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.

External 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 as External Associates.

Service Associates are "police officers, police staff and others who are engaged directly by a business unit for specific tasks that require temporary additional resources". Service Associates are generally engaged through ACPO Business Areas, working groups and project consultation groups, or via professional registers.

Important information

  • Associates are engaged on an ad hoc basis for specific, short-term, discrete pieces of work.
  • Payment is dependent on the nature of the work undertaken.
  • A robust recruitment and selection process is applied where successful Associates are retained on an approved list.
  • Acceptance onto the approved list of associates does not guarantee the offer of work.
  • All applications are subject to security vetting and reference checks.
  • Associate engagement is subject to the Associate Terms and Conditions or Personally Engaged Associate Terms and Conditions.
  • 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 also be aware of the requirement that public sector organisation 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 External Associates.​​​​​
  • From 1st August 2016, all associates will be required to pay for and maintain their own level of vetting.  The recommended level will be determined by the opportunity applied for.  This clearance will be paid for by the associate and not the College.  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

Please be aware that the College receive significant numbers of Expressions of Interest and are therefore unable to offer specific feedback where individuals are not accepted onto the Associate database.

Current opportunities

To express your interest in being an External Associate, please complete the Associate Expression of Interest Form , or complete the Invigilator and SME Expression of Interest Form if you are soley interested in just these types of roles and send the applicable form to

Only Expressions of Interest relevant to the following role will be considered.  Please make it clear in your Expression of Interest the role(s) you wish to be considered for:

Senior Independent Assessors for Senior Selection Assessment Centres

​Can you help select the future leaders of the police service?

The College of Policing is responsible for delivering a number of senior-level national assessment centres, including those for the new Fast Track and Direct Entry routes into policing. We are currently seeking applications to extend our bank of independent external assessors.

You will act as a full member of an assessor team, working with senior colleagues from within policing to make fair and objective assessments of candidates looking to join the police service or progress to the most senior levels. While the assessment days are demanding, you will be part of a supportive team and the role offers an opportunity to make new contacts, develop your personal assessment skills, and provide a thought-provoking experience to take back to your day job.

Applications are welcomed from individuals who have:

  • held an executive level position in a private, public or third sector context
  • availability to assess for at least one week per year
  • independence from the police service (have never been employed by a police force or policing agency)
  • the confidence and resilience to challenge senior police officers to provide a robust and fair assessment.

In return, you will be provided with:

  • a comprehensive ORCE assessment and interview briefing covering the specifics of the assessment centres
  • a competitive day rate plus travel and subsistence expenses.


Peer Review & Support Associates


The College of Policing conducts Peer Reviews and provides Peer Support to police forces. Forces seek support in addressing a range of operational and organisational issues. We undertake diagnostic work to understand the issues they seek to address. We coordinate a range of professional networks of subject matter experts who act as peers to provide specialist support. The Organisational Development and International Faculty draws upon the evidence base of what works well in Organisational Development to promote and share learning across the service. We are seeking applications from suitably qualified people to assist in this work.


  • To diagnose, review and provide support to forces that will assist in Organisational Development and improve operational service delivery.
  • To build the transformation and business change capabilities within forces and support the professional development of Members of the College of Policing.
  • To support forces in adopting continuous improvement principles and develop their own sustainable solutions.


  • Level 6 or 7 qualification and knowledge of Organisational Development practice, particularly including strategy, structure, process, culture and people.
  • Gathering information and data to effectively assess organisational systems.
  • Understanding of systems thinking approaches across an organisation and beyond.
  • Ability to work with forces to assist them in developing workable solutions to improve their organisation and credibility to influence and advise senior leaders.
  • Strong ability to think and operate strategically and creatively.
  • Able to engender and enthuse team members.
  • Enjoys and excels in working well with frontline officers and College members to take account of their views, ideas and practical concerns.


Applications would be welcome from individuals who can demonstrate a successful track record at a senior/strategic level of leading business change management, assessment, evaluation and performance management.

Multi Agency Gold Incident Command Course Trainers / Assessors

Trainers and assessors are being sought to assist in the delivery of the Multi Agency Gold Incident Command Course.  Applicants should have completed the MAGIC course since May 2014.  Additionally, inputs may be required to support the Strategic Firearms Course and the Public Order, Public safety Gold command training.  Trainers must have held the relevant  strategic command accreditation (occupational & operational accreditation) in the last 12 months.  Associate Trainers should hold a level 4 teacher/trainer qualification or be working towards one.  Availability to deliver training internationally would also be an asset.

Police transformation fund (PTF) vulnerability project - training delivery

The College submitted a bid to the police transformation fund (PTF) to undertake 4 accelerated pieces of work around the area of Vulnerability. The bid was approved in November 2016, the College is now in the process of developing a number of products to help improve policing’s response to vulnerability. Some of these products are specific to child sexual abuse (CSA) investigations, others look at a more unified approach to vulnerability. The College has committed to deliver these products to a number of Officers by 31.03.2018. 

Scope of Work:
We are looking to create a pool of associates who are level 4 qualified trainers with a background in vulnerability. The project is developing a number of products, all of which will be delivered by associates.  The delivery timescales mean that there is a need for a large pool of associates to enable simultaneous delivery of training in a number of locations

Duration of Engagement:
The length of engagement will vary dependent on the training being delivered. A total of 50 days delivery engagement in any one year may be required.

Location of Engagement:
Willing to travel to multiple locations (force and college) across England and Wales.

