About the PQiP training programme

When you start your training, you’ll be a probation services officer, learning on the job and studying 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 work in different settings, keep learning and developing through structured career paths.

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.


You will be supported every step of the way and although it might be challenging, your colleagues are always there to help you through.

Simeon, probation services officer


Watch our webinar on ‘Becoming a probation officer – live Q&A’ below, where probation officers spoke about their experiences of the application process, PQiP training and their experiences in the role.