How To Become A Correctional Officer In Nevada

  • Criminal Justice
  • March 11, 2024
  • 4 min read
A corrections officer restraining an inmate who looks remorseful for his previous life-choices.

In 2016 the State of Nevada has approximately 13,637 people incarcerated state prison. In order to maintain these prisoners in a safe and secure environment, the state’s Department of Corrections employs over 2,400 people. Correctional officers are a vital part of Nevada’s criminal justice system, ensuring that those incarcerated in the state serve out the full extent of their sentence, while also facilitating prisoner participation reformative activities such as educational activities and vocational training.

In this article, we will be looking at how you can become a correctional officer in the state of Nevada and what the educational, physical and training requirements of the position are.


The minimum educational requirement for becoming a correctional officer in the state of Nevada is to have a high school diploma or GED coupled with two years of full-time experience working in any field.

Those applicants who have completed an associate’s degree in criminal justice, such as the one we offer here at Northwest, only need to have one and a half year’s work experience

Physical Fitness

Because of the physical nature of the position, part of the application process for becoming a correctional officer in Nevada involves passing a physical fitness test. Applicants are expected to complete the following physical test before they can progress to on the job training.

  • Vertical jump: 15 inches
  • Agility run: in 20.4 seconds
  • 300 meter run: in 1:14 minutes
  • 5-mile run/walk: in 17:37 min

Other Requirements

Applicants for the position of correctional officer in Nevada must be 21 years old at the time of application. You must be a U.S. citizen and be free of convictions for any felony, domestic violence or driving while under the influence (DUI/DWI). You cannot apply for the position of correctional officer if you have been dishonorably discharged from the military.

During the application process, applicants will be background checked by the FBI, be tested for controlled substances, fingerprinted, undergo a medical, psychological and physical examination and take part in a structured interview.

On-The-Job Training

Applicants that have successfully gone through the application process and been accepted as a correctional officer are known as “correctional officer trainees”. Progressing from trainee to full correctional officer status requires 60 hours of pre-service training and successfully achieving POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certification.

How Much Does A Correctional Officer Earn?

The career path for a correctional officer in Nevada spans six different grades, each with their own minimum and maximum salaries. Promotion through the various grades is based on experience and ability. The annual mean wage for a correctional officer in the Las Vegas area is $60,400 per year.

Nevada Correctional Officer Grades And Salaries

  • Correctional Officer Trainee:

Minimum: $37,563

Maximum: $55,207

  • Correctional Officer:

Minimum: $40,862

Maximum: $60,405

  • Senior Correctional Officer:

Minimum: $42,553

Maximum: $63,099

  • Correctional Sergeant:

Minimum: $46,416

Maximum: $69,029

  • Correctional Lieutenant:

Minimum: $52,847

Maximum: $79,114

  • Correctional Captain:

Minimum: $57,712

Maximum: $86,735

Join Our Criminal Justice School Today!

Qualifying from our Criminal Justice School puts you in an excellent position to access a variety of employment opportunities as you look for one that suits your skills and interests. At Northwest Career College, our Criminal Justice instructors include licensed, practicing attorneys and degree instructors able to teach, not only the law but also to guide our students in the many ways a criminal justice graduate integrates into a Las Vegas legal profession.

As part of our Criminal Justice Program, you’ll visit courts, jails, meditation centers and more to experience first-hand the law in action which will make your criminal justice training applicable to the Las Vegas legal system. Northwest offers a flexible blended program with all criminal justice classes Las Vegas law classes taught on campus by an attorney and general education courses offered online. Our experienced instructors are on-campus to review and support your learning experience at all times.

Call us at (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment team about joining our Criminal Justice Program today!


Lisa Myers
General Education Department Director

Beginning her career as a Paralegal, Lisa soon advanced to the role of Senior Paralegal for various Family Law, Personal Injury and Corporate law firms in the Las Vegas community. She obtained her Juris Doctor and LL.M, completing her fellowship…Read Full Bio