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Become a Probation Officer

Help reduce reoffending and cut crime

As a Probation Officer you'll manage offenders, victims and vulnerable people in the community by working with agencies such as the police force and social services. You'll work to protect the public by reducing crime, safeguarding victims and rehabilitating offenders in a community, court or prison setting.

Probation Officer training

Our training programme supports you in becoming a fully qualified Probation Officer with a Level 6 Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) or BA (Hons) Community Justice. You could also gain a Diploma of Higher Education in Community Justice (DipHE). Our training is delivered by subject specialists and many of our academic staff have worked as qualified Probation Officers in the past.

We hold contracts with the Ministry of Justice and other community rehabilitation companies to train Probation Officers in England and Wales, and are contracted to deliver all aspects of the Community Justice Learning framework in the following Probation Divisions:

  • London Probation Division
  • South East and Eastern Probation Division
  • South West and South Central Probation Division
  • Wales National Probation Service

If you work for a community rehabilitation company and are interested in collaborating with us, please send an email to cjl@port.ac.uk

Level 6 Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) / BA (Hons) Community Justice

The Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) is a full time, 21-month or 15-month work-based training course equivalent to a Higher Education level 6 qualification.

You’ll develop practical and academic learning skills to work as a Probation Services Officer (PSO) while you study and become a Probation Officer when you qualify.

As a PSO, you'll complete various tasks including compiling in-depth reports for court, undertaking risk assessments and supervising offenders on a one-to-one basis. You will have a series of placements such as working in court and custodial placements.

You'll also complete 9 months of academic study. This will be via distance learning and include online seminars, masterclasses delivered in your Probation Division, and regular contact with your tutor. You'll study topics including Core Processes of Change, Critical Issues in Risk Assessment and Public Protection, and you'll complete a work-based learning project. You'll also attend masterclasses in subjects such as Diversity and Equality.

To qualify for PQiP, you'll need:

  • experience working in a relevant area
  • a recognised qualification at Level 5 or above (including a Diploma of Higher Education, Foundation, Honours Degree, Higher Apprenticeship)
  • evidence of having passed 3 of the 4 required Knowledge Modules (all required knowledge modules are included in our DipHE)

To apply for Level 6 PQiP, contact your National Probation Service Divisional Training Manager or Community Rehabilitation Company. You'll be assessed and assigned to either the 15-month or 21-month training programme depending on your previous academic study.

Required Knowledge Modules

If you want to achieve the Level 6 Professional Qualification in Probation, but you don't have evidence of passing three of the four required Knowledge Modules, you can study those modules with us.

Our short courses in Criminal Justice include the four required modules: The Criminal Justice System, Penal Policy and the Punishment of Offenders, Crime and Criminal Behaviour, and Rehabilitation of Offenders.

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