DJJ Careers: Application Process

In order to be considered for the position of Juvenile Correction Officer I, applicants are required to receive a passing score on the P.O.S.T.-approved COMPASS test. The COMPASS test is administered through the Georgia Technical College System, and reservations are required. Please contact one of the many Technical Colleges throughout the State or view online locations.

Applicants will be required to take site a completed copy of the P.O.S.T. Examination Access Form to the exam. 

Post Entrance Exam

The P.O.S.T. Council adopted the ASSET or COMPASS exam as the official P.O.S.T. Entrance Exam for law enforcement candidates. The ASSET or COMPASS exams are administered through the Technical College System of Georgia. The COMPASS exam is a computer-based exam that provides immediate results. The ASSET exam is a paper and pencil version that will provide results in approximately 10 business days. Both of these exams measure reading, writing and numerical skills*. Applicants obtaining a passing score on the P.O.S.T. Entrance Exam may be considered for P.O.S.T. certified positions within the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Applicants can also use their SAT and ACT scores in lieu of either the COMPASS or ASSET scores. 
Passing scores for the ASSET and COMPASS exam are as follows:
Reading 38
Numerical 35
Writing 35
Reading 70
Writing 32
Numerical 26
Verbal 430
Math 400
Verbal 18
Math 16
Reading 18
Reading 55
Writing 60
Numerical 34
There is a fee of $15.00 - $25.00 to take either of these exams. The fee is payable at the exam location. Applicants who do not pass may register to retake the exam after 30 days.


Applicants who have obtained a four-year degree from an accredited college or university OR have previously been POST-certified are exempt from taking the COMPASS test. Applicants must include a copy of their degree or POST Profile when submitting their application in order to be considered.
There is a fee to take the exam of $15.00 - $25.00 collected by the college. Test scores are also valid for entrance into the Technical College System of Georgia.
To apply for a position, follow the instructions provided in the job announcement. You may also include a resume, but please do not submit a resume in lieu of the application. Positions advertised on this website are open to all eligible persons who meet the minimum qualifications for the positions, unless otherwise noted in the vacancy announcement. Some positions, particularly, Juvenile Correctional Officers, may require Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification and successfully completion of the COMPASS exam.

Due to the large volume of responses, only those individuals whose experience and skills best meet the requirements of the position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for an interview. 

Post-Entrance Exam

Due to the large volume of responses, only those individuals whose experience and skills best meet the requirements of the position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for an interview.

Getting Hired

All applicants are subject to employment verification, as well as background and criminal record investigations. Applicants with felony conviction or pending criminal charges cannot be considered for employment.
DJJ  is a registered participant in the federal work authorization program commonly known as E-Verify, and uses the program to verify employment eligibility of all employees hired.
In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, DJJ employs U.S. Citizens and authorized aliens. All applicants are required to verify their identity and employment eligibility.
Applicants for initial State employment in specific jobs in DJJ shall be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug test for the presence of illegal drugs.
DJJ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or other protected categories in employment or the provision of services.

For applicants with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you are an individual with a disability and wish to acquire this job announcement in an alternative format or, if you are an individual with a disability who may require assistance or other reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the selection process for any of the positions listed in this Job Announcement, you may contact the Department of Juvenile Justice's Employment Relations and EEO Specialist at 404-508-6646. Speech or hearing impaired applicants with access to TDD equipment may use statewide TDD Relay Service by calling 1-800-255-0056.