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The London Community Rehabilitation Company works with offenders to help them lead responsible and law abiding lives.
Our over-riding aim is to reduce reoffending and protect the public.
Becoming a Probation Officer

PQF StudentWhat qualification do I need?


You will need to achieve the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP).

The PQiP is equivalent to a Higher Education, level 6 qualification and is a 15 month work-based qualification which focuses on both skills development and applied academic learning.


During your 15 month training, you will be employed and paid as a Probation Services Officer (PSO) and will be expected to undertake routine PSO tasks while you complete the qualification.


You will also be allocated time to complete a skills-based vocational qualification (VQ) and to undertake applied academic study with an approved University provider.


All fees for the VQ and the academic study will be paid by your employer, and successful completion of both components will lead to the award of a level 6 higher education qualification (equivalent to an Honours degree) as well as the PQiP.


How can I access the PQiP?

Access to the qualification is subject to recruitment and selection and you will need:

  • Experience of working with people exhibiting challenging behaviour.
  • A recognised qualification at Level 5 or above (Diploma of higher education, Foundation, honours degree, higher apprenticeship)
  • Required knowledge modules in four areas, which may already have been achieved as part of a previous qualification.


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