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Basic Certification Course for Inspectors

The Jail Inspector’s course is a five-day course, taught by members of the Florida Model Jail Standards Training Sub-committee. The class combines classroom activities and hands-on learning that may require several hours of walking.

This course covers:

  • The history of jail standards
  • Standards review
  • Sanitation
  • Food service
  • Fire safety
  • Report writing
  • Legal
  • Inspections methods

Locations are currently being considered for Basic Certification courses for Jail Inspector. If you would like one in your area, please email Isaiah Dennard:

How to Become a Jail Inspector

To become a Florida Model Jail Standards Certified Jail Inspector, you must successfully complete the FMJS Inspector Certification Course and be recognized by the FMJS Committee to conduct correctional operations inspections. The certification is valid for four years. All FMJS inspectors are required to successfully complete an eight-hour (8) re-certification course every four years in order to maintain the certification.


A candidate must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must be actively employed and/or retired certified with five years’ experience in the care, custody and control of inmates
  • Civilian employee must have eight years of experience in the jail operations.
  • Have a written endorsement from the candidate’s sheriff.
  • If the candidate is not employed by a Sheriff’s Office, written endorsement must be submitted from the chief executive officer of the correctional facility with which the candidate is employed.


If you have questions about the Florida Model Jail Standards program, please contact:

Isaiah Dennard
Jail Services Coordinator
Florida Sheriffs Association

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