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Basic Eligibility for Parole Officers

Minimum Standards

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an immigrant with lawful status, who is authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Bachelor's degree conferred by an institution of higher education accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Major course work in Criminal Justice, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology preferred. View information about foreign education credentials.

  • Must possess a valid state driver's license.

  • Must have or be able to obtain a certificate of course completion for the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS) policy and procedures training from the Texas Department of Public Safety within six months of employment date.

  • Must meet and maintain TLETS access eligibility for continued employment in position. For details see: ../hr-home/tletseligibility.html

  • Must not have been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence. View additional information.

  • Must not be on active duty in the military (okay if on terminal leave)

  • Must not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.

  • Must not be on probation for any criminal offense. View additional information.

  • Must not have pending charges for any criminal offense or have an outstanding warrant

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of a Parole Officer, with or without reasonable accommodations

  • Must pass the TDCJ pre-employment drug test

  • Males ages 18 through 25, must be registered with the Selective Services if required to do so by Federal Law. If you are not registered, you may register by clicking the following link:

Additional Information

For all TDCJ purposes, conviction of a criminal offense includes paid fine, time served, placed on probation (includes deferred adjudication), and court ordered restitution.

Page updated: 04/19/2021