Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF)

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 now working on developing the framework which will form a complex programme of work to be conducted over a period of several years. Current activity includes:

Recognising prior learning (RPL)

Police officers and staff across England and Wales 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 available from autumn 2017 for potential students from the police service to undertake higher education courses. Further information is available on the Professional Development Platform 

Police constable entry routes

We are working with forces and higher education partners to develop:

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
    This will be available in some early adopter forces from September 2018
  • A pre-join degree in policing
    This will be offered by some early adopter HEIs from September 2018
  • Degree-holder programme (for those with any other degree)
    This will be available in some early adopter forces from September 2018.

The police recruitment  and police officer pages provide further information for those wishing to apply to become a police constable. Local force webpages will offer further detail of their recruitment campaigns.

PEQF supporting resources are now available for the PCDA, intended to ensure that forces and higher education providers collaborate in a standardised way.  

Police community support officer

A new level 4 PCSO apprenticeship standard has been developed that will be available in some early adopter forces from late spring/early summer 2018. 

We’ll continue to update you on our progress. If you have any further questions not answered in the frequently asked questions, please contact us by emailing PolicingEQF@college.pnn.police.uk.

An Equality Impact Analysis 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 

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