New apprenticeships for Police Constable and Police Community Support Officer, see below for details.... The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) introduces a national approach to recognising and raising educational standards in policing and supports the development of policing as a profession. What is it and what are we doing?
The College of Policing has a strategic aim to support the development of individual members of the profession. We set educational requirements to assure the public of the quality and consistency of policing skills and we facilitate academic accreditation and recognition of our members' expertise.
The PEQF offers a standardised national framework that sets minimum qualification levels by rank or level of practice.
In 2016, we published a response to the
public consultation on our initial proposals for our framework. These proposals were further refined and we are continuing to develop the framework which forms a complex programme of work being conducted over a number of years. Current activity includes:
Recognising prior learning (RPL)
Police officers and staff across England and Wales now have the opportunity to achieve recognition for their experience and prior learning (RPL) and secure academic credits towards education qualifications which acknowledge the skills and professionalism required to do their job.
Further information and guidance is available for individuals, forces and higher education institutions (HEIs) via the Professional Development Platform
The College is accepting applications from registered qualifications providers to have their courses listed in an RPL directory. This provides potential students from the police service the opportunity to undertake higher education courses. Further information is available on the Professional Development Platform. If you have any queries regarding the RPL Directory please email PolicingEQF@college.pnn.police.uk.
Police Constable entry routes
We have been working with forces and higher education partners to develop the new entry routes into policing and early adopters will be offering places from September 2018. All applications to join the police service need to be made through a Police Force, the College of Policing are the professional body for the police service and do not deliver any of these programmes.
police recruitment and
police officer pages provide further information for those wishing to apply to become a police constable with Local force webpages providing further information on their recruitment.
Police Community Support Officer Apprenticeship (PCSOA)
A new level 4 PCSO apprenticeship programme has been developed and will be available in some early adopter forces from late spring/early summer 2018.
An Equality Impact Analysis (EIA) has been carried out and currently focuses on the three new entry routes and the associated changes to Police Regulations. The EIA looks at the potential impacts on protected groups and includes a mitigation plan, outlining how the College of Policing will build on the opportunities presented by the PEQF, as well as recommended actions to mitigate against any negative impacts. The EIA will continue to be a living document, regularly updated alongside PEQF deliverables
PEQF supporting resources are now available, intended to ensure that forces and training providers collaborate in a standardised way.
We will continue to update this page with our progress. If you have any further questions not answered in the frequently asked questions (see links on the right of the page), please contact us by emailing PolicingEQF@college.pnn.police.uk.