43201 – Correctional service officers



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.


Index of titles
Convict guard
Correctional facility guard
Correctional institution guard
Correctional institution head matron
Correctional officer
Correctional officers supervisor
Correctional service officer
Correctional services unit supervisor
Corrections officer
Detention attendant
Detention guard
Escort - correctional services
Head correctional officer
Head matron - correctional service
Institution guard - correctional service
Jail guard
Matron - correctional service
Penal institution guard
Penitentiary guard
Primary worker – correctional service
Primary worker/kimisinaw - correctional service
Prison guard
Prison officer
Reformatory guard


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.


Managers in social, community and correctional services (40030)
Probation and parole officers (41311)
Social workers (41300)
Detention home worker (in 42201 Social and community service workers)