The Department of Correctional Services ensures the safe custody of prisoners as commanded by a court of law from the date of imprisonment until such a person is released.
How much do correctional officers earn in South Africa?
A mid-career Correctional Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R165,014 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Correctional Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R201,918 based on 34 salaries.
How do you become a corrections officer in South Africa?
The officer in the Department of Correctional Services ensures the safe custody of prisoners as commanded by a court of law from the date of imprisonment until such a person is released.
A correctional officer should:
- be a South African citizen.
- be 18 – 35 years of age.
- be a minimum of 1,67 m tall for men and 1,60 m for women.
- have no mental or physical handicap.
- be medically fit.
- speak English and at least one other language.
- be emotionally mature and stable.
- be responsible and honest.
- be patient and have perseverance
- give and take orders
- make appropriate decisions quickly
- work well under stress
- have the desire to work with and help others
- be willing to work anywhere in the Republic
High School Subject Requirements To Become A Correctional Officer
How to Enter
Schooling & School Subjects
Grade 10 Certificate.
Preference is given to applicants with a Senior Certificate.
What to Study
Basic training: is offered at the Department of Correctional Services’ two training colleges at Kroonstad and Zonderwater near Cullinan. After successful completion of the course, members are transferred to the various prisons in the country according to departmental needs and personal preference.
Career development: In-service training is offered to members and they are also encouraged to improve their qualifications in accordance with the Department’s needs. In order to assist personnel in this regard, interest-free loans and study leave are available. Study bursaries are also awarded annually for part-time and full-time study in the following fields:
Part-time study: BTech and N.Dip. Correctional Services Management – UNISA.
An N.Dip. in Policing is offered at VUT, BTech and MTech at UNISA
Full-time study: BA in Correctional Services Management at UZ. Other useful qualifications at various universities: BPharm, BSc (Computer Science), BA Social Work, and Masters degree in Psychology, Diploma in Nursing, N.Dip. Agriculture and N.Dip. Food Service Management.
- different prison commands throughout South Africa.
Department of Correctional Services
124 WF Nkomo Street (Corner WF Nkomo & Sophie De Bruyn Streets)
Poyntons Building (West Block)
Tel: (012) 307-2998/9