Correctional Services Learnership 2024/2025 Online Application Form

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Correctional Services Learnership

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) seeks qualified youth from diverse communities for the FET Certificate in Correction Services Learnership (NQF Level 4). The program trains learners in rehabilitation and human development for secure, safe, and humane detention or community supervision, with English as the medium of instruction. Note that completing the learnership does not guarantee permanent employment with DCS.

Correctional Services Learnership Requirements

Basic Enlistment Requirements:

  • South African citizenship
  • Possession of Grade 12 or National Senior Certificate
  • Completion of National Certificate in Vocational Studies (NQF Level 4)
  • Completion of a further Education and Training Certificate (NQF Level 4)

Encouraged Qualifications:

  • Corrections/Penology/Criminology
  • Agriculture (including Agriculture Economists, Agriculture Engineering, Agriculture Management, Animal Health Technicians, Animal Production, and Plant 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/Tailors/Seamsters, Footwear Design, and Shoe Making)

Additional Requirements:

  • Age between 21 and 35 years old
  • Strong character
  • Physically fit and mentally resilient
  • Willing to disclose information for application processing
  • Personnel suitability checks (background, citizenship, qualifications, criminal record)
  • Law-abiding and without a criminal record
  • Willing to undergo selection processes by DCS

FET Certificate in Corrections Services Learnership NQF 4:

  • Outcome-based and addresses skills shortage in DCS and South Africa
  • A legally binding agreement between the employer, learner, and service provider
  • A one-year program consisting of:
    • 30% theoretical/instructional learning
    • 70% workplace learning
  • Theoretical learning includes firearm and physical/self-defense training at designated DCS colleges
  • Free accommodation, meals, training materials, and uniforms provided during the theoretical training
  • The learner must be accommodated full-time at the training college during the theoretical training
  • Workplace learning at Correctional Centres and Social Reintegration/Community Correction Offices
  • Learners responsible for their own accommodation, meals, and transport during workplace learning
  • Stipend provided during workplace learning
  • No pension fund, housing allowance, housing subsidy, danger allowance, medical aid, or overtime provided
  • Competency achieved after successful completion of theoretical and workplace learning, final submission of Portfolio of Evidence, and external verification by SASSETA
  • Contraventions or deviations during the 12-month period will be dealt with by DCS in accordance with the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998
  • Successful completion results in FET Certificate in Correctional Services (NQF Level 4)

Correctional Services Learnership Stipend

The Department of Correctional Services Learnership offers a stipend of R3738.25 per month.

Correctional Services Learnership Online Application

The application forms for the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) learnership can be obtained through the official website,, under the “Forms” section. The Regional Offices of the DCS are located in Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West, and Western Cape. The physical address and contact details of each regional office can be found on the list below. In addition to downloading the forms from the website, applicants may also hand in their completed forms at the designated addresses for each region. The recruitment section for each region can be reached through the specified postal address.

  • Eastern Cape Region:
    • Recruitment Section, P/Bag X9013, East London
    • Moore Street, Block E Ocean Terrance, Quigney, East London, 5211
  • Free State and Northern Cape Region:
    • Recruitment Section, P/Bag X20530, Bloemfontein, 9300
    • 103 Zastron Street, Agrimed Building, Bloemfontein, 9300
  • Gauteng Region:
    • Recruitment Section, P/Bag X393, Pretoria, 0001
    • 04 Ketjen Street, Pretoria West (Kgoši Mampuru II, Training Centre)
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal Region:
    • Recruitment Section, P/Bag X9126, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
    • Correctional Services, Eugene Marais Road, Napierville, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
  • Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West Region:
    • Recruitment Section, P/Bag X142, Pretoria, 0001
    • Cnr Johannes Ramokhoase (Proes) & Paul Kruger Street, 196 Masada Building, 9th Floor, Pretoria
  • Western Cape Region:
    • Recruitment Section, P/Bag X14, Goodwood, 7459
    • Westel Drive, Monte Vista, 7460

    IMPORTANT! The Correctional Services Learnership 2024 is not yet out online, DISREGARD any form of advert you come across. This page will be updated immediately after the form is out. You can also keep visiting this page to stay updated on the latest information about the Correctional Services Learnerships

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