new testing requirements for juvenile correctional officers take place on july 1, 2014


The Application Process

The Department of Juvenile Justice announces that effective November 1, 2013 in order to be considered for the position of Juvenile Correction Officer 1 applicants will be required to receive a passing score on the P.O.S.T. approved COMPASS Test. The COMPASS test is administered through the Georgia Technical College System, and reservations are required. Please contact one of the many Technical Colleges throughout the State or view online locations.

Applicants will be required to take with you to the exam site a completed copy of the P.O.S.T. Examination Access Form. Click here to access the form.

There is a fee to take the exam of $15.00 - $25.00 collected by the college. Test scores are also valid for entrance into the Technical College System of Georgia.

To apply for a position, submit a copy of the State of Georgia Application for Employment to the contact person listed on the job opening. You may also include a resume, but please do not submit a resume in lieu of the application. Positions advertised on this website are open to all eligible persons who meet the minimum qualifications for the positions, unless otherwise noted in the vacancy announcement. Review current DJJ openings here. Some job applicants, particularly, Juvenile Correctional Officers, may need to have Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification and successfully pass the COMPASS Exam.





If you are interested in a job as a Juvenile Probation/Parole Specialist 2, please be advised that the testing requirements have changed. Effective July 1, 2014, DJJ will cease the administration of the Criminal Justice Exam, and no further exams will be offered. Test takers who have valid, current passing scores will be allowed to submit proof of successful completion through 12-31-14 for advertised JPPS 2 positions. After December 31, 2014, all Criminal Justice Exam scores will no longer be accepted.

Effective July 1, 2014 acceptable test scores will be:
SAT: 430 Verbal 400 Math
ACT: 18 Verbal 16 Math
CPE: 75 Reading 75 Math 75 English
Compass: 70 Reading 32 Writing

Due to the large volume of responses, only those individuals whose experience and skills best meet the requirements of the position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for an interview.

looking for a career as a juvenile correctional officer?

The Department of Juvenile Justice offers juvenile correctional careers at six Youth Development Campuses and twenty Regional Youth Detention Centers statewide....


Juvenile Correctional Officers are responsible for providing a safe, secure and clean environment for the habilitation and custody of youth including supervising the activities of youth and maintaining control and order in State facilities, such as Regional Youth Detention Centers or Youth Development Campuses for juvenile offenders  The work is demanding and requires maturity, reliability, and self discipline.

am i qualified?

Job Minimum Qualifications:      
Juvenile Correctional Officers are certified peace officers.  They must meet the requirements and be certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council.  The requirements are:

Be at least 18 years of age
Have a High School Diploma or GED and Two years of experience performing clerical work of moderate difficulty
Have U.S. Citizenship
Have no felony convictions
Valid Driver’s License (provide copy with application)

Applicants must pass a criminal history investigation, pre-employment drug screening, and pre-employment physical

How do I qualify?

All Juvenile Correctional Officer (JCO) applicants must complete a Georgia DJJ Application for Employment Package.  Packages can be obtained at any DJJ facility, DJJ Regional Recruiters’ offices, Georgia Labor offices, DJJ website, and/or the Georgia State Personnel Administration.

If you feel that you meet the job minimum qualifications,  complete the application and Applicant Self Checklist for Background Clearance. You may drop off or mail your applicant package to any facility of your choice.  You can apply at more than one location.  The facilities accept the application packages weekly during core business hours 8:00 to 4:30.  All applicants are not contacted for interview.  The hiring manager makes the determinations regarding who to interview after review of the application packages.


You may visit your nearest Georgia Labor Office to complete an applicant package which is available at each Center.  Check with your local center for instructions on mailing your completed package to the facility of your choice.


You may contact a Georgia Labor Office nearest you to determine when a Department of Juvenile Justice Regional Recruiter will be conducting pre-screenings in your area.  You may attend to hear more valuable information about DJJ.  Applicants attending a pre-screening must bring copies of their valid drivers’ license and DD214 (if you have had military service).

If you are attending a Pre-Screening or contacted for an interview, the Regional Recruiter or DJJ Manager will ask you to bring the following information:

Birth Certificate.
High School Diploma or GED Certificate.
DD 214 (if prior military service).
3-year Motor Vehicle Report.
Social Security Card (make sure it’s signed).
Valid Driver’s License.
Dispositions for any misdemeanors or DUI’s for which you have been arrested or charged.

Start today on your way to a great career!