Applying to trainee probation officer programme:

Applications are currently closed. Please register your interest via the below button to be notified when we will be opening for applications.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the PQiP programme, your current Level 5 qualification must comprise of at least 120 credits (of which 120 must be attained at level 5), which is transferable to evidence a second year study at University or equivalent. If your certificate does not state the level, or the amount of credits attained at level 5, please check with the education provider who issued your certificate and provide written confirmation to support that you hold a valid qualification to present at the assessment centre. If you are not able to provide confirmation and/or it is later found that your qualification does not meet the requirements, your place could be withdrawn. Find out more about level 5 qualifications.

If you have previously started a placement on any PQiP programmes, and you are re- applying within 12 months of leaving the programme, your application needs to be agreed via the regional Probation Learning Lead.

The application process

The recruitment process is usually around 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 HM Prison and Probation Service 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 HMPPS. Plagiarised applications will not be accepted.

Reasonable Adjustments

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

For more information regarding other roles, please visit the Prison & Probation Jobs website.

You can also register on the Civil Service Jobs website.