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Exam Title Correctional Officer (General)

Exam Number 5H04-20240513-OC-00

Salary Starting Salary: $48,355 at the Prisons Training Academy on an 8-hr shift. Upon graduating from the training academy, the salary increases to $59,235 with potential to reach $70,202, based on a 12-hr shift.


Certification Rule Rule of List

Competition Open-Competitive


Announcement Date 05/13/2024

Close Date 07/05/2024

General Definition

If you have completed high school and are at least age 20, you can apply today to start your City career as a Correctional Officer with the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.

Starting salary is $48,355 with a hiring bonus of $2000! Upon graduating from the training academy, the salary increases to $59,235 with potential to reach $70,202, based on a 12-hour shift schedule.

Make an impact on our community and serve to provide safe, lawful and humane correctional facilities as a Correctional Officer. The City offers room for advancement and competitive health benefits.

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Join the City of Philadelphia team today and seize these incredible benefits designed to enhance your financial well-being and personal growth!

For more information on the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, visit https://www.phila.gov/departments/philadelphia-department-of-prisons.

About The Position

This is general duty correctional work maintaining security and discipline in a City correctional institution or police detention facility on an assigned shift. Work includes responsibility for guarding inmates at a work location, in cell blocks, transporting them from institutions to and from courts and between institutions, and in the performance of general laboring tasks as required. Work is performed under the close supervision of higher level correctional or police personnel. Work involves regular exposure to unpredictable conditions and occasionally requires the expenditure of physical effort in the restraining and subduing of prisoners.

Union Code I. AFSCME D.C.33 Correctional Classes

FLSA Code Non-Exempt

Application Procedures


Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Philadelphia. Please refer to the important information below regarding this job opportunity.
• You must complete the entire application process, provide accurate and up to date contact information, and submit all certifications, required licenses, and relevant documentation with each application or email the documents as an attachment to the Human Resources Representative listed below prior to the date of the exam.
• The analyst responsible for reviewing applications and additional documentation for this job opportunity is:

Rashida Ximines

Office of Human Resources

City of Philadelphia

Public Safety Team

1401 JFK Boulevard, Room 1530

Philadelphia, PA 19102

[t] 215-686-2318

[f] 215-686-2347

[e] [email protected]

NOTE : This analyst may be intermittently working remotely. Please forward questions and documentation via email to avoid delays.
• For all other inquiries please contact Customer Service at 215-686-0880 or email [email protected]

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Training, Education & Experience

The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications.


Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth school grade.



Must be 20-years-old at time of hire

Physical & Medical Requirements


Must have reached twentieth (20) birthday.

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications

Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as a Correctional Officer if required by work assignment.

Other Requirements

Equivalency Statement(s)

Application Details

Notes to Applicants

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer

Impact – The work you do here matters to millions.

Growth – Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?

Diversity & Inclusion – Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

Benefits – We Care About Your Well-being.

The City of Philadelphia is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer.

Learn more here: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] . For more information, go to: www.phila.gov/humanrelations

The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations at 215-683-5085. The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.

As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person’s gross pay for such period, without the person’s consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.

Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works ( PGW ) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW .

Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.

Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.

For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at 215-686-0880 or by email at [email protected]

ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on July 5, 2024.

Your application will be rejected, and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
• Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
• Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application

All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment. It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct.

If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add [email protected] to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.

Please call the Office of Human Resources at 215-686-0880 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:

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New employees are eligible for a lump sum hiring bonus of $2000. The bonus will be paid in three parts: $1000 upon hire, $500 after the employee has successfully completed the Training Academy, and $500 after the employee has completed twelve months of satisfactory full-time employment following graduation from the academy. The employees must meet all requirements contained in Civil Service Regulation 6.32 to receive the bonus.


Only an Open-Competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.

Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.


The Civil Service Commission has waived the usual requirement that candidates must be residents of Philadelphia for one year prior to appointment. Instead, establishment of residency in Philadelphia will be required no later than one (1) year after appointment.

Preference For Philadelphia Residents

Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score. If you have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year immediately preceding July 15, 2024, you are eligible to claim residency preference.

To receive such preference, candidates must respond to the question regarding residence later in this form.

The response on this application will be used to determine eligibility for preference for residents. Documentation of residence may be required if there is any question as to whether you meet the residency preference requirements.

If an applicant does not respond to the appropriate residence question, it will be assumed that the applicant does not qualify for residence preference. Eligibility for residence preference must be determined by the date of the test administration. No requests for residence preference will be granted after the test administration.

U.S. VETERAN’S PREFERENCE – Ten points for veteran’s preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. Attach a DD214, member 4, to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.

LEGACY PREFERENCE – The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE PREFERENCE – Up To 5 Additional Points Will Be Added To The Examination Score Of Any Candidate Who Has Passed The Open Competitive Examination And Who Has

Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC (including FEMA Corps), or AmeriCorps VISTA .

Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of a two-year term of service or three (3) points for the completion of a one year term of service.

B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach for America).

Such Candidates Will Have
• 1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.
• 2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.
• 3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.
• 5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service.

NEW ! Philadelphia School District Career and Technical Education Preference Points

For exams announced after May 1, 2023, excluding Police and Fire entry level exams, candidates who successfully pass the open-competitive examination shall have up to 5 points added to their final score in accordance with Regulation 9.0670.

Only those competitors who have a passing grade in an all parts of the examination shall receive additional credits to which they may be entitled. The following requirements must be satisfied for a candidate to receive additional credits for examinations.
• Candidates must have completed and graduated from a career technical education ( CTE ) program of the School District of Philadelphia during the three-year period immediately preceding the examination announcement open date.
• Candidates may claim the additional credit at any time after the date that the examination is announced until 30 days after the Established List of Candidates is approved by the Director or his/her designee.
• If the 5 additional points from the CTE preference would rank a CTE graduate above a veteran, additional points shall be applied to the CTE candidate’s passing score to rank them directly below the veteran.
• Candidates must submit adequate documentation including high school transcript with completion of CTE Program as required by the Office of Human Resources.

The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

Projected Exam Date

Training And Experience Evaluation

Applicants will be evaluated and scored based upon their training and experience credentials. Applicants will not be asked to appear to take a scheduled examination.

Scores in the Training and Experience Evaluation will be based on documentation of education and experience provided by the candidate. To receive full credit for your education and experience, you should submit all relevant documentation including college transcripts, licenses, certifications, paid out of class documentation, etc. and provide a detailed description of your education, experience, and credentials.

An Eligible List will be established the week of July 15, 2024. Please note that this date may change.

Test Review

In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file a written appeal. Call 215 686-0880 if you wish to schedule a test review.

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