NPPF Step 2 Legal Examination

All candidates wishing to apply for the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF) Step Two Legal Examinations in 2020, must refer to the NPPF Candidate Handbook 2020. This handbook contains all information that candidates will need in terms of the rules, syllabus, how to apply, details of the assessment process, and results and feedback.  Any queries about the examination should be directed to your Force Examinations Officer.

Examination Dates 2020:

Sergeants' 2020  -   held on Tuesday 10 November 2020 only
Inspectors' 2020  -  held Tuesday 13 October 2020 only. 

Registration dates 2020:

Inspectors' 2020 registration - Now closed.

Sergeants' 2020 registration - opens Monday 28 September and closes at 6pm on Wednesday 21 October*.

Registration closing dates may be earlier in forces to allow time for verifying and allocating candidates. Please check with your Force Examinations Officer to ensure you aren't late registering.

*Only those candidates who were registered for the Sergeants' exam as of 31 January 2020 and appear on the candidate confirmation lists which forces have received are eligible to apply for the Sergeants' Exam in November. Eligible candidates for the Sergeants exam will need to re-register in AIMs when registration opens.

Candidates wishing to sit the examinations in 2020 should refer to the NPPF Candidate Handbook (2020) for details on applying.

Examination Dates for 2021 currently scheduled for: 

Sergeants' 2021  -   9 March 2021
Inspectors' 2021  -  12 October 2021

Additional Candidate guidance

The following resources are provided to help you prepare for the NPPF Step 2 Legal Examination:

Online Examination Candidate Guide – This document provides candidates with all the information they need to prepare for the online exam and for taking the exam on the day.

2020 Examination Statement - All candidates should refer to this statement for details of changes to the examination syllabus for 2020.

NPPF Candidate Handbook (2020) – All candidates must download and read this handbook. It contains all information that candidates will need in terms of the rules, syllabus, how to apply, details of the assessment process, and results and feedback. 

Sergeants' Subject Area List - This document provides the Subject Area List for which candidates were tested during the last Sergeants' NPPF Step 2 Legal Examination.*

Inspectors' Subject Area List - This document provides the Subject Area List for which candidates were tested during the last Inspectors' NPPF Step 2 Legal Examination.*

* The Subject Area Lists are only a general guide to the type of topics that have been tested in the past, and are not an indication of the content of any future examinations.

Reasonable Adjustments and Accommodations

Candidates who wish to request a reasonable adjustment or accommodation for the examination should refer to the NPPF Candidate Handbook (2020) and the RA Policy Examinations. Reports to support Reasonable Adjustment requests must be submitted to The College of Policing no later than the registration closure date.

Further Information

If candidates have additional queries after reading the NPPF Candidate Handbook (2020) they should contact their Force Examinations Officer in the first instance. The Selection and Assessment Unit at the College of Policing should only be contacted if candidates are unable to contact their Force Examinations Officer. The contact details for the Selection and Assessment Unit can be found within the Candidate Handbook. There is also an exam FAQ page dedicated to the changes made because of COVID-19. For any assistance on the day of the exam and answers to common technical questions check out the exam day support page.

For information about what happens after the online exams, read our post-exam FAQs.

The overview of the results from the previous examination can be found here:
NPPF Step 2 Results Overview

Oxford University Press discount for policing

The College of Policing has arranged a 30% discount off Blackstone's Police Manuals (print version not online).

Blackstone's Police Manuals are the only resources endorsed by the College of Policing for the NPPF Step Two Legal Examinations (formerly OSPRE Part 1). Manuals contain the required legal knowledge for prospective Sergeants and Inspectors and form the basis of the exam questions.

This offer is available to all Police officers and staff in England and Wales. You can find out how to get the discount code by going to the CollegeLearn beta site from the MLE and following the link. MLE links will only work on .pnn networked computers.

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