There’s potential in everyone. Bring it out.

As a Probation Officer, you can change lives. Working with offenders in the community and in prisons, you’ll support them to get back on track and turn their lives around. You’ll enable them to make better life choices, reduce the chance they’ll reoffend – and you’ll take pride in protecting society against the effects of crime. You’ll also gain a professional qualification with our support, along with a competitive salary, generous leave and great training.

Train to be a Probation Officer

You’ll start off as a Probation Services Officer, learning on the job and working to gain your fully funded Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP). Completing the programme gives you the chance to apply to become a Probation Officer and take on even more responsibility, along with opportunities to keep learning and developing through structured career paths.

As part of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), we support offenders on their road to rehabilitation. It involves close working with all kinds of offenders, including those who’ve committed violent and sexual offences. You’ll also work with victims of crime, colleagues across the criminal justice system, charities and the wider community.

Being a Probation Officer is more than a job, it’s a profession and who you are as a person. You have to understand the lives of the offenders you work with, and with that comes so many varied experiences. It’s a job you can really take pride in.

Sarah, Probation Officer

About the training

Find out more about the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) programme.

Employee stories

Being a Probation Officer can turn your life around too. Hear from some of our team about how joining the service has enabled them to realise their potential personally and professionally.

Apply now

Everything you need to know about eligibility and the application process.