Certificate in Knowledge of Policing

The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP), will remain as one of a number of pathways into the Police Service at Police Constable Level until 31 December 2019.

The CKP is offered through the College of Policing partner Awarding Organisations. These could be Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) approved Awarding Organisations or Higher Education Institutions which are College of Policing Approved Providers.

The CKP is a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) that accredits the Pre-join curriculum.  Therefore, any candidate who achieves the CKP, will always have evidence of achieving a Level 3 qualification in its own right.

Up until 31 December 2019 new recruits can submit their achievement of the CKP (gained through a College of Policing approved provider) as evidence of recognised prior learning, equivalent to the knowledge component of the Diploma in Policing. The Diploma in Policing forms part of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and is a standard that all officers must evidence before they are confirmed in rank as a regular Police Constable, the last date permitted for IPLDP to commence is 31 December 2019.

The new Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) entry requirements from 1 January 2020 for Police Constable Recruits will be one of the following:-

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
  • Degree Holder Entry Programme
  • A pre-join Degree in Policing

More information in relation to these entry routes can be found on our Policing Education Qualification Framework page.

CKP is a Level 3 qualification that may form an appropriate consideration toward any requirement for entrants to hold a level 3 qualification, i.e. it meets the requirement specified within Police Regulations for entrants to hold a Level 3 qualification, and this will continue to apply to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) entry route.

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Information for students

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