Certificate in Career Preparation (Corrections)

Taumata Raukura (Corrections)

  • Level 4
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Do you want to work in prisons? Want to make a difference in the corrections system in Aotearoa?

Learn what it takes to be a great corrections or probation officer and other roles in the Department of Corrections. Our experienced kaiako will prepare you for the demands of the job and the application process. Learn in a supportive and culturally-rich environment how to be a positive support for offenders serving sentences in prison and in the community.


You'll learn about:

  • working in prisons
  • working with offenders
  • applying the Treaty of Waitangi when working with offenders
  • communication skills
  • recruitment requirements of the Department of Corrections
  • first aid

You'll know how to:

  • apply Māori principles for good relationships and outcomes
  • communicate well with people from different backgrounds
  • be safe at work
  • apply and interview for a job in corrections

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying​​

You can take this further by enrolling on one of our social work programmes, or by moving into a Certificate of Offender Management.​

I want to use my qualification

You’ll be prepared to take on a role with the Department of Corrections.​


How you'll study:

  • in class 2 evenings per week
  • attend at least 1 noho wānanga (overnight stay)

Entry criteria:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be proficient in English and Maths
  • meet the NZ Police vetting standards
  • have a full driver's licence

All applicants will need to attend a compulsory interview which will include:

  • a Police clearance check
  • psychometric testing
  • a fitness test

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