Correctional Service Application Forms

By | August 19, 2021

Every year, the South African Department of Correctional Services (DCS) offers people from different communities the opportunity to learn repairs. This training is part of the government’s national skills development strategy to build skills and alleviate poverty and unemployment.

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DCS education is open to those who have the necessary qualifications to study for further education and training (FET) certification in remedial services (NQF Level 4).

The training consists of theoretical as well as practical training on the contribution to the rehabilitation of prisoners. As a trainee, you will learn how to do this through inhuman correction and human development, safe detention, or supervised social correction.

This training in correctional services gives you the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge, acceptable workplace behavior and attitudes needed by correctional services. Learners earn a scholarship of R3 500-00 per month during the duration of their studies.

Learnership requirements for correctional services

Admission to this training is subject to the following requirements:

Compulsory requirements

You must be a South African citizen
You must have a standard 10/12 class certificate; or
Must have an NQF Advanced Education and Training Certificate (Level 4); or

Other requirements

You must be between 21 and 35 years old
Applicants should not have a criminal record (if prosecuted, you must provide full information when applying).
You must have a strong character
Preference will be given to applicants who have additional qualifications, such as a certificate in trade or occupation, a diploma or degree in security / repair. Such additional qualifications are not taken into account when paying the scholarship paid to students during their studies or their future salary.

FET Certificate for Correctional Services in DCS

It is results-based learning and is based on a legally binding agreement between the learner, the employer and the service provider.

The training program is for one year (12 months) and consists of:


About 30% of the training will consist of theory. These trainings will take place at an accredited DCS College to be designated by the Department.

* Theoretical training will include intensive firearm training, self-defense and physical fitness.
* These courses are compulsory, which means you will stay in college full time.
* Successful applicants receive free accommodation, meals, uniforms (outerwear and tracksuit) and all training materials during training.

On-the-job training

The remaining 70% of the training will be practical training in practice at correctional and social reintegration centers / units.

* This part of the training will include responsibilities related to the rehabilitation and safety of offenders.
* During this training phase, students still receive a monthly scholarship, but are responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transport.
* The correctional services unit does not pay home allowance, housing subsidy, pension fund, medical care, emergency allowance or overtime during training.

Once the learner successfully completes both the theoretical (training and practical) phases, submits the final Evidence Portfolio (POE) and successfully passes the SASSETA External Examination, an FET Certificate in Correctional Services NQF 4 is issued.

The training contract is a legally binding contract and any breach or violation of the terms of the contract will be dealt with in accordance with sections 17 and 18 of the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998.

Correctional Services Application Process

How do I apply for DCS?

To apply for FET certification in correctional education, you must complete the application form with your handwriting.

* The DCS application form can be obtained from any repair services office or downloaded from the Department of Repair Services website.
* The E-DCS website has a Form tab on
* After visiting the site, look at and click the “Forms” link at the top or bottom. Then click on the “Form / Training Application Form” link.
* Click on the “Training Application Form” link and the form will be automatically downloaded to your computer
* If you are applying for training, you must identify the applicant identified for training (eg DCS Repair Service Training: Gauteng Region: Leeuwkop (Ref GP02)).
* Make sure you sign the application form yourself
* Attach certified copies of certificates and ID (this must be certified within the last 3 months; you can do so at any police station)

Please note:

* Late or unsigned application forms will not be accepted
* Copied forms will not be accepted
* Fax or email forms are not accepted

Remember that during your practical training you will be responsible for your own accommodation, transport and food costs. Therefore, it is recommended that you apply for training in the area or area closest to your living area.

Completed application forms for correctional services, with all necessary supporting documents, can be sent by mail (at the post office) or delivered to the regional commissioner at the management office closest to your place of residence. You can find the address and contact information of your nearest management office.

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Information on correctional learnership services

Applications for this learnership will open later in the year, usually around November or December. You can continue to check if the training is open to applications by checking the vacancy page on the DCS website.

Read the links on this page and look for the link “Training announcement with end date…. “And click on the link to see if it is the right learning skill (this ad usually also contains all the addresses to which you can send or post your application).

Sample application form for correctional service South Africa