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Prison Officer Training Course

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2 hours · Self-paced
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In the UK, the need for trained prison officers is evident as the prison population continues to grow. With over 80,000 inmates incarcerated in England and Wales, it's crucial to have well-prepared professionals to maintain safety and rehabilitation.

Prison Officer Training is a comprehensive program designed to prepare individuals for a critical and challenging role within the criminal justice system. In the United Kingdom, prison officers play a vital role in maintaining order, security, and rehabilitation within correctional facilities.

This course equips aspiring prison officers with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in their duties, ensuring the safety of inmates, staff, and the public.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the Role of a Prison Officer: Comprehend the responsibilities and expectations associated with the role of a prison officer.
  • Navigate the Recruitment Process: Gain insights into the qualifications and recruitment process, preparing for a career in corrections.
  • Complete Comprehensive Training: Successfully complete the prison officer training program, covering essential topics.
  • Prioritise Health and Safety: Implement health and safety protocols within a correctional facility to protect all stakeholders.
  • Manage Challenging Behaviours: Develop skills to effectively manage and de-escalate challenging behaviours exhibited by inmates.


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Here is the curriculum breakdown of this Prison Officer course:

  • Module 01: Introduction to the Role of a Prison Officer: Provides an overview of the prison officer's responsibilities and the importance of their role in the criminal justice system.

  • Module 02: Qualifications and Recruitment Process: Guides students through the qualifications required and the recruitment process to become a prison officer.

  • Module 03: Prison Officer Training Program: Details the comprehensive training program that covers various aspects of the job, including security, safety, and interpersonal skills.

  • Module 04: Health and Safety in a Correctional Facility: Focuses on maintaining a secure and safe environment for both staff and inmates, emphasising health and safety protocols.

  • Module 05: Security and Control Measures: Explores security and control measures necessary to maintain order and prevent escapes in correctional facilities.

  • Module 06: Managing Challenging Behaviours: Equips students with strategies and techniques to manage and de-escalate challenging behaviours exhibited by inmates.

  • Module 07: Legal Framework and Prisoner Rights: Provides an understanding of the legal framework governing the treatment of prisoners and their rights.

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Once you complete the Prison Officer course, you will be eligible to download a digital certificate from Reed for free.

Who is this course for?

  • Aspiring individuals seeking a career in corrections and law enforcement.
  • Those passionate about maintaining security and order within correctional facilities.
  • Individuals committed to promoting rehabilitation and ensuring the well-being of incarcerated individuals.
  • Anyone looking to acquire the necessary skills and training for a rewarding career in prison services.


There are no specific requirements for enrolment in the Prison Officer course, making it accessible to all individuals.

Career path

Upon successful completion of this course, candidates may choose to pursue a variety of careers including:

  • Prison Officer: £22,000 - £40,000 per year
  • Senior Prison Officer: £28,000 - £50,000 per year
  • Prison Manager: £35,000 - £60,000 per year
  • Prison Rehabilitation Officer: £25,000 - £45,000 per year

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