Correction Officer Exam

IMPORTANT DATES:
  • Last filing date: Monday, May 9, 2022.
  • Exam: Saturday, June 25, 2022
HOW TO APPLY:
  • Application Fee: $30

General information on taking a civil service examination in Rockland County

Any questions, please contact:
Rockland County Department of Personnel by email at or call: (845) 364-3737.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
By examination date, you must have: Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma and two (2) years of either:

a. satisfactory full-time paid work experience, (work experience while a full-time high school student is not qualifying); or
b. active military service; or
c. education beyond high school when enrolled in a minimum fifteen (15) credit hour semester; or
d. any equivalent combination of (a), (b) and (c) acquired at different periods of time – not concurrently.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Possession of a valid New York State motor vehicle license at the time of appointment. Maintenance of a valid license is required for retention of employment in this title.
See exam announcement for additional special requirements

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Candidates for this examination must be legal residents of Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, Nassau, Suffolk, Bronx, New York, or Queens counties as of the examination date and must reside in one of these counties at the time of appointment. Eligibles must remain a New York State resident to retain employment.

SUBJECT MATTER OF EXAM:
There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. Only your score on the written test will be considered when computing your final score. In addition, candidates must meet the physical fitness and medical standards prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council. Candidates must pass the written test in order to be scheduled for the qualifying physical fitness test. Only those candidates who pass the qualifying physical fitness test and who are given a conditional offer of employment to the position of Correction Officer will be scheduled to take the required medical examination, psychological examination, and fingerprint check.

WRITTEN TEST:

The written test will be designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

Preparing written material – These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.

Understanding and interpreting written material – These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material. You will be presented with brief reading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You should base your answers to the questions only on what is presented in the passages and not on what you may happen to know about the topic.

Applying written information in a correctional services setting – These questions test for the ability to read, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, directives, written narratives and other related material. You will be required to read a set of information, and to appropriately apply the information to situations similar to those typically experienced in a correctional services setting. All the information needed to answer the questions asked concerning the situations presented is contained in the rules, regulations, etc., which are cited.

Observing and recalling facts and information – These questions test for the ability to observe and recall information presented. You will be presented with information describing or depicting prison scenes or other facts. You will have a short time to observe and memorize the information before it is collected by the monitor. You will then be asked to recall specific details about the information presented.

A Study Guide is available at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm

QUALIFYING PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTS:
Although these elements may not be directly representative of essential job functions to be performed by a Correction Officer, such elements have been determined by the Municipal Police Training Council to measure the candidate's physiological capacity to learn and perform the essential job functions. An individual should not forego taking the written test or consider himself or herself ineligible for Correction Officer employment solely because he or she cannot now meet or may not be able to meet the current standards. The qualifying test standards are subject to change without notice to candidates. The Rockland County Department of Personnel reserves the right to charge the candidates a fee for participating in the physical fitness-screening test. The fee schedule established by the Rockland County Department of Personnel for the administration of the physical agility examination is as follows:
  • $25.00 for initial physical agility examination
  • $15.00 for any candidate who failed the initial physical agility examination
  • $40.00 for any candidate who failed to participate in the initial physical agility examination

The Rockland County Department of Personnel reserves the right to amend the fee schedule at any time during the life of the eligible list. All physical agility examination fees are non-refundable.

The Municipal Police Training Council adopted the physical fitness-screening test based on the model formulated by the Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research. The minimum passing scores, depending on age and sex, represent the fortieth percentile of physical fitness. If a candidate does not successfully score to the 40th percentile of physical fitness for each of the elements, the candidate shall not be deemed to have successfully completed the physical fitness-screening test. Failure on the physical fitness-screening test will restrict your name from certification on the eligible list until you have successfully completed the physical fitness-screening test. The Rockland County Department of Personnel offers one opportunity for a retest for those who have: failed the physical fitness test on their first opportunity and who are appealing the disqualification for a second opportunity; or who failed to appear for their appointment with a valid excuse and request a second opportunity. Please be aware that the Rockland County Department of Personnel has a strict retest policy regarding the physical fitness-screening test.

The three components measured are muscular endurance, absolute strength and cardiovascular capacity. A brief description of the test items used to measure each component is as follows:

  • Sit-up – Muscular Endurance (Core Body) – The score indicated is the number of bent-leg sit-ups performed in one- minute.
  • Push-Up – Absolute Strength/Muscular Endurance (Upper Body) – The score indicated is the maximum number of full body repetitions that a candidate must complete without breaks in one minute.
  • 1.5 Mile Run – Cardiovascular Capacity – The score indicated is calculated in minutes: seconds (to be administered only to those candidates who have passed the Sit-Ups and Push-Ups).
Age/Sex: Male Sit-Up Push-Up 1.5 Mile Run
20-29 38 29 12:38
30-39 35 24 12:58
40-49 29 18 13:50
50-59 24 13 15:06
60+ 19 10 16:46
       
Age/Sex: Female Sit-Up Push-Up 1.5 Mile Run
20-29 32 15 14:50
30-39 25 11 15:43
40-49 20 9 16:31
50-59 14 N/A 18:18