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Become a Probation Officer.

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.

* Please note, this is the final opportunity for entry onto the 21 month programme for the foreseeable future.

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 rise from Probation Services Officer to Probation Officer, and move to the qualified Probation Officer pay scale.

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

Tony, Probation Services Officer


We’re all working towards the same goal

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone. We strive for a workforce that is representative of our society and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

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