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Our expertly created online preparation courses are tailored specifically for the Irish Prison Service’s recruitment stages. Whether it’s mastering aptitude tests or shining in competency-based interviews, our comprehensive preparation is your key to success.  Start preparing today!

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Prison Officer Recruitment

2024 Prison Officer Campaign

Prison Officer Recruitment competitions are national competitions that recruit suitable candidates to the role of Recruit Prison Officers in the Irish Prison Service.

The Irish Prison Service is set to welcome 300 new Recruit Prison Officers in 2024. Stay informed of the next competition by signing up for our FREE Job Alert ensuring  you hear when the campaign kicks off.

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Prepare for success in the 2024 Recruit Prison Officer Campaign 

Applicants will face a series of competitive stages including online aptitude tests (Verbal & Numerical), a Role Play Exercise and a Competency Based Interview. Our preparation courses cover all these stages. Start preparing for the success in the Prison Officer recruitment competition with our renowned preparation courses today!

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Why choose our preparation courses

Our preparation courses are your blueprint for success. Led by experts with over 35 years of experience, we provide you with the knowledge, strategies, and confidence to excel in the recruitment process.

  • Tailored Preparation: Our courses are meticulously crafted to cover every aspect of the Prison Officer recruitment process, including verbal and numerical aptitude tests, role-play exercises, and competency-based interviews.
  • Proven Success: With a track record of helping hundreds secure their roles in the prison service, our courses are your gateway to becoming a standout candidate.
  • Flexible Learning: Access our resources anywhere, anytime, and prepare at your own pace with our user-friendly online platform.

Don’t leave your success to chance—prepare with us and stand out in the recruitment competition.

“Deciding to go with Career Services to prepare me for each stage was the best decision I could have made, everything is laid out for you in an understandable format. I would highly recommend anyone who is applying for the Recruit Prison Officer position to give themselves a head start by using Career Services.”

Ken, Co. Westmeath

“I used your course for the Prison Service and did fantastic through the process because of it. I found Career Services extremely helpful, I can’t recommend them enough, I recommend them to everyone who wants to excel in whatever job they are pursuing. Top quality preparation.”

Francis, Co. Meath

“The course was excellent. I wouldn’t have passed the aptitude without doing it. Thanks.”

Fergal, Co. Roscommon

“Very professional tutors. Vast amount of useful knowledge. Well worth the money"

David, Co. Kildare

“Very good course. Really worth doing as we got very good information”

Gavin, Co. Dublin

“Excellent course! Would not have had a clue about the competencies without this course”

Tyrone, Co. Tipperary

“Excellent course and very informative. I have much more confidence now. I would highly recommend the course. Excellent tutors. Much appreciated”

Amanda, Co. Kildare
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What is a Recruit Prison Officer?

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.

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Online Preparation Course

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 35 years of assessment industry experience.

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Prison Officer Recruitment Preparation

Please note: We are not affiliated with the Irish Prison Service or the Public Appointments Service (the official recruiter) and our courses are optional.

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