Level 3 Probation Practice

About the Qualifications

These qualifications have been developed with the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs).

SFJ Awards Level 3 Certificate in Probation Practice
(Qualification Number: 603/1231/2)

The main objective of the qualification is to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills required by those working in the probation sector.  It provides career development to staff who have some contact with service users but whose role does not cover all the competences of the Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice.  It is envisaged that this qualification will be suitable for a range of roles across the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies, for example Probation Case Administration, Community Payback or Approved Premises night wardens.

Learners must complete all three units in the Mandatory Group:

  1. Professional ethics, values and practices
  2. Safeguard individuals
  3. Working with own and other organisations

The Level 3 Certificate in Probation Practice offers a progression route to the SFJ Awards Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice and the role of Probation Services Officer.

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 170 hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 32 hours

SFJ Awards Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice
(Qualification Number: 603/1234/8)

This qualification enables Probation Services Officers to develop their knowledge and skills and demonstrate they are competent within their role.  It will usually be completed within 12 months of appointment. The Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice offers progression from, and into, other probation practice related qualifications including the SFJ Awards Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.

Learners must complete all three units in the Mandatory Group, one unit from Optional Group 1 and two units from Optional Group 2.

Mandatory Group:

  1. Professional ethics, values and practices
  2. Safeguard individuals
  3. Working with own and other organisations

Optional Group 1:

  1. Assess the risk, needs and strengths of offenders
  2. Assess the risks to, and needs of, victims

Optional Group 2:

  1. Engage and motivate offenders to promote change
  2. Manage risk of harm
  3. Produce and present formal reports
  4. Deliver rehabilitation programmes
  5. Represent the organisation at formal meetings
  6. Support victims throughout the custody and release of offenders
  7. Support offenders with resettlement into the community

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 390 hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 60 – 82 hours

Pre-entry Requirements

There are no pre-entry requirements for enrolling to complete the Level 3 Certificate in Probation Practice but learners must be working in a role which allows them to evidence the learning outcomes.

Learners must be working in the probation sector in order to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice.

If you are interested in this qualification please contact the team on 0114 284 1970 or at info@sfjawards.com.