Prison Officer Entry Requirements

Prison Officer Entry Criteria (Based off the most recent 2022 Campaign as outlined in the Public Appointments Service Information Booklet):

Essential Requirements:

In order to be eligible for selection as a Recruit Prison Officer, an applicant must on the closing date of the 4th of August 2022:

For a full list of eligibility criteria and information please refer to the official Information Booklet on the PAS website


Be at least 18 years of age i.e., must have been born on or before the 4th of August 2022;

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 and it is proposed to set up a panel from which vacancies arising in the Irish Prison Service may be filled.

Vacancies will be 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, Recruit 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. We 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.


Prison Officer Home Recruitment Process

Prison Officer Assessments & Interview

We run renowned preparation courses for the aptitude 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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