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The Indiana Probation Standards require that all probation officers complete at least 12 hours of continuing education credit annually (Standard 2.3).  The chief probation officer and the supervising judge shall approve all course content eligible to comply with the twelve-hour requirement.  All Judicial Conference sponsored educational conferences and meetings shall be given credit, as well as any other training approved by the probation officer’s supervising judge.

The commentary to Standard 2.3 recognizes the importance of continuing education, stating that “no one employed in probation should neglect the ongoing need to keep abreast of current knowledge in the disciplines related to his/her probation responsibilities.”

In addition to educational sessions offered by the Indiana Judicial Center, a probation officer can meet his/her training responsibilities by attending sessions offered by the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI), national organizations such as the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), as well as other Indiana probation departments.  A list of probation departments that open their in-house trainings to outside probation officers is listed below.

Indiana Probation Departments Offering In-House Training Open to Outside Officers:

  • Clark Superior I Probation Department
  • Clark Superior II Probation Department
  • Crawford County Probation Department
  • Delaware County Probation Department
  • Elkhart County Adult and Juvenile Probation Department
  • Henry County Probation Department
  • Howard County Adult and Juvenile Probation Department
  • Jasper County Probation Department
  • Jennings County Superior Probation Department
  • Johnson County Juvenile Probation Department
  • Knox County Probation Department
  • LaPorte Superior Court #4 Probation Department
  • Lawrence County Probation Department
  • Marion Superior Court Probation Department
  • Monroe County Probation Department
  • Montgomery County Probation Department
  • Owen County Probation Department
  • Porter County Adult and Juvenile Probation Departments
  • Ripley County Probation Department
  • Sullivan County Probation Department
  • Tippecanoe County Probation Department
  • White County Probation Department

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APPA Trainings
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NIC Trainings
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