Department Of Correctional Services Training Opportunity

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) invites qualified youths from various communities to enter into the Further Education and Training (FET) Certificate training in Corrections Services Learnership (NQF Level 4).

The training is in the areas of rehabilitation of offenders through correction and human development in a secure, safe and humane detention or under the community based correctional supervision. The medium of instruction is English.



Those who can apply are South Africans who

  • are in possession of the Grade 12 or National Senior Certificate;
  • have successfully completed the National Certificate in Vocational Studies (NQF Level 4);
  • have successfully completed a further Education and Training Certificate (NQF Level 4).

Candidates with an additional qualification(s) i.e. certificate / diploma / degree / trade certificate in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • Corrections / Penology / Criminology,
  • Agriculture (including Agriculture Economists, Agriculture Engineering, Agriculture Management, Animal Health Technicians, Animal Production, Plant 8 Production),
  • Artisans (all fields, especially Baker/Pastry Maker, Boiler Maker, Bricklayer, Cabinet maker, Construction Carpenter, Electrician, Fitter and Turner, Furniture Machinist/Polisher, Gunsmith, Locksmith, Millwright, Painter, Patternmaker, Plumber, Sheet Metal, Spray Painting, Tool and Die Maker, Upholstery, Welder, Wood Machinist),
  • Construction Health and Safety Technicians, Food Processing (General Abattoir Processes, Meat Inspector / Examination, Processed and Preserved Meat, Fish, Fruit and Vegetables),
  • Graphic Designers,
  • Two-way Radio Communication Technicians,
  • Textile Designing (Garment Makers/Tailor/Seamster, Footwear Design and Shoe Making).

Additional qualification(s) shall not be recognized for the stipend paid or for future remuneration purposes.

As part of the selection process, applicants may take a physical fitness test and medical examination (including a drug test.

Additional Requirements

Furthermore, applicants must be South Africans who:

  • Are between 21 and 35 years old;
  • Have strong character;
  • Are physically fit and mentally resilient;
  • Are willing to disclose the information required to process their applications;
  • Are prepared to undergo personnel suitability checks related to their background, citizenship, qualifications and criminal record;
  • Are lawabiding citizens and are without criminal records (particulars of pending / decided criminal cases related to the applicant must be provided in the application form);
  • and Are prepared to subject themselves to selection processes conducted by the DCS.


The learnership is outcome-based and is intended to contribute towards addressing the skills shortage in the Department and in South Africa.

The Corrections Services Learnership Programme shall be presented for a period of one year consisting of: ± 30% theoretical or instructional learning and ± 70% workplace learning.

Start with these steps to apply – 

  1. Download application form from the official website: under “Forms” menu item or simply click here to download form
  2. Complete the form from section A to F in black ink and in your own handwriting, Incomplete forms shall not be accepted.
  3. Attach copies of your identity document, proof of qualifications and residential address.
  4. Applications that do not comply to the requirements contained in this form shall not be considered.


The Department of Correctional Services does not guarantee permanent employment on completion of the qualification.

Full DCS Learnership Information – CLICK HERE

Closing Date for applications –

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