Applying to PQiP

Applications for our trainee probation officer programme (PQiP) are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.

We will be announcing the date of our next larger recruitment campaign later in the year.  Alternatively, you can check out our other roles available within HMPPS.

To be the first to hear when we are next opening for more vacancies, please register your interest below.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to apply to the PQiP programme, you must hold a valid level 5 qualification:

  • a Diploma of higher education (DipHE)
  • a foundation degree
  • a level 5 award
  • a level 5 certificate
  • a level 5 diploma
  • a level 5 NVQ
  • or an equivalent qualification.

The application process

The recruitment process is usually around 7 -8 months. If we are unable to offer a suitable location you will remain on the merit list and your application will be carried forward to the next intake. Candidates are able to remain on the merit for 12 months – in line with HMPPS recruitment policy.

We are aware that there are websites in operation offering assistance to candidates with PQiP assessments – please note that these are not official websites, nor are they endorsed by the Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service. Plagiarised applications will not be accepted,

Working for the Civil Service

We abide by the Civil Service Code’s standards of behaviour.

Our recruitment processes are driven by the principle of a fair and open competition leading to appointments based on merit (as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles).

If you have any questions about the Civil Service Commission or our Recruitment Principles, we recommend contacting the Civil Service Commission directly.

If you feel we haven’t upheld those principles throughout your application and want to make a complaint, first contact the Ministry of Justice. If their response is unsatisfactory, contact the Civil Service Commission

Contact Us


Telephone: 0345 241 5358