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Probation as a Career

Probation staff supervise offenders in order to make our communities safer by reducing reoffending and rehabilitating offenders. There are two main types of staff who manage offenders: probation officers and probation service officers.

If you are interested in becoming a probation officer, the experience and qualifications you will be required to have are:

  • a community justice honours degree (or graduate diploma for those with a relevant degree) combined with a level 5 vocational diploma in probation practice
  • either voluntary or paid experience of working with vulnerable people.

If you are interested in becoming a probation services officer, relevant voluntary experience is essential. One way to get voluntary experience is via schemes run by the CGM CRC, for more information click.

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is currently reviewing qualifications for probation officers and probation services officers and the company is engaged with NOMS in this next generation of training.