To deliver the new vulnerability products being developed as part of the PTF vulnerability project. These include:

  • Vulnerability Training (to 12,000 officers)
  • Specialist child abuse investigation development programme (SCAIDP) refresher training
  • CSA investigations licence to practise training
  • - Achieving best evidence (ABE) interviews upskill sessions

Work Responsibilities:

  • To deliver PTF vulnerability project related training courses to a number of police officers and staff. 
  • To provide feedback on course content and perception of the course among the forces.
  • To be impartial to any specific areas of vulnerability when delivering project related training.
  • When delivering vulnerability training, to support the presenting of the College of Policing approach to policing vulnerability.
  • To work to a tight training delivery schedule - the training products will be commenced at different times throughout this financial year, ending on 31/3/18.

Skills required:

  • The associate will have a proven background and/or qualification in the delivery of training materials in the area of vulnerability.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • IT literate (use of Word and Excel)
  • Attention to detail 
  • A willingness to work to the tight deadlines as defined by the project. 
  • Ability to apply a prescribed design process
  • Willing and able to work as part of a team whilst maintaining individual responsibility"

Experience Required:

  • Experienced in delivering training courses to police personnel.
  • A proven background of working with vulnerable child and adult victims and/or perpetrators of sexual abuse and other harms
  • An understanding of how the area of vulnerability leads to complex challenges for both the Officer and those who are vulnerable.
  • The associate will have experience of delivering training to a very tight schedule and be content to travel to multiple locations to deliver training.

£250 + expenses daily

Expenses include:

  • Travel expenses where required for meetings relating to the scope of work
  • Accommodation where required for meetings relating to the scope of work

​Trainers for international courses

​Our International Academy is interested to hear from potential Associates with recognised training qualifications and extensive training experience.

Many of its programmes are delivered in-country, mainly in the developing world, so training experience overseas would be an advantage.

Assistant Invigilators

The primary purpose of the Assistant Invigilator is to assist the Senior Invigilator with the running of the examination site. No formal qualifications are required for this role, however previous experience of invigilating examinations would be a distinct advantage.

Expressions of interest are welcomed from individuals who can demonstrate experience in the following areas:

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to deliver and receive constructive feedback
  • The ability to understand and memorise information and facts
  • Sound judgement and the ability to assess others objectively, fairly and with consistency
  • High levels of concentration and stamina
  • An ability to monitor own performance and undertake self development
  • A flexible approach to work, prepared to work alone or as a team member
  • Confidence to take responsibility for decisions

The posts require an amount of travel and most of the work will be carried out at examination sites located throughout England and Wales.
Selected associates will be allocated to an examination site within their stated range of travel and as close as possible to their home address. Expressions of interest are particularly welcomed from individuals who are based in the following police force areas or who are willing to travel to:

  • Essex (especially Colchester, Southend and Chelmsford).
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk/Suffolk (especially Norwich)
  • Devon and Cornwall
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire (especially Devizes)
  • Dorset (especially Bournemouth)
  • Sussex
  • Thames Valley
  • South Wales (especially Cardiff and Bridgend)
  • London
  • Cumbria

Communications Data Investigator (CDI) Trainers

7​​​CDI trainers are required to assist with the provision of CDI training and related CPD activities. Additionally specialist inputs are needed for mainstream investigative and intelligence training programmes.. Applicants should be experienced CDIs with a proven training background. Associate Trainers must hold a level 4 teacher/trainer qualification (see Important Information above). Availability to deliver training internationally would be an asset.

Communications Tactical Advisor (Airwave) - Fire Service input

The College of Policing lead the management, delivery and assessment of a Joint Emergency Services Communications Tactical Advisor (Airwave) course.  This tri-service course requires tri-service trainers delivering to a tri-service audience; Police, Fire and Ambulance.  It is anticipated that this 3-day programme will be run approximately10 times per year. The first novice course is to be ran in June 2016.

A pool of trainers will be utilised to deliver this programme and ensure resilience in the delivery.  External Associates particularly with Fire Service experience are sought.

Venues TBC, but likely to be using a range of College of Policing, Emergency Service training venues or training/conference facilities at locations across England and Wales.


1. To act as lead Fire deliverer for the Communications Tactical Advisor (Airwave) novice course being delivered.

2. To act as lead Fire deliverer for the Communications Tactical Advisor (Airwave) course being delivered, moving forward, over the next 12 months.


Training experience, Competent to deliver the Fire input on the Communications Tactical Advisor Course including facilitation of group activities and conducting 1:1 competency assessments.


Experience of the role of a Fire Communications Tactical Advisor and experience of delivering inputs on the Communications Tactical Advisor (Airwave) course within the last 12 months.

Hydra Facilitator

​Hydra Facilitator’s are sought to assist with the provision of Hydra exercises, this could include training delivery, design and subject matter expertise.

Expressions of Interest are welcomed from individuals with experience of training delivery in the following areas:

  • Investigation
  • Public Order
  • Local Resilience Forums
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Safeguarding (Adult and Child Protection)
  • Multi Agency working
  • Leadership
  • Initial Police Training

Expressions of Interest should have a recognised training qualification and / or be able to evidence previous training delivery, ideally they will have undergone a College Hydra Facilitator Course or have extensive knowledge, experience of Hydra and Immersive Learning methodologies.

Investigative Trainers

​Investigative trainers are being sought to assist in the delivery of investigation training programmes which include: Child Sexual Exploitation/Abuse, Counter Corruption, Investigating Sudden Childhood Death (ISCD), Senior Investigating Officers Development Programme (SIODP) and Management of Serious Crime Investigations Development Programme (MSCIDP). Additionally, specialist inputs are needed for mainstream investigative and intelligence training programmes. Applicants should be experienced investigators and PIP3 accredited. Associate Trainers must hold a level 4 teacher/trainer qualification. Availability to deliver training internationally would also be an asset.

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