This link will tell you all you need to know about accessing Probation Officer training. It details the requirements of the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) which integrates the Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice with an undergraduate degree
LAURUS Development Awards is an Assessment Centre approved by the Awarding Organisation Skills for Justice Awards to offer the following probation qualifications:
Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice -> All level 3 staff within the justice sector
Level 4 Certificate in Community Rehabilitation -> Responsible Officers in the community working in a PSO role
Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice -> All those accepted onto the PQiP
Many people start their career as a Probation Services Officer (PSO)
As a probation services officer (PSO), you will undertake the full range of work with offenders before and after sentence, and in the community.
You will assess and manage the risk posed by offenders to protect victims of crime and the general public.
Day-to-day, you’ll manage caseloads. You will draw on the training we provide to assess and manage risks to keep communities safe. You’ll provide information to courts and work closely with partner agencies throughout the justice system carrying out risk assessments and collaborating with them to protect the public. Most importantly, you’ll do everything you can to support offenders to lead crime-free lives. That might mean providing practical advice about housing and employment, or something as simple as listening and understanding.
LAURUS has been delivering the Level 4 Certificate in Community Rehabilitation since 2015, having been involved in its development as a qualification for PSOs in CRCs. This qualification links into the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP), accepted by universities as demonstration of ability at Level 4. Entrants can then apply for the PQIP.
This qualification is available to those who are employed in a PSO capacity
The Level 4 Certificate in Community Rehabilitation recognises not only the competent professional performance of staff but also employer commitment to learning and qualification. It supports the practical application of knowledge thereby integrating what you need to know with what you need to do.
Higher Education Institutions delivering the degree component of the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) have welcomed the content and learning outcomes of this vocational qualification and accept a direct correlation with their own academic programmes at Level 4.
This is significant in terms of career progression for individuals who may not be able to evidence attainment in higher education. It widens access to those who have worked hard to develop their career and who are well-placed to demonstrate the value of experience.
Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice (VQ3)
This is an alternative to the Level 4 Certificate in Community Rehabilitation and they are consider as equivalent qualifications although there is no direct access to Level 5 work from the VQ3
The VQ3 is also suitable for PSOs. For those staff who don’t fulfil the range of duties of a PSO in the community, this can offer accreditation of part of the qualification, offering the opportunity complete the full qualification if their role changes and their career experience builds.