National police promotion framework

The National Police Promotion Framework is a four step promotion process for police officers seeking promotion to the rank of sergeant or inspector.

Promotion is only attained once an officer has successfully completed all four steps. Completion of Step 4 also leads to a professional qualification in police management, it also gives you the opportunity to be developed in the role that you are going to undertake. 

Step 1 – Competence in current rank

Step 2 – Examination of Law and Procedure

Step 3 – Local selection process and matching to vacancies

Step 4 – Temporary Promotion (12 months) and work based assessment

Completion of Step 4 leads to a professional qualification in police management, it also gives you the opportunity to be developed whilst in your role. See more information on the qualifications offered by each partner organisation.

The NPPF quality assurance system supports implementation of the promotion process for sergeants and inspectors to nationally agreed standards.  It seeks to do this by striking an appropriate balance between local accountability and the need for a national level of standardisation, fairness and equality across the service.

These documents are specifically for those in force who are involved in the implementation and management of the processes connected to the NPPF.

​DocumentLastest version number​Publication date​
​NPPF Guidance​7.130 June 2018
​NPPF QA system​1.0January 2016​


If you have any questions about the implementation of the NPPF please email: professionaldevelopment@college.pnn.police.uk

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