Associate personnel provide a valuable resource to the College of Policing, bringing current, relevant and specialist skills that complement our staff.

Associate roles include trainers, coaches, assessors, designers, invigilators and expert witnesses.

Associates are "individuals who are independent of the College and who are sourced directly on a personal basis, or via an agency, charity, partnership or limited company for specific tasks".   Please note that currently employed police officers, police staff, civil servants or employees of any other public sector body cannot be engaged through this route.

We have been reviewing the way in which we work with our Associates.  This has been prompted by a number of factors including queries raised by our staff and Associates.  It has also coincided with changes to off-payroll working in the public sector, referred to broadly as IR35.

As a result, we have developed new ways of working that we hope will address these issues and are documented in the new Associates Policy and supporting documentation. If you have any questions about this please email

Important information

  • Associates are engaged on an ad hoc basis for specific, short-term, discrete pieces of work. 
  • In order to become an Associate it is necessary to apply, and be successful in a competitive process, to be in one or more Associate pools.
  • As pools are created they will be advertised on this webpage.
  • Selection into the pools will be based on the skills, experience and competencies required. 
  • All applications are subject to security vetting and reference checks. 
  • Payment is dependent on the nature of the work undertaken. 
  • Acceptance into any Associate pool does not guarantee the offer of work. 
  • The College will make PAYE deductions in respect of income tax and primary national insurance contributions from any payments made to comply with HMRC requirements. Associates should be aware also of the requirement that public sector organisations will have to ensure compliance with IR35 intermediaries legislation from April 2017. Some questions and answers about how the College applies IR35 are listed here. When you have read the questions, please e-mail with any further queries.
  • Associates wishing to undertake a Trainer role must hold a level 4 teacher/trainer qualification, such as a Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS Level 4), Diploma in Learning and Development, Certificate in Education, NVQ 4 Learning and Development or equivalent.
  • Police officers, police staff and civil servants cannot be engaged as Associates.​​​​​
  • All Associates, with the exception of invigilators, will be required to pay for and maintain their own level of vetting.  The recommended level will be in accordance with the scope of work for each individual pool. 

         The pricing structure of the available vetting levels is as follows: 

                 * NPPV 1 £55 per application (valid for 3 years provided engagements in each 12 month period)

                * NPPV 2 £95 per application (valid for 3 years provided engagements in each 12 month period)

                * NPPV 3 £145 per application (valid for 7 years with a £10 annual security review)

                * Additional CTC £21

                * Additional SC £21

Current opportunities

We will begin advertising pools in the near future.

To express your interest in joining one or more of these pools and being an Associate, please complete either the Associate Expression of Interest Form, or complete the Invigilator and SME Expression of Interest Form as specified and return the applicable form to

Only Expressions of Interest relevant to the advertised pools will be considered.  Please make it clear in your Expression of Interest the pool(s) you are applying for.

From 1st April 2018 we will only engage Associates who have been successful in securing a place in one or more of the pools. In the meantime existing engagements will continue as normal.

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