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NCJ Number: 228185 Find in a Library
Title: ACA's Correctional Certification Program is What Professionals Do
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:71  Issue:2  Dated:April 2009  Pages:52-55
Author(s): Michael D. Wynne
Date Published: April 2009
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the American Correctional Association’s (ACA’s) Correctional Certification Program for corrections personnel.
Abstract: ACA created the Correctional Certification Program to fill the gap left by local agency training, and to provide skills to represent themselves as professionals. The goal of the certification program is to increase the level of professionalism in the field of corrections through ongoing professional development. Professionalism is necessary in many occupations, but especially in the field of corrections. All correctional staff should strive to be professionals, and to be recognized as such. This certification program allows corrections employees to not only better perform their jobs, but also to better represent their agencies and themselves in public. Encouraging professionalism through certification enables agencies to seek out and retain the best possible employees. Although some degree of professionalism can be obtained and reflected on the job, only through ACA’s Correctional Certification Program can nationally recognized professional correctional certification be achieved. Every correctional employee should consider professional certification through ACA. ACA’s certification program is a user-friendly and easily accessible program, and it allows any correctional staff member to potentially become a certified corrections professional. The Correctional Certification Program was designed to advance the overall knowledge level of practitioners in the corrections personnel and aid in the recruitment of new, talented staff members; certification must be re-earned every 3 years or advanced with promotional opportunities.
Main Term(s): Accreditation standards; American Correctional Association (ACA)
Index Term(s): Correctional Personnel Training; Corrections training resources; Professional in-service education; Professional recognition; Program design
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