(a) The Juvenile Justice Officer training course shall consist of a minimum of 117 hours of classroom and practical skills instruction.

(b)  Each basic training course for Juvenile Justice Officers shall include training in the following identified topic areas:

(1)           Juvenile Justice Common Core:

(A)          Basic Individual Counseling Skills                                                                   6 hours

(B)          Interpersonal Communication Skills                                                                6 hours

(C)          Working with Families                                                                                       3 hours

(D)          Characteristics of Delinquents                                                                          4 hours

(E)           Staff and Juvenile Relationships: Maintaining                                              4 hours

Professional Boundaries

(F)           Gang Awareness                                                                                                  2 hours

(G)          Situational Awareness and Risk Assessment                                                 4 hours

(H)          Restraints, Controls, and Defensive Techniques                                           28 hours

(I)            Mechanical Restraints                                                                                        4 hours

(J)            Youth Mental Health First-Aid                                                                          8 hours

(K)          Trauma and Delinquents                                                                                    6 hours

(L)           Driver and Secure Transport Safety                                                                4 hours

(M)         Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) – Addressing RED within the

Juvenile Justice System                                                                                     2 hours

(N)          Verbal De-escalation for Juvenile Justice                                                       2 hours

Total Hours                                                                                                                          83 hours

(2)           Juvenile Justice Officer Specific:

(A)          Treatment Program Operations                                                                        4 hours

(B)          Maintaining Documentation of Activities and Behaviors                           8 hours

(C)          Basic Group Leadership Skills                                                                          4 hours

(D)          Effective Behavior Management                                                                     10 hours

(E)           Health Services Overview                                                                                  2 hours

(F)           Contraband and Search Techniques                                                                2 hours

(G)          Suicide Prevention and Response                                                                    4 hours

Total Hours                                                                                                                          34 hours

Total Course Hours                                                                                                             117 hours

(c)  Upon completion of a Commission-certified training course for Juvenile Justice Officers the Director of the school conducting the course shall notify the Commission of the training completion by submitting a Report of Training Course Completion for each trainee. The requirements for completion of the Report of Training Course Completion, F-11, is outlined in 12 NCAC 09B .0235.

(d)  Employees of the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention who have completed the minimum 117 hour training program accredited by the Commission under Rule .0235 of this Section after January 1, 2013 who transfer from a Juvenile Court Counselor position to a Juvenile Justice Officer position shall be required to complete only the portions of the course identified as specific to the duties and responsibilities of a Juvenile Justice Officer pursuant to Subparagraph (b)(2) of this Rule.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 17C-2; 17C-6; 17C-10;

Temporary Adoption Eff. April 15, 2003;

Eff. April 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2017; July 1, 2016; August 1, 2015; May 1, 2014;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 25, 2019;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2024.