Basic Detention


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This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic Detention program is designed to prepare students who are interested in a career in the field of detention and also upgrade the skills of those presently working in the field. The courses examine the services and programs provided to inmates as well as legal issues affecting both the incarcerated person and those working within the setting. The courses also focus on management techniques, security and emergency procedures, and detention facility training. Students will study current issues dealing with different types of inmates and the variety of problems encountered with these individuals.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Basic Detention (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2020
Admissions criteria

This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain the function and philosophy of the Arizona Detention office.
  2. Identify the components of effective inmate/ward supervision/management in adult or juvenile systems.
  3. Define constitutional rights, situations where constitutional rights are abridged, and constitutional terminology.
  4. Describe considerations when dealing with inmates with special needs.
  5. Classify adult and juvenile systems on the basis of custody levels, parole, justice process and length of confinement guidelines.
  6. Explain procedures for minimizing disturbance, emergency and hostage situations.
  7. Demonstrate conflict resolution techniques which may occur in correctional institutions.
  8. Demonstrate techniques for managing emergency situations.
  9. Describe functional areas and their locations within a detention facility and operate all facility doors.
  10. Explain liability issues concerning use of force and weapons in the facility.
  11. Describe components and benefits of an active physical training program.
  12. Summarize the importance of survival psychology in self-defense situations.
  13. Demonstrate the principles of self-defense.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
LET130 Detention Officer Training Critical course Gateway course 2
LET132 Introduction to Correctional Law 3
LET134 Special Needs Issues And Communication 2
LET135 Problem Solving and Crisis Management 2
LET136 Detention Security Procedures 2
LET138 Detention Officer Emergency Procedures 1
LET139 Detention Facility Training 2
LET141 Detention Defensive Tactics 4
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

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