FSA – Certification Course Training (2022)

Learn more, as this is part of The First Step Act

Program Description is taken from The First Step Act Approved Program Guide,  1/2022 The Bureau’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program falls under three broad categories: 1) Apprenticeship Training, 2) Certification Course Training, and 3) Vocational Training.

Certification Course Training: Training programs that lead to obtaining an industry-recognized certification.

Generally, these programs require inmates to have completed the high school equivalency, but concurrent enrollment is sometimes possible. Each individual program is designed to enhance post-release employment opportunities by providing inmates with the ability to obtain marketable, in-demand employment skills. Most programs follow a competency-based curriculum, which teaches specific job skills and leads to a recognized credential, or certificate.

Some institutions offer inmates the opportunity to acquire college certificates and associate’s degrees through Advanced Occupational Education or local Pell Grant programs.

Time Frame
Hours This program is typically completed in 50 hours.
Needs Addressed Work
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, Certification Course Training must be delivered by Education and Federal Prison Industries staff. This program may also be delivered by a qualified volunteer or contractor.
Institution Locations Available at all BOP institutions.