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Our expertly created online course prepares candidates for success in the selection stages of Prison Officer recruitment campaigns with the Irish Prison Service. Includes expert preparation for the aptitude tests, interviews and more. Start preparing today!

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2023 Prison Officer Recruitment Campaign


The Prison Service have launched a 2023 Recruit Prison Officer Competition. The deadline for applications is 3:00pm Thursday 28th September 2023. Applications are being taken on the public appointments service website here.

Eligibility criteria and an overview of the selection process and the position can be found in the official Candidate Information Booklet.

Prepare for success in the 2023 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 course covers all these stages. Start preparing for the success in the Prison Officer recruitment competition with our renowned Online Preparation Course today!

Preparing for the Prison Officer Assessments

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.

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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 30 years of assessment industry experience.

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Prison Officer Preparation Course

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