The New Mexico Corrections Training Academy (NMCTA) is responsible for conducting both basic and advanced training for corrections officers, probation/parole officers, and civilian staff.
The basic training academy is eight (8) weeks in length and pushes cadets to achieve their best both physically and mentally as they prepare to enter a challenging career in corrections.
The advanced training section conducts training post-academy in a variety of corrections topics for corrections officers and probation/parole officers around the state.
The international training and recruitment section works diligently to provide training to international students and is also responsible for screening and assisting those applying for officer positions within the department.
With succession planning in mind, to ensure stable continuity of operations and employee retention, the newly formed Leadership Development Institute seeks to develop leaders at all levels of the organization regardless of rank.
To learn more about each section, select the appropriate tab above and navigate to the program of your interest.
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Advanced Section Mission Statement
The Advanced Training Section (ATS) provides post-academy training for corrections officers and probation and parole officers. Training is also provided for newly hired staff to help with their transition into the corrections career field. The ATS also trains outside agencies at their request as part of an on-going collaboration between local and state law enforcement and corrections agencies. The ATS is responsible for training and developing new and veteran instructors through the train-the-trainer program, a forty hour program that focuses on adult learning theory and evidence based practices in the classroom. The ATS is constantly evaluating its training programs and refining those programs to bring them in congruence with industry standards, to include implementing more reality based training and increasing active participation in the classroom.
For more information on the training and services provided by the ATS, please click the links below
Questions/Concerns/Comments should be directed to the advanced training section staff or the director of the NMCTA.PPD Training Coordinator
Click here for 2018 NMCD Advanced Training Calendar
Click here for NMCD Advanced Trainings Course Descriptions
Click here for Request to attend training form
Click here for Firearms Range Rules Signatory Form
Click here for Taser CEW Signatory Form
It is the mission of the basic training section to provide a fundamental basis to correctional officers and Probation/Parole officers in a myriad of corrections/law enforcement topics. These include: Ethics & Professionalism, Use of Force, CPR, First Aid, Offender Supervision, Verbal Communication, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Time and Stress Management, Report Writing, Transports, Field Visits and a number of other topics. Upon completing their training, officers will be prepared to complete their duties on a fundamental level recognizing the need for continued learning and on-the-job training.
It is the mission of the International training section to provide a fundamental basis to correctional officers and Probation/Parole officers in a myriad of corrections/law enforcement topics. These include: Ethics & Professionalism, Use of Force, CPR, First Aid, Offender Supervision, Verbal Communication, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Time and Stress Management, Report Writing, Transports, Field Visits and a number of other topics. Upon completing their training, officers will be prepared to complete their duties on a fundamental level recognizing the need for continued learning and on-the-job training.
The New Mexico Corrections Department Training Academy is staffed with instructors who bring a pyramid of experience to their teaching. All instructors have completed a training-the-trainer course and have real-world experience in the courses they teach. Many have college degrees, some advanced degrees. Instructors are continually trying to better themselves and bring their skills and knowledge to the forefront by seeking out the latest training and learning techniques.
Q: What do I need to bring to the basic training academy?
A: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Valid New Mexico drivers license and social security card. NO EXECPTIONS! Students will arrive at the Academy dressed in Professional Business attire!
Males: will be clean-shaven. You must have a nice clean professional looking haircut.
Females: Fingernail short in length and clear nail polish only
Personal Hygiene items- shaving kit, soap, etc.
Towels, washcloths, etc.
Males- cup and supporter
Females- sports bra
Pen, pencils, writing materials, notebook and a white 3 inch 3-ring binder.
Personal appropriate clothing
One pair of GOOD athletic shoes, you will be working out and doing a lot of running so find a good pair that can be used for both.
At least four (4) White Crewneck T-shirts to be worn under the uniform shirt. It is recommended that cadets purchase one size smaller than they usually wear.
