If you don't have a degree – relevant or otherwise – and you don’t have relevant experience either: don’t worry.
You can still apply to become a Probation Services Officer (PSO), and take on similar work to a fully-qualified Probation Officer. The main difference is, you won’t work with the highest risk offenders or on the most complex cases.
If you have no experience or studies in the area, you’ll combine your work with a comprehensive induction programme that includes the Gateway to Practice training course and a Level 3 Vocational Qualification in Probation Practice.
If you have some relevant experience and a Level 3 vocational qualification, you can choose to take a short Level 4 study programme, otherwise known as an Access Route.
If you’re successful, you’ll then join a bespoke Level 5 distance learning course with one of our partner higher education providers. This usually takes a year, after which you can apply for the PQiP training programme.
You can get the costs and precise time-scales for the Levels 4 and 5 distance-learning courses from our higher education partners below.
De Montfort University
Telephone: 0116 207 8443
Sheffield Hallam University
Telephone: 0114 225 2539
University of Portsmouth
Telephone: 0239 2846 973
The Level 4 study programme will likely take three months. The full Level 5 qualification usually takes a year. Your employer may sponsor some or all of these studies – they will definitely support you if you go on to study the PQiP programme.
Click here to learn more about qualification levels.