Successful applicants for Youth Correctional Officer and Youth Correctional Counselor can look forward to a rewarding career at CDCR, just as these graduates experienced.

By Steve Stone
Office of Peace Officer Selection

The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is looking for interested applicants who want to join a team of people who enjoy working with youth to make a difference and improve our communities.

The Office of Peace Officer Selection will begin accepting applications for the DJJ Youth Correctional Officer (YCO) and Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) classifications at 8 a.m. on Aug. 7 through 5 p.m. on Aug.16.

DJJ is projected to continue running two Basic Correctional Juvenile Academies (BCJA) per year to keep pace with attrition. The BCJA is a 16-week academy conducted at the California Training Center in Galt, CA. On-campus housing is available for candidates from outside the local area.

To find out more about the YCO and YCC selection process and classifications, visit

Minimum qualifications for YCO include age 21 at the time of appointment (age 20 to apply)

U.S. citizenship

  • History of law abiding behavior
  • Not legally prohibited from carrying a firearm;
  • And graduation from high school or equivalent.

Minimum qualifications for YCC include additional education, experience, or a combination thereof, in addition to the minimum qualifications for YCO.

Candidates for the Youth classifications should possess an openness to participating in training related to cognitive behavioral treatment

Applications will be accepted online only at A link for the YCO/YCC application will be posted at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.