There’s potential in everyone. Bring it out.

As a probation officer, you can change lives. Working with people on probation in the community and in prisons, you’ll support them to get back on track and turn their lives around. You’ll also gain a professional qualification with our support, along with a competitive salary, generous leave and great training.

We are looking for people with empathy and resilience to help people change. The role of a probation officer is rewarding but can be challenging – as you often work with people with complex needs, and no two people are the same. In addition, you’ll be working full-time alongside studying – but you’ll be supported every step of the way.

HM Prison & Probation Service fully fund the Professional Qualification in Probation, whilst also paying your salary throughout your studies, so it’s a great opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ whilst working towards becoming a fully qualified probation officer. 

In addition, we offer a competitive salary, generous pension scheme and leave allowance, along with opportunities for your onward career progression.

Train to be a probation officer: live webinar

To support applicants for the PQiP 14 intake, we hosted a live webinar on 28 February 2023. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the course, receive helpful tips on applying, and heard from guest speakers about their personal experience with the programme and life in the probation service.

This recording will remain relevant for PQiP 15. Note that the start date for PQiP 15 intake will be March 2024.

Becoming a probation officer is rewarding but comes with its challenges. You often have to deal with difficult situations and behaviours. But that’s also how you can measure your growth.

Steve, trainee probation officer


About the Training

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


Employee stories

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