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 people on probation. We also offer flexible working options, including remote working, to help with your work-life balance. You will be allocated some study time towards the required learning components. However, please note that further study will need to be undertaken in your own time – and the amount of hours varies depending on individual learning styles. The PQiP programme takes 15 months if you have a level 5 (or equivalent) and have 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. 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 people on probation in our care. And you’ll be able to apply for qualified probation officer positions. Please note, the recruitment process takes around 8-9 months. If it is not possible to place you into a suitable vacancy location due to insufficient vacancies, you will remain on the merit list and your application will be deferred to the next intake. Candidates are able to remain on the merit list for up to 12 months.