National Credential
Credential: Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Correctional Association (ACA)

The Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) is a mid-management level credential recommended for professionals who work with both staff and offenders in a correctional setting. Candidates are responsible for implementing agency procedures and supervising/evaluating personnel and may include Central/Regional Office staff, Business Office personnel, Correctional Supervisors, Training Officers, Food/Health Service Staff, Maintenance staff, Recreation personnel, Industries personnel, Caseworkers/Correctional Counselors, Chaplains, Teachers, Staff Psychologists, Lieutenants, and Sergeants.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 11B Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS other          
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.     Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS other          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted R6 Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member ASI some          
Enlisted V5 Military Police Investigation ASI some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 6 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Correctional Association (ACA)
206 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: (800) 222-5646
Fax: (703) 224-0179
Email: certification@aca.org

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)

Option 1: ACA supervisor applicants must have an Associate's degree and one year of work experience in present position at the supervisory level.

Option 2: ACA supervisor applicants must have a High School Diploma or a General Educational Diploma and one year of work experience in present position at the supervisory level, plus five years of full-time corrections experience.

The Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) credential has the following other requirements:

  • ACA supervisor applicants must agree to follow the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • ACA supervisor applicants must submit a recommendation from their immediate supervisor which attests to the fact that they have received satisfactory or better evaluations and are a person of good character.

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)

  • Supervise Human Resources (43%)
    • Assist in staff career development
    • Establish procedures for staff
    • Foster communication up/down chain-of-command
    • Identify staffing needs
    • Make appropriate staff assignments
    • Monitor staff time, attendance, and work performance
    • Participate in staff functions
    • Prepare staff performance appraisals
    • Provide staff with feedback on their performance
    • Recommend appropriate disciplinary actions
    • Recommend incentive awards and promotions
    • Refer staff to appropriate employee assistance programs
    • Resolve staff conflicts
    • Review staff record keeping for compliance with standards
    • Schedule/provide job-/discipline-specific training
  • Enhance Agency’s Internal Environment (27%)
    • Account for property and equipment
    • Conduct formal inspections
    • Deal with offender families
    • Ensure compliance with position responsibilities
    • Ensure control over equipment and supplies
    • Ensure staff awareness of problem offenders - gangs, excessively violent, etc.
    • Facilitate change
    • Gather intelligence and initiate investigations
    • Initiate communications
    • Manage by walking around
    • Manage emergencies in accord with policy
    • Monitor daily logs/reports for information
    • Participate in/facilitate special projects
    • Promote ethical behavior among staff
    • Provide assistance during internal/external audits
    • Receive and respond to communications, in a timely manner
    • Schedule and delegate daily tasks
    • Serve as a positive role model
    • Schedule, conduct, attend meetings
  • Interact with Offenders (18%)
    • Assure that appropriate services/programs are accessible for offenders
    • Contribute to offender classification regarding program assignments/recommendations
    • Enforce policy and follow procedures
    • Ensure staff enforcement of offender accountability
    • Foster communication with offenders
    • Investigate/respond to offender grievances
    • Provide offenders with clear rules and procedures
  • Maintain/Develop Expertise and General Knowledge (12%)
    • Be familiar with current court rulings
    • Be knowledgeable about and provide testimony regarding litigation
    • Keep current with professional literature
    • Make proactive efforts to prevent litigation
    • Participate in conferences/workshops
    • Participate in professional organizations
    • Participate in training
    • Serve as a resource person
    • Serve in “acting” capacities, when requested

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Renewal for the CCS certification requires that certified individuals earn 60 CEUs every three years.