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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

In general, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are required to complete a state or federal government-sponsored training program, after which a certification test must be passed. The American Probation and Parole Association offers an accredited program; however it is a program offered to agencies for their employees, not a program that a lone person can take. Upon completion of the program and certification testing, they work as trainees for up to one year before receiving a permanent position.

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