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2024 JPO/Caseworker Certification Exam Details

TO: Juvenile Probation Officers and Caseworkers
FROM: Peter Stathakis, Program Manager
SUBJECT: Juvenile Probation Officer/Caseworker Certification Examination Pursuant to Administrative Order 1985-5
DATE: June 12, 2024

Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 1985-5 requires a juvenile [court] probation officer/caseworker to complete the Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) certification training within two years of employment.

The certification process is two-phased and can be completed in any order.  Phase I requires participation in (or waiver of) the MJI 鈥淏asic Interviewing, Counseling, and Communication Techniques鈥 seminar.  Phase II consists of a self-paced study of the MJI Juvenile Probation Officer and Caseworker Self-Instructional Manual and satisfactory completion of the certification examination.


Study using the Self-Instructional Manual revised in August 2023.  The manual is available on our website HERE.

The examination is Online:

The exam is now a computer-based application that you may take from the comfort of your home or office.  However, you must still preregister to take the exam. Register for one of the following times: 

Thursday, August 1, 2024:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Please click HERE to register and select only one of the time slots.

You must use your court/agency e-mail address to register.  If you do not have a court/agency e-mail address, please contact Peter Stathakis at the e-mail address listed below.

Closer to the exam date, you will receive additional information regarding accessing the State Court Administrative Office Learning Management System where the exam is housed.

Examination Details:

  • The examination is timed. You will have up to three hours to complete the exam.
  • The examination is 鈥渙pen book,鈥 so you may utilize your manual to assist you in answering questions.
  • The format for the examination is primarily true-false, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank.
  • The examination is approximately 150 questions.
  • There are no grades 鈥 it is pass-fail. You must achieve a score of 85 percent or better to pass the examination.
  • This is based upon a cumulative score on the entire test.

If you know other probation officers and/or caseworkers who need to complete the certification process, please share this information with them.

If you have any questions, please contact me by e-mail at


Michigan Judicial Institute
Michigan Supreme Court
517.373.7171 Phone

MJI | Enhancing Excellence Through Education


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