Information for Students for the CKP

The purpose of the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP) is to equip students with the underpinning knowledge and understanding elements of the full Pre-Join Curriculum and for them to attain accreditation of their learning through the CKP. Successful achievement will enable students to transfer this externally recognised national qualification to forces as evidence of the knowledge component for their Diploma in Policing.

The CKP gives candidates an official qualification and allows future police officers to take responsibility for their learning.

Achieving the CKP through a provider approved by the College of Policing will allow you to submit this as evidence of the knowledge component of the Diploma in Policing, which forms part of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).

All Awarding Organisations offering the Diploma in Policing recognise and accept the relationship between the CKP and the Diploma.

How does the CKP course work?

The CKP is a modular qualification, made up of 10 units at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. It involves approximately 290 hours of study, of which 80 - 100 hours are directed learning and the rest are made up of home study.

It is assessed through a mixture of methods.  A range of delivery options are available, including full-time, part-time, evenings only, weekends only and distance learning.

What will I learn on the CKP course?

The CKP gives you an understanding of policing and police law, and enables you to demonstrate some of the critical decision-making skills required for the job. It covers a wide range of subjects in the following National Policing Curriculum categories:

  • Ensuring public safety
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Preventing and reducing crime
  • Maximising information and intelligence
  • Conducting investigations
  • Supporting victims
  • Communication, Ethics and integrity, Evidence based policing, Leadership and management

Does the CKP guarantee me entry to the police?

Achieving the CKP will help prepare you for recruitment to the police service as a police constable in England or Wales.

Successful achievement of the CKP does not guarantee recruitment as a trainee police constable. However, it does show a dedication to joining the police, and is relevant to other roles in the criminal justice sector.

Every police force in England and Wales sets its own recruitment process and selection policy, and entry requirements vary from force to force.  To check your eligibility you must check the force website, this will assist you in deciding whether to undertake the CKP course or submit an application for the role of a police constable, please use our pre-application questionnaire.  

Please note that all candidates need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks, and must undertake a series of assessments, tests and an interview at a Police SEARCH® assessment centre.

Where can I enrol for a CKP course?

You can achieve the CKP at various educational centres across the country.

The College of Policing has introduced an Approved Provider scheme to ensure that all providers are suitable and have the necessary rigour in both teaching and assessment. Contact the providers on our Pre-Join Approved Providers list to establish course suitability, availability and fees.

Can the College of Policing recommend a course?

We are unable to recommend any individual courses.

How much does the CKP qualification cost?

The cost will vary, please contact individual providers or view their websites for actual costs.  Funding may be available via providers in some circumstances, to enquire about any available funding please contact individual providers

CKP materials online

The Managed Learning Environment (MLE) is an online system which provides all learners with access to key learning resources, which are an integral part of the Pre-Join Programme, including all the e-learning packages and student notes which are fully maintained.  Students have access to the Pre-Join resources for a period of 3 years.  This will enable learners to keep up to date with any changes, especially during the period of time between recruitment and employment.

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