Prison Officers

Our expertly created course prepares candidates for the aptitude tests and interviews used in the selection stages of Prison Officer recruitment campaigns by the Irish Prison Service. Start preparing today!

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Prison Officer Recruitment Campaign

Latest Prison Officer Campaign


 The Irish Prison Service launched a 2022 Prison Officer Recruitment Campaign. Applications and details were found on the Public Appointments Service website

Deadline for applications was 3:00pm Thursday 4th August 2022


Next Prison Officer Campaign

Whilst we do not know exactly when the next prison officer competition will be launched, another competition is expected to launch at some stage in 2023. We also offer a Free Job Alert service which you can sign up to in order to stay informed of the next campaign.

Start preparing for the success in the Prison Officer recruitment competition with our renowned Online Preparation Course today! 



Preparing for the Prison Officer Assessment Tests

Career Services provide a comprehensive online preparation course for the assessment tests and interviews used in the selection stages of Prison Officer recruitment campaigns by the Irish Prison Service. Prison Officer Recruitment competitions are national competitions that recruit suitable candidates to the role of Recruit Prison Officers in the Irish Prison Service.

As part of this recruitment, candidates face into a selection process which involves various assessments. Our courses prepare candidates for these assessments and have helped 100's of candidates gain entry into the prison service over the years. Give yourself the best chance at succeeding in these competitive recruitment competitions with our renowned courses. Please note: We are not affiliated with the Irish Prison Service or the Public Appointments Service (the official recruiter) and our courses are optional. 

2022 Recruit Prison Officer Campaign

The Public Appointments Service is the centralised recruiter for the Irish Prison Service and applications can only be made by interested candidates through their website on 

Our preparation course is based on the types of aptitude tests that are used in these competitions. 

What is a Recruit Prison Officer?

Based off the 2022 PAS (Public Appointments Service Information Booklet)

The Recruit Prison Officer (RPO) is the entry level to the Service. When a recruitment campaign is launched the Prison Service set up a panel from which vacancies arising in the Irish Prison Service may be filled. Vacancies are usually filled at Recruit Prison Officer level initially. Following the successful completion of 3 years’ service including probation and a Higher Certificate in Custodial Care, the Recruit Prison Officer will be appointed as an Established Prison Officer.

Prisons operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, Prison Officers will be required to work a basic 2,035 hours per year based on an average roster of 39 hours a week, and will be required to work shifts including night duties, every second weekend, some public holidays and over festive seasons. Recruit Prison Officers will also be required to work Additional Hours (AH) over and above basic rostered hours up to 360 hours per annum.

Working as a Recruit Prison Officer can be complex and difficult, but it can be varied, challenging and highly rewarding. They are  looking for individuals who have the capacity to relate to and engage with prisoners, act with professionalism, tolerance and humanity and the ability to role model positive social behaviour. They must also have the ability to think on their feet in dealing with situations which require security and control. 

Entry Requirements Recruitment Process

Prison Officer Assessments & Interview

We run renowned preparation courses for the assessment tests and competency-based interview that candidates will face as part of the selection process. These recruitment competitions can attract thousands of applications and those that succeed are those that are prepared and perform well in the selection stages. Get a full tuition on the Recruit Prison Officer assessments and prepare with us for your interview. We have a proven track record with over 30 years of assessment industry experience.

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