Detention Officer Certification Course

The Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC) should be taken by students seeking certification for employment as a Detention Officer.  DOCC was developed to train students to overcome their inexperience and function as Detention Officer upon successful completion. DOCC is governed by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. The North Carolina State Detention Officer Certification exam is administered on the last day of the course.

DOCC is offered throughout the year as both a day course and as a night course and consists of 175 hours of instruction. The day course meets Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for 5 weeks; while the night course meets Monday – Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for 10 weeks. Weekend classes are required occasionally in both the day and night courses; Saturday and Sunday hours vary.

Registration Information & Requirements

Two (2) weeks prior to enrollment each candidate must:

  • Provide the DOCC Coordinator with verification of sponsorship or employment signed by the Sheriff or his/her designee.
  • Provide the DOCC coordinator with a copy of their valid North Carolina Driver’s license. This will also serve as proof of age.  The minimum age for entry is 21.
  • Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship; a copy of the birth certificate will suffice.
  • Provide a copy of their high school diploma or GED (diplomas obtained through correspondence schools will not satisfy this requirement).
  • Provide a copy of a certified criminal record check of local and state records from everywhere the student has resided within the past 10 years, plus from the location they attended high school. A criminal records check from the Clerk of Court from each location will satisfy this requirement. If the individual trainee has received a probationary certificate from the commission at the time of enrollment, this Criminal Record Check is waived. However documentation of this certificate must be provided to the School Director prior to enrollment. If the applicant had prior military service within the 10 year period he/she must include a copy of the form DD214 which shows the characterization of discharge and if any military discipline was issued. A military discharge type other than Honorable will require a military record.
  • Provide a copy of a valid F-1 Medical History Statement & F-2 Medical Examination Report. The F-1 & F-2 must have been completed within the past year and signed by a physician, surgeon, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner licensed in North Carolina.
  • Complete a Medical Questionnaire Form for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
  • Complete a Data file Card.

Upcoming Dates

Event NameEvent TypeWhenWhere
Detention Officer Certification CourseCourseApril 1, 2015 - May 6, 2015North Campus
Building – 400
Room – 4111
Detention Officer Certification CourseCourseJune 3, 2015 - July 7, 2015North Campus
Building – 400
Room – 4111
Detention Officer Certification CourseCourseSeptember 30, 2015 - November 4, 2015North Campus
Building – 400
Room – 4111

Contact Information

Tony Gulledge
Coordinator in Basic Law Enforcement[+]
  • Public Services
  • Corporate and Continuing Education
campusCabarrus County Law Enforcement Training Center
Lynn Coughenour
Administrative Services Assistant in Basic Law Enforcement[+]
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  • Academic Programs