that position.

Please review the Agency Disqualifiers and job description thoroughly to be sure you meet all minimum job qualifications before applying.

Hiring Process

Each applicant seeking employment with TCSO must successfully complete a multi-step hiring process as outlined below. Various positions will require specialized steps based on the unique requirements of that position.

Step 1:  Review Agency Disqualifiers

Please review our Agency Disqualifiers before proceeding with our Application Process. If you qualify, continue on to the online application. Additionally, please answer questions in the application truthfully to avoid being disqualified during this step. For example, applicants may fail to reveal that they have applied with the Travis County Sheriff's Office before or may not accurately report incidents in their driving record. Anything found to be untruthful can disqualify you from applying again (from one year to permanent disqualification).

Step 2:  Apply online

You can review current job openings and apply online at governmentjobs.com. Once you select a job posting to apply for, you will be required to create an account. The online application will determine if you meet the the minimum requirements set forth by TCSO and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Once you have applied for a position, please monitor your email account as all communication will be sent via email.Note: Some email services will block ALL Travis County emails to the user. We are addressing this issue by sending a text to qualified applicants to set up testing. Make sure your cell phone number is entered correctly and that your voice mail box is set up to accept messages.

**Important** If you have previously applied to the Travis County Sheriff's Office you MUST answer yes to this question. If we find that you have previously applied and you answered "no", you will be be disqualified and will not be able to reapply for a minimum of one year.

Step 3:  Complete Required Tests

Once the online application has been reviewed, an email will be sent to you regarding testing instructions; please see testing dates below. You must follow the instructions to self-schedule your testing. Note: Some email services will block ALL Travis County emails to the user. We are addressing this issue by sending a text to qualified applicants to set up testing. Make sure your cell phone number is entered correctly in your application and that your voice mail box is set up to accept messages.

At the appointed testing time, all applicants will be required to:

  • Be on time at the testing site. Anyone arriving after the scheduled time will not be allowed to test. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive due to unexpected traffic delays.
  • Bring a valid photo ID; acceptable forms of identification include: Texas or other Resident State Driver’s License (with current address), State Identification Cards or a current Military Identification Card.
  • To ensure your safety during the Physical Readiness Test (PRT), please be prepared to sign a medical waiver.

**Important** If you are unable to attend testing you must call us to reschedule. If you are a "no call no show" for testing, you will be disqualified and will not be able to reapply for a minimum of one year. With proof of a true emergency however, you may be able to reschedule.

A brief description of each test is outlined below.

  • Vocabulary Test: For this test, the applicant will be required to look at a word in context, and answer the multiple choice question with the best choice. There are 35 questions with a 15 minute time limit for this test.
  • Reading Comprehension Test: For this test, the applicant will be required to read several paragraphs and answer multiple choice questions pertaining to the paragraphs. There are 15 questions with a 15 minute time limit for this test.
  • Physical Readiness Test: For this test, Officer candidates only will be required to complete a timed 2,000 meter row at 50% or above according to their age, gender and weight. A medical waiver will be required prior to taking this test. To find your minimum time requirement and to watch an instructional video, please visit PRT Row.

Correction Officer Testing 2017 Dates:

You must apply and be invited to attend testing. Please read each job description thoroughly to be sure you meet all minimum job qualifications before applying.

Step 4:  Complete Personal History Statement

Upon successful completion of the Vocabulary/Reading Comprehension Test and the PRT Row, the applicant will be issued a Personal History Statement (PHS) packet. In addition to the PHS packet, the applicant will provide original documentation or certified copies of the following if applicable:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card (laminated cards are NOT accepted)
  • Valid Driver’s License or a Identification Card (displaying current address)
  • Current Proof of Auto Insurance
  • Educational related documentation (sealed and unopened high school/college transcripts or official GED)
  • If applicable, Military Form DD-214 (veterans only - Member 4 is required)

NOTE: Incomplete application packets will not be processed.

Step 5:  Background Investigation

Applicants will undergo an extensive and thorough background investigation. Typically, background investigations can take up to six weeks. If the background investigation meets TCSO standards, the applicant will proceed with an interview before the Oral Review Board.

Step 6:  Interview with Oral Review Board

Applicants who successfully pass the background investigation are then scheduled for an interview with an Oral Review Board. During the board, an applicant will be asked a series of general and situational questions regarding the position for which they apply. The applicant must pass the Oral Review Board in order to be placed on an eligibility list. Applicants may apply for multiple positions; however, they must pass a separate Oral Review Board for each position applied for in order to qualify for that particular eligibility list. For example, an individual who applies for an Office Specialist and a Security Coordinator position must interview and successfully pass two separate oral review boards in order to be on the eligibility lists for each position.

Step 7:  Placement on an Eligibility List

Applicants that have successfully passed the Oral Review Board will be placed on an eligibilty list, from which selection for employment will be made. The eligibilty list will expire after six months.

Corrections Officers Basic Recruit Academy

The TCSO Training Academy offers a Corrections Officers Basic Recruit Academy (COBRA) for ALL new-hire Corrections Officers. Corrections Officers attend the COBRA course while on-duty within their first year of employment; Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) provides a one year temporary Corrections Officer license. COBRA is 360 hours of very educational, detailed and supportive instruction that consists of the following:

  • PHASE 1 (weeks 1-4): Course satisfies TCOLE requirements for the Basic County Corrections course; topics include booking, identification, inmate rights, headcounts, emergency procedures, searches, classifications, health services, etc.
  • PHASE 2 (weeks 5-9): Course highlights those areas that are fundamental to normal and emergency operations of the Travis County Correctional system; topics include defensive tactics, firearms training, CPR, smoke-house safety, departmental policies, interpersonal communication, wellness, etc. *Prerequisite - PHASE 1
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