For further information not covered by the FAQ below please refer to the Police force you are looking to join.
The College of Policing is not a college in the traditional sense; we do not run courses for the general public to enable them to become a police officer. We run courses for police forces, at their request, for the recruitment of new officers and for the promotion and training of existing officers.
The College of Policing designs and maintains the curriculum for both the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) and the Initial Police Learning Development Programme (IPLDP). We are not directly involved in force recruitment or training decisions.
further details about what the College offers to different groups including the general public.
more Information about the IPLDP.
The College of Policing also works with police forces and police and crime commissioners to provide details of vacancies across all policing roles, ranks and grades and those for police transferees.
See our links to
force recruitment pages and details of any current vacancies.
As each police force has their own recruitment criteria, processes and policies, you are advised to contact the force(s) that you are interested in applying to. Each force can advise you about their available roles and any specific recruitment criteria (such as the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing – CKP) which they may require.
list of UK police forces.
You may also wish to have a look at the following websites which may provide you with further information:
Also see the overview of the roles available in the police service and further information.
Some UK forces require new officers to complete this course prior to joining. Further information is available on the College of Policing website.
The College of Policing only design and license the learning material for the CKP; we do not deliver the course nor are we involved in student administration or enrolment.
Details of the course, such as the schedule, costs and funding, vary between each provider and some providers offer distance learning. You need to research each provider and make the necessary enquiries with them to identify which of them best suits your requirements and budget.
Recommended training providers:
The College of Policing is unable to recommend individual courses or providers. We do, however, strongly advise that you only choose a provider from our list of approved providers.
Leadership Programmes are available and offers direct entry and fast track opportunities. Details of each can be found on the Recruitment website.
There is currently no requirement to have a degree to become a police officer. The College has, however, recently commenced a programme of work to design a Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). PEQF is intended to support the development of policing as a profession through the provision of a coherent national approach to recognising and raising educational standards in policing.
The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) programme is entering its initial design and consultation phase and the College expects discussion and debate throughout the development of the proposals.
Please see the following links for further information about the PEQF.
If you have further questions, or if you would like to be involved in the development of the PEQF, please email PolicingEQF@college.pnn.police.uk.
Details of recognised routes to becoming a regular police constable in the police service of England and Wales are now available.
See links to the
College's current vacancies along with information about how to apply, staff benefits, etc.
Contact details and who to contact for complaints about a College of Policing recruitment process or examination are available from the College's complaints procedure page.
All specialists are required to complete their initial 2 years' Probation period before specializing.
You can use the pre-Application questionnaire to help you decide whether you're eligible to join the UK Police. Part 2 covers the eligibility criteria for becoming a Police Constable.