Ohio Probation Officer Training Program

In accordance with Ohio R.C. 2301.271, adult probation officers hired after January 1, 2014 must complete an introductory training program within one year of their hire date. As a result, the Ohio Probation Officer Training Program was developed through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (ODRC), the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College (SCOJC), and the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association (OCPOA). The program curriculum was developed by a committee consisting of personnel from ODRC, SCOJC, and OCPOA, including Chief Probation Officers from urban and rural common pleas, municipal, and county courts. It consists of six face-to-face and 12 online courses. While these courses are designed for recently hired adult Probation Officers, they are open and beneficial to all Probation Officers.

The Ohio Probation Officer Training Program is committed to ensuring courses deliver relevant and fundamental information. Please see the Data Summary from January 2014 – December 2014 for statistics regarding participants, course curriculum, and evaluations.

Register for an Online Course

The online courses are moving to Judicial eCademy on July 1, 2015. Judicial eCademy will permit all probation officers in Ohio to access the online coursework for free.

As we make this transition, there are three important points to know:

  • Access to courses in the Relias system will terminate on June 28, 2015. You must fully complete a course and pass its test by June 28, 2015 to receive credit. DRC and the Supreme Court will be pulling reports to record who has completed courses.
  • Officers will receive no credit for partially completed courses. Uncompleted courses will need to be taken from the beginning in Judicial eCademy after July 1, 2015.
  • Officers still have 365 days from their hire date to complete the entire OAPOTP. Officers who do not finish all online courses in Relias are able to take them in Judicial eCademy.

For more information about this process or how to register, please review the announcement.

Mandatory Online courses for adult POs hired after January 1, 2014:

  • The Principles of Effective Interventions (This is a prerequisite for all other courses)
  • Risk Assessment Basics (This is a prerequisite for all other courses)
  • The Ohio Court System
  • The Ohio Criminal Justice System and Its Partners
  • The Authority of Probation Officers and their Role within the Court
  • Probation Officer Ethics
  • The Basics of Officer Safety
  • Courtroom Presentation Basics
  • Electronic Offender Information Systems
  • Drug Identification and Testing
  • Search and Seizure for Probation
  • Special Populations
Register for a Face-to-Face Course

Registration now open for all 2015 courses. Register at Judicial eCademy.

Five steps to register for face-to-face courses:

  1. Complete the online course prerequisites through Relias. (See “Register for an Online Course” to learn how.)
  2. Create an eCademy account if you don’t already have one. Go to eCademy, and click "Create new account." Your account will be approved within 2-3 days. (For more detailed instructions or for information on how to obtain your username and password if you have forgotten them, please view the eCademy login instructions.)
  3. Once your account is approved, log in to eCademy.
  4. Register for the desired course.
  5. You will receive a confirmation that you have registered. Two weeks before the course, you will receive a final course confirmation. Because registration priority is given to adult probation officers, hired after January 1, 2014, courses may not always be able to accommodate all POs who wish to attend.

Face-to-face course calendar
Courses are offered regionally in Columbus, Dayton, Akron, and Perrysburg. Probation Officers are welcome to take trainings in any region.

Mandatory face-to-face courses for adult POs hired after January 1, 2014:

  • Introduction to Assessment and Case Planning
  • Professional Communication: Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
  • Introduction to Offender Skill Building
  • Introduction to Offender Behavior Management

Questions? Contact Judicial College staff at 614.387.9455 or ProbationOfficerTraining@sc.ohio.gov.

Administration or Registration Information
Morgan Patten
Judicial Officer Inquiries
Kristopher Steele

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