​External recognition for police training

After completing College course you can apply for external qualification.

Newly promoted senior officers and police staff can now apply for external qualifications through a College of Policing learning and development programme.

Senior police personnel (chief inspectors, superintendents and equivalent police staff grades) who are new to post can apply to attend our revised Senior Leadership Programme which goes live in September.

The programme will give you the skills you need at a senior level including those to lead in a complex policing environment; managing people, performance, change, finance and resources; business case development; health and wellbeing and the ability to influence others.

The programme is currently delivered free of charge for officers and staff from Home Office Forces and the forms to apply are on our website.

Once you complete the Senior Leadership Programme you are eligible to register for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership.

This qualification is rated in academic terms as being at a comparable level to Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Postgraduate Diplomas.

The opportunity to complete the CMI qualification is at a substantially reduced rate than if accessed outside the College and you will be responsible only for CMI registration, which is currently £145. The assessment, verification and administration costs are currently being met by us. In conjunction with CMI, we offer a variety of study resources to support you throughout the assessment process.

Jim Saunders, Leadership Tutor at the College of Policing, said:

“One of the aims of the College is to support the professional development of those working in policing.
“We listened to our members who told us they wanted qualifications with the opportunity for external recognition and we are achieving this through the revised Senior Leadership Programme.

“The College is covering the cost for members to attend the programme and also covering the majority of the cost for those who want to consolidate and accredit their learning with the Chartered Management Institute.”

Senior Leadership Programme courses are delivered at our sites in Ryton (near Coventry), Sunningdale (Berkshire) and Harperley Hall (Durham).

Local delivery will be considered subject to trainer availability, on a cost recovery basis.

Other training courses
In addition to the core Senior Leadership Programme modules we offer the following learning and development opportunities for senior managers:

  • Leading Powerful Partnerships

This programme is designed for senior leaders working in policing and the wider public, voluntary and private sectors.
This programme will challenge you as a leader to step outside of your comfort zone, try different approaches and will help to reinvigorate your creative thinking.
You can expect to return to the workplace with renewed energy and an insight into how you can enable your organisation to thrive and work successfully with your partners.

This is a five day programme which is run twice a year.
More information

  • Realising/Releasing Potential Programme

This programme contributes towards our positive action work and is aimed at female and BME Officers from inspector to chief superintendent rank who are seeking promotion opportunities.

The programme will assist you to take control of your personal development, increase your self-awareness, explore your leadership style, build lasting peer relationships, develop mentoring skills and create a coaching contract.

This is a four and a half day programme spread over three modules.
More information - Realising Potential Programme
More information - Releasing Potential Programme

  • Special Constabulary (SC) Senior Leadership Programme

This programme has been developed to give Special Constabulary chief inspectors and inspectors operating at chief inspector level the learning and development opportunities which are available to regular colleagues as a result of attending the Executive Skills, Business Skills and Professional Policing Skills modules on the Senior Leadership Programme.

This is a six day programme which is spread over three weekends.

To get in contact with the team, email leadership@college.pnn.police.uk.

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