One older white tee shirt to be worn on O.C. Spray day (it will get stained)
If you wear glasses or contacts make sure that you have them.
Individuals under the age of 25 with an out of state drivers license must contact the UNM Continuing Education Department at (505) 277-1111 or (505) 277-0051 to purchase the workbook None for the Road DWI Awareness Course. Further instruction will be given by their staff. THIS IS MANDATORY TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ACADEMY, YOU MUST SHOW PROOF OF PURCHASE AND ATTEMPT TO RECEIVE A NEW MEXICO DRIVERS LICENSE.
Q: How do I know where I need to go for training?
A: Check the training calendar on this website. If you need further clarification, please contact the training academy directly at 505-827-8900.
Q: What should I bring to my training session?
A: Please bring all applicable gear. If you are training for firearms/taser/scenarios, please bring all field attire with you (including ballistic vest). Otherwise you may attend training in casual clothing unless otherwise directed.
Q: I completed a training but did not receive a certificate?
A: Please contact the instructor from your course for your training certificate. A list of academy instructors can be found to the right along with contact information.
Q: I want to attend a training outside of NMCD, can I attend?
A: Officers must complete a Training Request form for all training they wish to attend. After completing this form, the district supervisor must approve the training and make a determination as to the applicability of that training to the officers position. This training would count as elective for the purposes of the forty (40) hour annual requirement.
Q: I am way behind on my training, what should I do?
A: It is each officers responsibility to ensure they are completing the training required by policy. If you feel that you are falling behind, please contact your training coordinator and attempt to catch up as soon as possible. The easiest way to avoid this is plan out your training in advance and ensure that you complete it.
Q: When are screening dates?
A: Every Tuesday and Wednesday (except holidays) at the Corrections Academy. You must be there for both days.
Q: What is involved?
A: Fill out state job application
Psychological tests and interview
Physical agility test
Urinalysis and medical exam (2 weeks prior to start of class)
Q: What must I bring or wear?
A: 1st Day - Documents Include: State birth certificate, driver's license, social security card,
high school diploma or GED certificate and DD214 (Military Service Only).
Appropriate Dress: Exercise clothes and shoes appropriate for physical agility testing
(no shorts or tank tops allowed)
2nd Day - Clothing Appropriate for an Interview
Q: What are the minimum job requirements?
A: At least 18 years old, high school graduate or GED, U.S. citizen,
no felony convictions, and pass all phases of screening.
Q: What is the pay?
A: Cadet = $12.35 per hour
Correctional Officer = $13.65 per hour
Shift differential = $.60 per hour
PNM (Santa Fe only) = An additional TEMPORARY Recruitment Differential Pay
A: Annual leave, sick leave, holidays, health insurance,
dental insurance, vision insurance, and retirement.
Q: How long is the training?
A: 8 weeks - food and lodging will be provided during weekdays.
You must stay in Academy lodging during the work week.
The workweek is Monday - Thursday 10 hour days.
Q: How long is the selection process?
A: The selection process will take about three weeks from the initial screening date.
Q: How many trips will it take an out of state applicant to complete the screening process?
A: The initial screening process is two consecutive days.
The drug and medical screening will be scheduled prior to the start date of the academy
Q: Do I get paid while attending the academy
A: Yes, you will receive pay. The benefits will be available after the second pay period.
Q: Why do most applicants get rejected?
A: By being unable to achieve physical entry standards to omitting or falsifying on the application
Q: What if I cannot bring all the required documents for the first screening day?
A: Until all documents are received, your application will be incomplete and unable to process
any further for review
Q: How can I submit an application?
A: You will need to visit the New Mexico State Personnel Office website and apply on-line.
Once we have received your application and you have met the initial requirements
you will be contacted by a department staff member or you may attend screening
which is held every Tuesday and Wednesday
B: Probation and Parole applicants will be contacted once the department has received their
application status to schedule a screening date. Applicants will be called according to
location and job openings