Applying to PQiP

Applications have now closed for our trainee probation officer programme (PQiP), and will re-open in last summer. To be the first to know when you can next apply, please register your interest below.

Re-watch our webinar

We held a webinar on 30 March ‘Becoming a probation officer – live Q&A’, where probation officers spoke about their experiences of the application process, PQiP training and their experiences in the role. You can re-watch this event below:

We are aware that there are websites in operation offering assistance to candidates with PQiP assessments – please note that these are not official websites, nor are they endorsed by the Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to apply to the PQiP prgramme, you must hold a valid level 5 qualification:

  • a Diploma of higher education (DipHE)
  • a foundation degree
  • a level 5 award
  • a level 5 certificate
  • a level 5 diploma
  • a level 5 NVQ
  • or an equivalent qualification.

The application process

The application process can take six to seven months. So this means if you apply in April, you can expect to start in November. However, if we are unable to offer a suitable location for the November intake, you will remain on the merit list and your application will be carried forward to next intake. Candidates are able to remain on the merit for 12 months – in line with HMPPS recruitment policy.

Working for the Civil Service

We abide by the Civil Service Code’s standards of behaviour.

Our recruitment processes are driven by the principle of a fair and open competition leading to appointments based on merit (as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles).

If you have any questions about the Civil Service Commission or our Recruitment Principles, we recommend contacting the Civil Service Commission directly.

If you feel we haven’t upheld those principles throughout your application and want to make a complaint, first contact the Ministry of Justice. If their response is unsatisfactory, contact the Civil Service Commission

Contact Us


Telephone: 0345 241 5358