Level 5 Certificate in probation practice

Certificate in probation practice



Course Information

The main objective of this qualification is to allow Probation Services Officers to develop the skills required for the role of Probation Officer. This qualification has been developed with National Probation Service (NPS), Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), Skills for Justice and other stakeholders in Probation Practice. The qualification is included in Community Justice Learning, which replaces the Probation Qualifications Framework. The units have been produced through working group discussions, expert correspondence, consultation and reference to the units in the current Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice. The units have been written to apply to practitioners working for NPS, as well as those working for CRCs. They are largely performance based, but also include reference to the application of knowledge and understanding in the work place. Evidence will be produced from working with offenders based in the community and/or in custody, and the units have been written to apply broadly across both these contexts. Evidence for the qualification will come from working with diverse behaviours such as domestic abuse, sex offending, extremism, violence and substance abuse; and a wide range of offenders including those with mental health and personality disorders. However, it will not be necessary to obtain evidence for working with all these groups. Performance evidence for working with victims, and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults will also need to be included for the relevant units in accordance with organisational requirements.

Minimum Required Kit List

Laptop with Microsoft word and power point

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Course Dates

1st of  every month

Course Length

The Total Qualification Time for this qualification is 460 hours, of which 98 hours are Guided

Course Cost



This qualification can be assessed by a portfolio of evidence


Level 5 Certificate in probation practice

Skill Prerequisites

  • 18 Years +
  • Level 1 English Language
*All prerequisite awards should not be expired
so please check the expiry date before applying
*All Candidates should have a reasonable level
of personal fitness


  • Demonstrate professional ethics, values and practices
  • Assess the risk, needs and responsivity of offenders
  • Manage risk of serious harm to the public
  • Create environments that are conducive to change
  • Rehabilitate, resettle and promote desistance from crime
  • Produce and present reports for formal hearings