How do you become a parole officer?


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To become a parole officer, an individual needs to earn a bachelor's degree, complete a training program, potentially pass a certification test and possibly work as a trainee. A probation officer who chooses to advance in his career is required to have the necessary performance and work experience.

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  1. Earn a bachelor's degree

    An individual needs to earn a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences, social work, criminal justice or a closely related field to qualify for a position as a probation officer. Depending on the employer, the applicant may need a master's degree.

  2. Complete a training program

    State governments sponsor training programs for future probation officers to complete. Once training is finished, the individual may have to successfully pass a certification test or work as much as a year as a trainee.

  3. Receive specific casework training

    A probation officer who chooses to specialize in a specific type of casework, such as substance abuse or domestic violence, needs to complete special training for that type of casework.

  4. Meet employment requirements

    A majority of agencies require applicants to be at least 21 years old but no older than 37, pass a drug test, have a valid driver's license and have a clean criminal record.

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