Department of Correctional Service Learnership: FET Certificate in Corrections Services

The FET Certificate in Corrections Services Learnership in DCS

A rewarding opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, attitude and acceptable workplace behaviour required within the correctional environment while earning a stipend of R3 500 for twelve months.

The DCS is looking for persons from various communities, and with various interests and appropriate qualifications to enrol for the Further Education and Training Certificate in the Correctional Services Learnership (NQF Level 4). The function of these trainees will be to contribute towards the rehabilitation of offenders through correction and human development in secure, safe and humane detention or under community-based correctional supervision.


Basic enlistment requirements:

• South Africans who are in possession of a Grade 12/Standard 10 Certificate; or • South Africans who have successfully completed the National Certificate in Vocational Studies (NQF Level 4); or • South Africans who have successfully completed a further Education and Training Certificate NQF (Level 4) • Preference will be given to candidates with an additional qualification(s) such as a Trade or Occupational-based Certificate, diploma or degree related to Corrections/Security or with outstanding Grade 12 /Matric results. Additional qualification(s) will not be recognised for the stipend paid or for future remuneration purposes.

Furthermore, applicants must be South Africans who: • Are between 21 and 35 years of age • Have strong character • Are law-abiding citizens and are without criminal records (particulars of the pending criminal cases must be provided during the selection process).

The FET Certificate in Correctional Services Learnership

The learnership is outcome-based and is intended to contribute towards addressing the skills shortage in South Africa.

The Correctional Services Learnership is based on a legally binding agreement between the employer, learner and service provider.

The Learnership Programme will be presented for a period of 1 year consisting of:


±30% intensive instructional learning theory, which is inclusive of firearm, physical and self-defence training, will take place at designated accredited DCS colleges. Free accommodation, meals, training material, uniform (fieldwear and tracksuit) will be provided during this training phase. The obligatory theoretical training strictly requires the learner to be accommodated at the training college on a full-time basis.

Workplace Training

This is a ± 70% workplace learning phase that will take place at the Correctional and Social Reintegration Centre/Units.

Please note that this will entail duties related to the rehabilitation and provision of security to offenders.

During this phase, learners will continue receiving a stipend. The learners will be responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transport.

No pension fund, housing allowance, housing subsidy, danger allowance, medical aid or overtime will be paid by the employer during the theoretical as well as during the practical training phases.

The learner will be regarded as competent after the successful completion of the instructional learning phase, the workplace learning phase, the final submission of the Portfolio of Evidence (POE) and successful external verification by SASSETA.

Any contravention or deviation from the Learnership agreement during the 12-month period will be dealt with by the DCS in accordance with Sections 17 and 18 of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998.

On completion of the Learnership, learners will receive an FET Certificate in Correctional Services: NQF 4. However, the Department of Correctional Services does not guarantee permanent employment thereafter.

How to Apply

Complete the application form in your own handwriting. The “Application for Admission to a Learnership in DCS” form is obtainable from all Correctional Services Offices. The forms can also be obtained from the DCS website (DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM (CLICK HERE)). Please take note that these forms are not for sale. Report any form of corruption on the Department Investigation Unit Hotline 0800 701 701 or on fax number (012) 323 7901.

Specify the learnership post for which you are applying (e.g. Gauteng Region: Leeuwkop (Ref 1/2 010). The application must be signed by the applicant (not by a proxy, agent not representative of the applicant).

Attach certified copies of your certificates and ID document that are not older than 3 months. No late, incomplete nor unsigned application forms will be accepted. Furthermore, no photocopies of completed forms, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted.

Taking into consideration that you have to provide your own transport and accommodation during your experiential learning, you are therefore advised to apply for learnership enrolment within the Regional Management Area closest to your place of residence. Where possible, the application forms with the accompanying documents can be hand-delivered or posted to the following addresses:



St.  Albans  (Ref:  Ec01);  Amathole  (Ref:  EC02);  Kirkwood (Ref:  EC03); East London  (Ref:  EC05);  Sada  (Ref:  EC06),  Cradock  (Ref:EC06);  Umtata (Ref:  EC07).

Postal Address:

Regional Commissioner: Eastern Cape, Recruitment Section, Private Bag X9013, East London, 5200

Physical Address:

Block E, Ocean Terrace, Moore Street, Quigley.

Enquiries contact person: 043 706 7840



Groenpunt  (Ref:  Fs01);  Grootvlei  (Ref:  FS02); Colesburg  (Ref:  FS03);  Kimberley  (Ref:  FS04); Upington  (Ref:  FS05);  Goedemoed  (Ref:  FS06); Kroonstad (Ref:  FS06).

Postal Address:

Regional Commissioner Free State and Northern Cape, Recruitment Section, Private Bag X20530, Bloemfontein 9300.

Physical Address:

103 Zastron Street, Agrimed Building, Bloemfontein, 9300

Enquiries contact person: Charles Matsapola: 051 404 0266


References:  Leeuwkop  (Ref:  GP01);  Pretoria  (Ref:  GP02);  Baviaanspoort  (Ref:  GP03);  Zonderwater  (Ref:  GP04); Johannesburg (Ref:  GP05);  Boksburg (Ref: D06); Modderbee (Ref:  GP07); Krugersdorp (Ref: GP07).

Postal Address:

Regional Commissioner: Gauteng, Recruitment Section, Private Bag X393, Pretoria 0001

Physical Address:

DCS Pretoria Training Centre, 04 Katjen Street, Pretoria-West

Enquiries contact person: 012 420 0146; 012 420 0179



Durban  (Ref:  Zn01);  Kokstad  (Ref:  ZN02);  Pietermaritzburg (Ref: ZN03); Ncome (Ref: ZN04); Empangeni  (Ref:  ZN05),  Glencoe  (Ref:  ZN06);  Waterval  (Ref:  ZN07).

