Ohio Probation Officer Training Program

In accordance with Ohio R.C. 2301.271, adult probation officers hired after Jan. 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 delivering relevant and high-quality courses.

Register for an Ohio Probation Officer Training Program Course

Registration now open for 2017 courses. Please use these simple steps to register for face-to-face or online courses:

  1. 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.)
  2. Once your account is approved, log in to eCademy.
  3. Register for a course or courses. You can search by course name, date, or location.

For face-to-face courses, 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 Jan. 1, 2014, courses may not always be able to accommodate all who wish to attend.

For online courses, you will be able to enter the online course after you register by going to My Courses.┬áNote that you will have access to the course for 30 days after registration or until Dec. 31st, whichever is sooner. If you do not complete the course during that 30 day period, you will lose all progress and will receive no credit for the course.

Mandatory Online Courses
  • 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
Mandatory Face-to-Face Courses
  • 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

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.

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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