Prison Officer Aptitude Test Preparation

Stage 1 & 2 of the Prison Officer recruitment campaign involves an assessment questionnaire and online aptitude tests.

Prison Officer Aptitude Test Course

2022 Prison Officer Campaign

 The Irish Prison Service last launched a Prison Officer Recruitment Campaign in 2020. A new campaign is anticipated in 2022 however we do not know exactly when this might be launched. 

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Preparing for the Prison Officer Selection Tests

Stage 1 & 2 of the Prison Officer recruitment campaign involves aptitude tests. Stage 3 involves a competency based interview.  We have been preparing candidates for these kinds of assessments for over 30 years. Our courses are enable you to peak for the official Prison Officer assessments. Make no mistake, it is a competition and you are competing against other candidates for a place. Our courses have a proven track record of giving you the best opportunity to succeed in this competitive recruitment campaign.

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What is a Recruit Prison Officer?

Based off the 2020 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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