How to become a prison officer
You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or by applying directly.
You could do a Custody and Detention Officer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, in English and maths
You could apply directly to be a prison officer. You do not need qualifications as personal qualities are more important in this role.
You'll need to take an online test to check your judgement and number skills.
If you pass, you'll attend an assessment day where you'll be tested on your:
- number, reading and writing skills
- health, hearing and eyesight
You'll also have an interview and take part in role plays to see if you have the right personal qualities to be a prison officer.
You can find out more about how to become a prison officer from HM Prison and Probation Service.