Texas Juvenile Justice Training Academy

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 Welcome to the Texas Juvenile Justice Training Academy. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is committed to providing to most up-to-date professional development training, resources, and information.

TJJD Training Academy provides professional development & services to:

  • Juvenile Correction Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • TJJD Staff & Employees

Please bookmark this page to get the latest events and trainings.

Juvenile Probation Officer Certification Exam

Beginning September 1, 2016, the automated certification exam for juvenile probation officers will be implemented. Any individual who assumes a position (either new hire or transferred) requiring a juvenile probation officer certification on or after September 1 will be required to take and successfully pass the exam prior to certification. Below are resources that may assist with implementing the exam.

The Certification Exam can be accessed any time between 8:00am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To ensure the juvenile probation officer is properly set up to take the course, an email should be send to Amanda Wood with CMIT at ICC_AJB@SHSU.EDU. Information in the email should include:

  • Name of juvenile probation officer needing to take the exam;
  • Email address of officer;
  • Home County; and
  • Testing County.

NOTE: An individual wanting to take the exam may not submit a request to CMIT on his or her behalf. Only designated proctors are authorized to submit this request. This information should be submitted to CMIT using the approved spreadsheet provided by TJJD. If a copy of the spreadsheet is needed, please contact Chris.Ellison@tjjd.texas.gov .

Approximately three days after submitting the request, an email notification containing the log-in credentials will be sent to the department proctor including the username and password for the test taker. This information should not be shared with the test taker until the day of the exam. The exam may be administered at any time following receipt of the login credentials for the respective officer.

Once the exam has been administered and completed, the exam score will be shown on the screen. At that time, your department may choose to take a screen shot or print the exam results for your records (proctors will not receive email notification of the score). TJJD’s Certification Officer will receive a copy of scores to cross-reference as she receives an application for certification.

For more information, please contact Chris Ellison at 512.490.7245 or Chris.Ellison@tjjd.texas.gov or Kristy Almager at 512.490.7125 or Kristy.Almager@tjjd.texas.gov.

Juvenile Supervision Officer Certification Exam

TJJD began piloting the juvenile supervision officer certification exam in February and the last phase of the pilot began earlier this month. The pilot will be conducted over a six-month period and the exam will not be required for certification until September 1, 2017. To date, we have collected valuable data to be used as we move toward the final set of questions that will be used for the exam. 

We continue to ask departments or facilities to assist us with the pilot and have any new or existing officers take the exam. Continued feedback is always welcomed. The pilot will be for data collection only and not to give official credit for passing the exam. The link to access the third and final pilot may be accessed here.

For more information, please contact Chris Ellison at 512.490.7245 or Chris.Ellison@tjjd.texas.gov or Kristy Almager at 512.490.7125 or Kristy.Almager@tjjd.texas.gov.

Interested in Becoming a Certified Officer?

For prospective new employees or those interested in working as a juvenile correctional officer with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, you will complete your required pre-service training upon hire. Additional details regarding your pre-service training will be provided to you at new employee orientation. You may view current job posting online at http://www.tjjd.texas.gov by selecting "Careers" at the bottom of the home page, then select "TJJD". There are also other various opportunities for employment other than juvenile correctional officers within TJJD.

If you are interested in working as a juvenile probation or supervision officer within the state of Texas, please contact the county for which you are interested in working for employment opportunities in order to begin or continue your professional development in juvenile services. A select few county positions may be posted with TJJD. To view these postings, click here. Please note, this is only a very selected view and it is still recommended you contact the respective county.

TJJD understands that current and prospective employees may be interested in continuing their college education, specifically toward Criminal Justice programs both online and traditional. Additional resources on such programs may be found below.

  • Click here for qualifications to become employed as a certified Juvenile Probation Officer or
    a Juvenile Supervision Officer
  • Click here for eligibility requirements to become employed as a Juvenile Correctional Officer or a Juvenile Supervision Officer.

TJJD Training Academy Contact

Kristy Almager
Braker H Complex – 11209 Metric Boulevard
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 490-7125
Kristy.Almager@tjjd.texas.gov