Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services :: Becoming a Probation and Parole Officer

Correctional Services

Careers in Corrections

Becoming a Probation and Parole Officer

Probation and parole officers play an important role in helping to ensure public safety by managing offenders sentenced to serve their sentences in the community.

Because probation and parole officers play an important role in protecting public safety, the ministry strives to attract and recruit candidates of the highest calibre. Candidates wishing to be considered must:

  • hold a degree, from an institution authorized by the province to grant degrees, in one of the following disciplines: social work, psychology, sociology, and criminology; or a degree from an institution authorized by the province to grant degrees; and experience, greater than five years in total, in a social services or correctional organization, in a role(s) that involves the formal assessment of human behaviour and the application of structured interventions aimed at supporting the changing of human behaviour;
  • possess strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as counselling and assessment skills, and
  • be able to establish and maintain client and stakeholder relationships.

Once hired, new probation and parole officers must successfully complete a comprehensive basic training program that builds on the empirical research and principles of effective correctional intervention and programming. They are given ongoing training in subjects that will help them perform their duties in a professional and effective manner.

To apply for probation and parole officer opportunities,

  • submit expressions of general interest through the area manager of a local probation and parole office
  • apply for posted vacancies (see http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/), or
  • approach your local probation and parole office about volunteer opportunities in order to gain some experience in probation services.