Thank you for your interest in becoming a jail officer. The role of a jail officer is pertinent in maintaining order and safety within detention facilities. Candidates interested in becoming a jail officer in Georgia must complete an application with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) prior to enrolling in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s (GPSTC) Basic Jail Officer Training Program.

Upon meeting the pre-requisites listed below, candidates may enroll in GPSTC’s Basic Jail Officer Training, which is an 80-hour program that takes two weeks to complete. Outside independent study is required. After a candidate has completed the program, they are eligible for POST certification.


This entry level jail program will prepare the jail officers to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with legislative and case law decisions. Portions of this course will require physical activity and exercises in written communication. Students should bring with them those items needed to participate in these activities.

Basic Jail Officer Training Program Highlights

Length of Program: 2 weeks

Tuition: FREE for new jail officers in Georgia; $1,200 for those who have been employed longer than six months.

Dates offered: View dates the program is offered

Locations offered: All GPSTC Regional Academies


Contact the Basic Training Division at GPSTC’s main campus in Forsyth, GA or the Regional Academy you’d like to attend.