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Jail Medical Inspectors Course

The Jail Medical Inspector’s Course is a three-day course taught by members of the Florida Model Jail Standards Medical subcommittee. The curriculum covers:

  • The history of jail standards
  • Standards review
  • Documentation
  • Pharmacy rules and regulations
  • Inspection techniques
  • Medical records review and collection
  • Legal aspects
  • Report submission

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

How to Become a Jail Medical Inspector

To become a “Florida Model Jail Standards Certified Jail Medical Inspector,” you must successfully complete the FMJS Medical Inspector Certification Course and be recognized by the FMJS Committee to conduct medical compliance inspections. The certification is valid for four years. All FMJS medical inspectors are required to successfully complete an eight-hour recertification course every four years in order to maintain the certification.


A candidate must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • State of Florida Licensed Health Professional (restricted to physicians, nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants), and;
  • Actively employed or retired from active employment in a jail or prison setting for a minimum of three years, and;
  • Written endorsement from the candidate’s sheriff and – if services are contracted – an endorsement from the candidate’s employing chief executive officer.
  • If the candidate is not employed by a Sheriff’s Office, written endorsement(s) must be submitted from the chief executive officer of the correctional facility with which the candidate is employed.

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and paramedics may be allowed to attend certification classes to become a certified inspector if they meet the following requirements:

  • Florida certified EMT or paramedic; and
  • Ten years of verifiable experience working as an EMT or paramedic in a correctional setting.


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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