Applications and allocation of places on the degree course in prison and probation services in 2019

Applications for the degree course in prison and probation services are submitted online at rskk.fi. In 2019, applications are accepted between 2 January and 27 January 2019. Only applications received by the deadline are entertained. After the deadline for applications, a certain number of applicants are invited for an entrance examination on the basis of their previous education and work experience.

Applicants need to provide exact information about their previous qualifications and employment in their application form. This information needs to be checked from certificates in order to ensure that the information is correct and accurate. Applications that are filled in incorrectly are not entertained. Successful applicants are asked to present their certificates of employment and education.

PLEASE NOTE: Invitations and acceptance letters are sent by e-mail only.

Admission criteria

To be admitted on the degree course in prison and probation services, applicants need to

1) have turned 18 by the deadline for applications;

2) have completed at least a secondary-level vocational qualification (vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification), the general upper secondary school syllabus or the matriculation examination (Act No 672/2005) or studies amounting to a corresponding previous qualification or corresponding studies abroad;

3) be fit to work in a prison in terms of health and other personal circumstances;

4) have at least a category B driving licence; and

5) have passed the entrance examination

(Act on the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services, Section 9).

Suitability for the profession

Successful applicants are expected to lead a lifestyle fitting for an employee of the Criminal Sanctions Agency and be able to commit themselves to adhering to the values and principles of prison and probation services in their work. The most important of these is respect for human dignity. A background check may be carried out (Chapter 2 of the Act on Background Checks, No 177/2002), and applicants may be asked to provide a letter from their employer as well as a medical certificate. Applicants may be rejected if they are found to have committed an offence or provided misleading or false information in their application form.

Stages and timetable for admissions

The entrance examination consists of two stages:

Stage 1: Fitness test and psychological tests as well as a group exercise
Stage 2: Personal interview and an "open-book test"

A basic background check is also carried out on all successful applicants.

The maximum number of points available from the entrance examination is 108. Points are awarded for the different components as follows: up to eight points for the fitness test, up to 30 points for the psychological tests and the group interview and up to 40 points for the personal interview and the "open-book test" 30 points.

Timetable for admissions in 2019:

Application period
2 January – 27 January 2019. The application form can be found on the website of the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services at www.rskk.fi.

Psychological tests, group exercise and fitness test
25 - 28 February in Tikkurila, Vantaa. The tests take approximately eight hours.

Personal interviews
Week 15 Kuopio, Tampere, Vantaa

Each interview takes approximately 30 minutes (8.30 -11 am), "the open -book test" (13-16 pm)
2 hours and applicants should reserve approximately 5 hour in total.

Decision on successful applicants
Week 18/19

Admission process

Scoring of applications

Applicants who have at least one year (12 months) of experience working in prison and probation services are invited to the first stage of the entrance examination automatically. However, other work experience and education information must also be provided in the application form.

Applicants with less than one year or with no experience of working in prison and probation services in Finland are ranked according to points awarded for previous education and work experience as follows:

Qualification(s) in excess of the eligibility criteria for applicants (secondary-level or university degree) – 2 points

Points for work experience are awarded on the basis of the length of employment:

12 months – 1 point
18 months – 2 points
24 months – 3 points
30 months – 4 points
36 months – 5 points

Applicants need to take care to calculate the length of their work experience accurately. Work experience must be entered as full months in the application form. Part-time work can be converted to correspond to full-time work as follows: 150 hours or 20 full working days (at least 7 hours/day) correspond to one month. Certificates of employment must indicate the number of hours.

Points scored at the application stage do not affect the final score.

Psychological tests, group exercise and fitness test

The first stage of the entrance examination consists of psychological tests, a group exercise and a fitness test. Approximately 180 of the best applicants are invited to this stage.

The maximum score for the psychological tests and the group exercise is 30 points, and the maximum score for the fitness test is eight points. The fitness test consists of six (6) different components, and applicants must pass each component.

There is no fee for taking the tests. The entrance examination can only be taken at the designated time and in the designated location, and applicants cannot postpone their entrance examination until the next application period, for example. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants take the fitness test at their own risk.

The psychological tests, the group exercise and the fitness test take place at the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services in Vantaa between 25-28 February 2019. The tests are run over one day and they take approximately eight hours.

Personal interviews and "open-book test"

Approximately 70 of the best applicants from the first-stage tests and exercises are invited to a personal interview.

The maximum score available from the interview is 40 points and from "open-book test" 30 points.

The interviews are conducted in Vantaa, Tampere and Kuopio in week 15. Applicants must indicate their preferred location for the interview in their application form. The invitations and timetables are sent to applicants by e-mail during week 12. Applicants should reserve approximately 5 hour for the interview in total.

Selection of students

Decisions on the successful applicants and the waiting list are made on the basis of the ranking indicated by the total points scored in the entrance examination. If two or more applicants have the same number of points, their rankings will be determined in accordance with the points awarded for the various components of the entrance examination in the following order:

1. Personal interview
2. psychological tests and group exercise
3. "open-book test"
4. fitness test.

Successful candidates receive their offers during week 18/19. All offers are conditional, as both the successful candidates and everyone on the waiting list must also pass a basic background check.

Applicants may be rejected if they are found to have committed an offence or provided misleading or false information in their application form.

Applicants who pass the background check receive confirmation of their place on the course during May.

Social status of students

Students are entitled to the following financial benefits during their classroom-based courses:

• Student grant

Students can apply for a student grant either from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland or their TE Office (for more information, see kela.fi and TE-palvelut.fi).

• Housing allowance and travel subsidies

The Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services provides free accommodation for students who need it. Priority is given to students whose permanent residence is located more than 80 kilometres from the institute. Alternatively, students travelling to the institute from out of town can apply for travel subsidies towards expenses incurred from daily travel between their home and the institute from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (for more information, contact the Social Insurance Institution of Finland).

• Meals

The institute provides students with one free meal per day during their classroom-based courses.

• Salaried on-the-job training placements

Each student has three on-the-job training placements. The last two placements are salaried, and the students sign an employment contract with the Criminal Sanctions Agency.

For more detailed information about studying and student benefits, please see our student handbook. This information is subject to change without notice.

Further information:
Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services (RSKK)
PO Box 41 / Vernissakatu 2 A, FI-01301 Vantaa
tel. +358 29 566 5068 / +358 50 374 0391

 
Published 30.11.2018