Postal Address:

Regional Commissioner: KwaZulu-Natal, Recruitment Section, Private Bag X9126, Pietermaritzburg 3200

Physical Address:

Correctional Services, Eugene Marais Road, Napierville, Pietermaritzburg 3200

Enquiries contact person: Ms Rajashree Moodley, tel. (033) 355-7360



Polokwane (Ref:  LMN01); Barberton (Ref:  LMN02);  Bethal  (Ref:  LMN03);  Klerksdorp  (Ref:  LMN04); Rooigrond  (Ref:  LMN05);  Rustenburg  (Ref:  LMN06);  Thohoyandou  (Ref:  LMN07);  Witbank (Ref:  LMN08).

Postal address:

Regional Commissioner Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West, Recruitment Section, P/Bag X142, Pretoria 0001.

Physical address:

Proes & Paul Kruger Street, 198 Masada Building, 9th Floor, Pretoria, 0001

Enquiries contact person: Eddie Nhlengethwa: 012 323 4818



West  Coast  (Ref:  Wc01);  Drakentstein  (Ref: WC02);  Allandale  (Ref:  WC03);  Brandvlei  (Ref: WC04); Pollsmoor (Ref:  WC05); Goodwood (Ref:  WC06); Southern Cape (Ref: D07); Voorberg (Ref: WC08); Overberg (Ref: WC09); Breede River (Ref: WC010)

In the case of Western Cape applications, please use the address of the relevant Management Area:

Postal addresses are as follows:

·         Allandale Management Area, Postal address: Private Bag X23 Hugenote 7645

·         Brandvlei Management Area, Private Bag X3064, Worceter 6849

·         Breede River Management Area, Private Bag X6848, Worceter 6849

·         Drakenstein Management Area, Private Bag X6005, Paarl 7620

·         Goodwood Management Area, Private Bag X4, Edgemead 7407

·         Overberg Management Area, Private Bag X051, Caledon 7230

·         Pollsmoor Management Area, Private Bag X4 Tokai 7966

·         Voorberg Management Area, Private Bag X2, Porterville 6810

·         West Coast Management Area, Private Bag X2, Malmesbury 7300

·         Southern Cape Management Area, Private Bag X6539, George 6530

·         Regional Commissioner Western Cape, Recruitment Section, Private Bag X1, Edgemead 7407

Physical Address:

Breede River Street, Monte Vista.

Enquiries contact person: Ms Fezile Ngcanga: 021 550 6078



Head Office Security (HO  01); Zonderwater College Security (HO 02); Kroonstad College Security (HO 03).

Postal address:

Private Bag X136, Pretoria, 0001

Physical address:

124 WF Nkomo Street, Poyntons Building, Pretoria, 0001

Enquiries contact person: Ms Rose Sekotlong: 012 305 8591

DCS is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Qualifying people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Application forms are obtainable from Correctional Services Centres, Regional Offices and Head Office, and are also obtainable on this website (DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM (CLICK HERE))

Completed and signed application forms should be accompanied by certified copies of qualifications, a certified copy of the bar-coded South African Identity Document and a Curriculum Vitae.

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within 2 months of the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note the following: • Application forms will under no circumstances be posted or faxed to applicants • Completed application forms must be hand-delivered/posted to the abovementioned offices by no later than 3 May 2013 at 15:45 • No incomplete, faxed or e-mailed application forms will be considered.

11 thoughts on “Department of Correctional Service Learnership: FET Certificate in Corrections Services

  1. Am very encouraged and motivated by what DCS is doing within the country, by empowering youth to be better people, from various provinces. As being one of the interested candidates to take this opportunity and make use of it.
    I hope and trust youth could see the important and the value of this opportunity to take it into consideration.

  2. No comment, But i wanted to apply for this learneship. I’d already applied. I have grade 12, NQF level 4 NCV Office administration, FET certificate. Ref:(zn05) Empangeni.pls i’m interested for this opportunity.

  3. Matimba Prince Ncube says:

    I’m very happy about the DCS learnerships for the question is,how many people are needed per province /region and the starting date after yout’re successful in the selection process for the learnership program ?

  4. Matimba Prince Ncube says:

    The DCS didn’t specify how many people are needed per province /region and the starting date after u pass the selection process. This is a huge chance for the SA youth.

  5. Iam so desperate for this leanership,hope God will answer our prayers

  6. Good day,how and when will the DCS let us know when to be ready for the start of the learnership?

  7. Im proud and impressed about what DCS done to our youth , especialy we who come from disadvantaged famillies,i pray God to help me to be one of those who are going to be selected in this learnership.thxt my question is when are guys going to call the successful candidates and when is the training gonna start after selection.

  8. Khosa Themba Sydwell says:

    God bless me for DCS leanership to be one of selected or shortlisted for interview and training I hope so will be the one of applicants considered I open my heart god help me longtime not having work and DCS help me

  9. Themba Sydwell Khosa says:

    God answer my application, DCS answer my application for leanership around polokwane

  10. I’m very happy about DSC learnership hoping that my application will be considered in the help of Jesus Christ…I cnt miss this opportunity i pass my grade 12 last year with a good mark…please help me 4rm Eastern Cape

  11. thanduxolo ngamlanana says:

    Thank u DCS for the learnership this is an opportunity to go for futher studies. We trust God to as nswer our prayeRs.never lose hope guys

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