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The European Penitentiary Training Network – your network partner for correctional staff training and development.

About EPTA

The European Penitentiary Training Network (EPTA) was founded in 2010 by heads of European Penitentiary Staff Training Academies to provide for a structure that supports sharing of training methodologies and contents across Europe. EPTA aims at developing a cooperation that enhances initial and continuous training of correctional staff and at contributing to boost awareness of the correctional staff’s work in prison and probation settings.

From the 11 founding members in 2010 the network extended to 21 members from all regions of Europe today. EPTA meets once a year in one of the partner countries for two days to discuss the latest developments in the sector. In the periods between the meetings the members enter into bilateral sharing of information and mutual visits to facilitate direct exchanges.


Current President

The Presidency of EPTA is organized in a rotating manner between the members. The Training Academy that takes responsibility for the Presidency is also in charge of organizing the annual conference. Romania will organize the EPTA Annual Conference 2019 at Tirgu Ocna at the National School for Training of Penitentiary Agents. The new President of EPTA is Mr. Vasile Scutaru.

In 2019, the President of EPTA is National Administration of Penitentiaries, Romania.

Contact: epta@anp.gov.ro


EPTA Conference 2019

In 2019, under the Romania Presidency, the National Administration of Penitentiaries will organize the EPTA Annual Conference in Romania. The topic of the Annual Conference is “Staff Motivation and Retention”.

Click here to view the updated programme of the Annual Conference, registration and logistical information. 

National Correctional Officers Training School

The National Correctional Officers Training School in Târgu Ocna is a unique institution in Romania which trains prison staff – men and women, in a one-year curriculum. The school is accredited by the Ministry of National Education. Its mission is to meet specific professional training and development needs of persons who chose a career in the penal enforcement field, as well as to the functioning, development and professional needs of the penitentiary institutions that are part of the system. After completing a one-year curriculum, the graduate student receives a rank of a ”junior correctional officer”. Thus, they will have the chance to be part of an important division of the national security, defence and public order system as well as the possibility to develop their career. 

In order to achieve these objectives, the students will undergo several training modules, as well as two practical training periods. The educational process is provided by a staff of teachers, psychologists, specialists and instructors. There are also lectures of specialists from the National Administration of Penitentiaries and other educational centres.

 Engagement of EPTA Members:

  • Contributing actively in the development and management of the network
  • Developing and giving support to EPTA initiatives
  • Providing information from their countries about specific areas of interest
  • Ensuring the necessary means to enable the functioning of the network