We rely on our Associates as a valuable resource bringing current, relevant and specialist skills to complement those of 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.

More information on being an Associate can be found in our Associates Policy and supporting documentation. The Associates' Welcome Pack has been developed to be issued for Associates who are embarking on their first assignment with the College of Policing, it may also be useful for more established associates.  If you have any questions about this please email

Important Information

The revised Associate Terms and Conditions (corporate) v1.2, and The Personally Engaged Associate Terms and Conditions v1.2 will apply to all new associate engagements as of 25 May 2018 including any existing purchase orders or commercial arrangements that are already in place and the delivery is not scheduled till the 25 May 2018 or after.

In addition to the revised documents a new document, 'Schedule X to the Corporate Associate Terms and Conditions and Personally Engaged Associate Terms and Conditions' details those occasions where an Associate may be processing personal data in accordance with their engagement, as a College Associate. This will be subject to any necessary amendment where a further specific personal data processing requirement is identified.

  • 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 of the requirement that public sector organisations 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.
  • These opportunities are open to applicants who can meet the College's nationality, UK residency and vetting requirements.
  • 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
                * 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

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. 

Selection of Associates will be made in line with the nine principles of the Code of Ethics.

Each pool will have a defined scope of work and a clear set of criteria necessary for the delivery of that work e.g. qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and currency against which potential Associates will be considered.  We will score expressions of interest against a marking scheme of 0-5 with 0 being 'not eligible for consideration' and 5 being 'excellent'.  The table below indicates the scores and the narrative.

The Associate pools will be re-selected every three years, or sooner, to ensure currency and skills are refreshed.




Excellent​Exceeds the required standard.
Response answers the question with precision and relevance.
Gives evidence of added value.
​ 5
Good​Meets the standard required.
Comprehensive response in terms of detail and relevance.
Acceptable​Meets the standards in most aspects but fails in some areas.
Acceptable level of detail, accuracy and relevance.
Limited​Fails the standard in most aspects but meets some.
Limited information/inadequate/only partially addresses the question.
Inadequate​Significantly fails to meet the standard.
Inadequate detail provided/questions not answered/answers not directly relevant to the question.
​Not eligible for consideration​Completely fails to meet the standard.
Response significantly deficient/no response.

Therefore, please ensure you provide sufficient evidence against the criteria under qualifications, skills and experience to demonstrate your suitability.

There is no obligation on the part of the College to provide any Associate with work, nor to guarantee an amount of work in any time period.  Work will be allocated through fair and transparent allocation, which will be specified on the scope of work.

From 1 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.

However all purchase orders that have been in place that go beyond 1 April 2018 will be honoured. Please note the Associate Terms and Conditions that apply at the time would apply to these engagements. 

​Pool Title


​Closing Date

SA4: External Legal Evaluator​Homebased (but will be required to attend Multiple Choice Question Writers Course in Harrogate before commencing role)16 November 2018 (midnight)
SA7: Multiple Choice Question Writer/Reviewer​Homebased (but will be required to attend Multiple Choice Question Writers Course in Harrogate before commencing role)​16 November 2018 (midnight)

Equal Opportunities

We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff, contractors and Associates at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.

We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part-time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work.

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