Proposals to accredit police skills

Hundreds more responses have been received for our proposals to accredit officers and staff

​More than 1,800 responses have been sent to the College in response to its proposals to accredit officers and staff for their existing skills.

The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) consultation, launched last month, includes proposals to give officers and staff the opportunity to gain academic qualifications so that they are recognised for their existing skills; a practical police degree for future entrants and a higher level apprenticeship.

The three proposals are

Proposal 1. Establish a qualifications framework for policing so that individuals can gain recognition that has meaning and credibility

Proposal 2. Opportunities for existing officers and staff to gain accredited and publicly recognised qualifications for their existing skills, if they wish to do so

Proposal 3. Develop three entry routes for new constables

  • undergraduate degree in policing
  • graduate conversion programme
  • higher level apprenticeships

We have held a question and answer session on Twitter where we received hundreds of queries from officers, staff and others across the policing landscape. You can look back at the responses by searching the hashtag #PEQF.

The next session on Twitter will be on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 from 6.30pm-7.30pm with Rachel Tuffin, our Director of Knowledge, Research and Education. You can follow it and ask questions by using the same hashtag or following us at @CollegeofPolice

So what would someone working in policing do if they wanted to achieve a qualification?

The answer would depend on the level they wanted to reach. For example, if they were a police constable with 20 years' service wanting to achieve a degree-level qualification, the first step would be for their existing learning and expertise to be accredited by an education provider such as a university working with their force.

The College is intending to develop national standards for this accreditation process, to make it consistent.

The next steps toward obtaining the qualification would depend on what additional evidence of their advanced levels of knowledge and skill was needed by the awarding body.

They might research and write up one or more original pieces of work, attend workshops or seminars and take part in debate and discussion, create and give presentations, or put together and present a portfolio of work-related material.

The consultation document and a Q&A are now available.

You can respond to the consultation, which closes on 29 March 2016, through the College's online PEQF survey. (It will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete)

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