Youth Correctional Officer and Youth Correctional Counselor applications accepted

By Steve Stone, Assistant Chief
Office of Peace Officer Selection

The Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) will be receiving applications for Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) entry level peace officer positions during the period of Feb. 21-24, 2017.

The advertisement for the Youth Correctional Officer (YCO) and Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) classifications is currently posted at

OPOS and DJJ have tentatively decided to reopen the application period every 90 days to maintain a flow of applicants in the selection process for the YCO and YCC classifications.

For the last two years, DJJ has conducted two forty-cadet academies to keep pace with attrition. However, in FY 17-18 the demand for cadets is expected to increase due to the impact of Proposition 57, passed by voters in November 2016.

Minimum qualifications for YCO and Correctional Officers are exactly the same, while YCC minimum qualifications require college, work experience, or a combination of both.  Minimum qualifications and information about the selection process are identified at the link above.

Most CO applicants who are interested in YCO or YCC can apply and have their applications merged at their current place in the selection process. Components will not have to be repeated with the exception of minimum qualification verification for CO applicants applying for YCC.

CO applicants whose candidate identification number begins with a ‘9’ (9xxxxxx) are not eligible to be merged on the list and will be required to complete the written exam and repeat all selection components.

Applications for YCO and YCC were last accepted in September of 2014.


15 Responses

  1. Jose R Saturday, February 25, 2017 / 6:57 am

    I’m currently a CO at HDSP, i applied online for YCO. I have recieved mixed opinions on the prices from CO to YCO. Some say I have to redo the whole process, others say just the written test. Can you please clarify.
    Is the written test the same for YCO as CO? Is there a practice test?

  2. Derick Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / 7:31 am

    Is there a number we will have to call in order to have our CO and YCO app merged?

  3. Ram Saturday, February 18, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    If you are already an CO on the DAI side and are accepted as a YCO or YCC will you have to complete the entire academy for the DJJ? Meaning Physical Fitness Tests and Chemical agents portians of the academy?

  4. Mike Saturday, February 18, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    So I’m a correctional officer at pleasant valley but I want to become a youth correctional officer at the Ventura facility. Am I still eligible to do it? If so will I have to go through the full process again?

    • APowell Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Questions should be directed to the Office of Peace Officer Selection at (916) 255-2500.

  5. A Friday, February 17, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    So if I’m in the CO process and I apply for YCO my application will be merged into the YCO without having to retake the written test, I am also in the background process , so this means the process will move faster? And assume I get hired for YCO will I be able to transfer for a CO later?

    • Steve Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Correct, no written exam if you’re already in process and your YCO application will be merged with your CO application wherever you’re at in process. This will not cause your CO application to move any faster, but your YCO overall process time will be shorter because you will not be repeating components.

  6. C.O. K. Cummings Friday, February 17, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Hey, Baker. It’s C/O Cummings. I just transferred out of Quentin and USED to work as a YCC at DJJ (OH Close). I thought CCI was the same as YCC but absolutely not! So, be advised, there are some MAJOR differences in Counseling between DAI and DJJ. Feel free to inbox me if you want details.

  7. Richard D. Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Are these positions only available at San Joaquin and Ventura counties? If so, what is the transfer policy?

    Thank You- Richard

    • Steve Friday, February 17, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      Richard – yes, the positions are limited to San Joaquin and Ventura counties. To obtain eligibility for YCO or YCC you must apply for, and take the written exam. The application period is Tuesday through Friday of next week, and you can expect to be scheduled for a written exam in March. If you are currently a CDCr peace officer you will not have to complete the rest of the selection process.

  8. Lisa Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I had recently took the exam for the CO this year and declined to continue with the background. Will I be eligible to apply for the written exam again this year for YCO or YCC?

    • Steve Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Hi Lisa – yes, you will be eligible to apply for the YCO/YCC exam when the application period opens Tuesday – Friday of next week. If you are interested in reapplying for CO, please call (916) 255-2500 to determine when you will be eligible.

  9. Baker, D. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I am currently working at San Quentin State prison as a Correctional Counselor I. I would like to know if this position is available for me to transfer due to this location being closer to home?

    • Steve Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Baker – you will need to apply for and pass the written exam to obtain list eligibility for YCO or YCC. Assuming you pass the exam, you will be placed on the cert for hire to the next academy. We anticipate the next academy will be summer ’17.

    • Mike Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Youth Correctional Counselor top out pay with no longevity-$7652.00
      Your current position Correctional Counselor I Top out pay with no longevity-$8426.00

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