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43201 – Correctional service officers

Correctional service officers guard offenders and detainees and maintain order in correctional institutions and other places of detention. Primary workers develop women offender’s correctional plan and work with other service officers in the correctional team. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments. Correctional service officers who are supervisors are included in this unit group.


Example titles

  • Correctional facility guard
  • Correctional officers supervisor
  • Correctional service officer
  • Primary worker – correctional service
  • Primary worker/kimisinaw - correctional service
  • Prison guard
  • Detention attendant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Observe conduct and behaviour of offenders and detainees to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • Supervise offenders during work assignments, meals and recreation periods
  • Patrol assigned area and report any problems to supervisor
  • Conduct security checks and scanning of visitors, inmates and their cells, working areas and recreational activity areas
  • Observe behaviour of offenders and prepare reports
  • Escort detainees in transit and during temporary leaves
  • Prepare admission, program, release, transfer and other reports
  • May supervise and coordinate work of other correctional service officers.
  • May develop offenders’ correctional plan and facilitate their participation in reintegration programs in collaboration with psychologists, behavioral counsellors, parole officers and others.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Post-secondary education in correctional services, police studies or criminology is required in New Brunswick, Quebec, and Alberta and Prince Edward Island.
  • Correctional officer recruits must successfully complete the Correctional Service of Canada training course to be employed by federal institutions.
  • Correctional officer recruits are usually required to complete a basic training course to be employed by provincial/territorial institutions.
  • Physical agility, strength and fitness requirements must be met.
  • Correctional service supervisors require experience as a correctional service officer.
  • First aid certification and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training are usually required.

Additional information

  • Primary workers are the primary daily contact for women offenders.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training
Major group
43 – Assisting occupations in education and in legal and public protection
Sub-major group
432 – Assisting occupations in legal and public protection
Minor group
4320 – Assisting occupations in legal and public protection
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