Prison Officer Entry Requirements

Prison Officer Entry Criteria (2018 Campaign)

As outlined in the Public Appointments Service Information Booklet are as follows:

Essential Requirements:

In order to be eligible for selection as a Recruit Prison Officer, an applicant or before 22nd February 2018.

Determining eligibility requirements. You should note that candidates’ qualifications / eligibility may not be confirmed by PAS until the latter stages of the selection process, therefore, those candidates who do not possess the essential requirements on the closing date for the competition and who proceed with their application are putting themselves to unnecessary expense and will not be offered a position from this campaign. Candidates who are unable to show that they hold the essential requirements, including the qualifications, may be withdrawn from the campaign at any stage. An invitation to test, interview or any element of the selection process is not acceptance of eligibility by the Public Appointments Service and/or the Irish Prison Service.

Other eligibility criteria can be found in the Recruit Prison Officer 2018 Information Booklet on 

What is a Recruit Prison Officer?

Based off the 2018 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. 

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.

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