Work at PPP

Work at PPP

Glossary of Terms

Thank you for taking an interest in working at the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services! 

  • Interested applicants should complete the State Application online at
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at (803) 734-9220.
  • Applicants for Information Technology Jobs can review requirements here
  • Current job openings: 

     Manager II (Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Mangager II)
    o Central Office, Columbia, S.C.
    o Closing Date: October 23, 2017
     Auditor III (Internal Auditor)
    o Central Office, Columbia, S.C.
    o Closing Date: October 30, 2017

  • Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer
     o Statewide Vacancies
    o Closing Date: Continuous

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) knows that the hiring process is a key component in the operative efficiency of any agency. We are committed in our effort to actively recruit highly motivated individuals for all positions.   As an employee with SCDPPPS, you will become part of a team dedicated to improving the lives of all citizens in the state of South Carolina. SCDPPPS is known as one of the most dedicated and professional agencies in the state South Carolina.

Hiring/Selection Process

Interested persons enter a highly competitive selection process. All components of the selection process use minimum qualifications that are job related.  Selection processes for both sworn and non-sworn positions may include one or more of the following components:

  1. Complete on-line Application
  2. Reading Comprehension Testing (Nelson Denny Testing)
  3. Interview
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Medical Examination
  6. Physical Ability Testing (PAT)
  7. Psychological Testing
  8. Drug Testing
  9. Final Hiring Decision

Officer Requirements

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Applicants for the Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer Career Track must hold at least a four-year degree from an accredited college or university. Officers are Class-One Certified and must complete the Basic Training Program at the Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, the Department's Basic Training courses and on-the-job training

Additionally, applicants:

  • Cannot have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or be subject to a criminal domestic violence restraining order. (Forfeiture of bond, a guilty plea, or a plea of nolo contendere is considered the equivalent of a conviction.)
  • Must complete a Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure authorization.
  • Will be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.

Upon a conditional offer of employment, an applicant must undergo a screening for illicit drugs a physical examination, and a psychological screening. 

To Apply:

Applicants interested in applying for any position at SCDPPPS should first complete the State Application online at

Applicants interested in applying for the position of Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer I, must then take the Department’s test focusing on reading comprehension and vocabulary.  On the date of testing, applicants must bring a copy of the state application which includes the Probation and Parole Agent Checklist, certified college transcripts, photo ID and Social Security Card to the designated test site.

Officer applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and successfully pass the reading comprehension test may be contacted by the Human Resources Office for an interview before the Agent Applicant Interview Panel at the Central Office in Columbia.

(Any applicant with prior Department service in the Agent Career Track will not be required to retake the reading comprehension test or appear before the panel.  They should contact the Agent in Charge of the county of interest.)

To receive more information, contact the Human Resources Office at (803) 734-9220.

General Recruitment: 

The goal of any recruitment process is to generate a pool of qualified applicants.  There is no minimum or maximum number of applicants to be included in an applicant pool.  However, a competitive pool should reflect racial and gender diversity.  Recruitment efforts will include sources or means by which this diversity can be achieved.  All qualified applicants will be considered.

Employee Benefits:

State insurance to include health, dental, vision, and/or life insurance and disability.  Please visit PEBA Insurance Benefits for more information.

All employees are eligible to enroll in the SC State Retirement System.  Our law enforcement positions are eligible for the Police Office Retirement Systems (PORS) and our non-law enforcement positions are eligible for either the SC Retirement Systems (SCRS) or the State Optional Retirement Program (ORP).  Please visit PEBA Retirement Benefits for more information.

Employees can also contribute to a 401(k) or 457(b) plan through the SC Deferred Compensation Program.  This voluntary program allows you to save and invest extra money for retirement through before-tax and/or after-tax contributions.  Please visit SC Deferred Compensation for more information.

Leave and Holidays
All employees in a full-time equivalent position receive 15 days paid annual leave per year and 15 days paid sick leave per year.  There are also 13 paid holidays per year.  Please visit State Human Resources Division for more information.