I helped Dev understand

what triggered his offending.

The tools to keep our communities safe

The best way to train to be a Probation Officer is to mix theory with practice. So, your training towards the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) involves time both in the classroom and working with offenders.

The PQiP programme takes 15 months if you’ve a level 5 (or equivalent) that covered three of the following modules:

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Understanding Crime and Criminal Behaviour
  • Penal Policy and the Punishment of Offenders
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders

If your Level 5 (or equivalent) didn’t cover three of the above modules, the programme takes 21 months to complete.

When you’re done, you’ll gain a Level 5 vocational qualification diploma in Probation Practice as well as an honours degree.

You’ll have all the academic learning and practical skills you need to work with and prepare reports for the different offenders in our care.

And you’ll be able to apply for Qualified Probation Officer positions.

Where you’ll work

Prisons | Helping high risk offenders to change, and reduce the likelihood of reoffending or causing significant harm. Working with Prison Officers and community teams to assess risks and resettle offenders.

Courts | Preparing pre-sentence reports and giving advice in court on the risk of reoffending. This involves speaking with offenders, the police and other partner agencies.

Communities | Managing offenders on community sentences or on licence from prison. Assessing risks and putting action plans in place while collaborating with partner agencies to tackle the causes of reoffending. You may also work with medium and low-risk offenders in one of our partner Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs).

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone irrespective of background, identity, experience or circumstance, and particularly those underrepresented in our workforce. We strive for a workforce that is representative of our society and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

When people come to work for us we want them to feel safe and that they belong, are treated with empathy and respect, and have the support and solidarity of their colleagues and managers, so we can all deliver our services fairly and in response to individual needs. In joining us, you join an organisation which is committed to the values of humanity, openness, together and purpose.

Find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace.



We have a smaller group of service users, but we’re doing the actual job while we’re training.

Tony, Probation Services Officer