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.