How to Become a Probation Officer

Steps to Become a Probation Officer – Tips On Your Interview

If you want to be a probation officer for your state or county, then there are some steps that you’ll need to complete first. Some parts of the process that cannot be overlooked are the entry level exam, polygraph test, and the oral board interview. All three can be difficult, especially the panel interview and the polygraph test (I’ll explain why later).

First, in order to apply for a position as a probation officer, you must have a 4-year college degree. Almost all states and counties require a college degree.

Here are some of the steps that are mandatory to become a probation officer:

1. You must have at least a 4-year college degree at an accredited university.

2. You must pass a background check that is free of any felony convictions.

3. You must pass a drug screen test.

4. You must pass the polygraph test. I recommend reading the popular ebook, Pass Your Polygraph E-Book.  A.J. shares why 50% of first time test takers fail the polygraph test even if they are telling the truth. I encourage you to look over this  e-book before sitting down for your polygraph test. You can thank me later.

5. You must go through an Oral Board Interview. With this, I recommend looking over Robert Lawrence’s Handbook, Killer Interview Secrets (seen at the top right corner), before sitting for your interview. It’s a very good interview preparation book. You can download and read it in the comfort of your own home by clicking here.

Below is a great video that explains the entire process on how to become a probation officer – ENJOY!

2 Important resources to look over if you are serious about becoming a probation officer.

  1. Review the following polygraph prep book: Pass Your Polygraph.
  2. Robert Lawrence’s, Killer Job Interview Secrets.