Certificate in Knowledge of Policing

The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP), was one of a number of pathways into the Police Service at Police Constable Level until 31 December 2019.

The CKP was offered through the College of Policing partner Awarding Organisations. These could be Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) approved Awarding Organisations or Higher Education Institutions which were College of Policing Approved Providers.

The CKP is a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) that accredits the curriculum.  Therefore, any candidate who achieved the CKP, will always have evidence of achieving a Level 3 qualification in its own right.

The new Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) entry requirements for Police Constable Recruits will be one of the following:

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
  • Degree Holder Entry Programme
  • A pre-join Degree in Policing

More information in relation to these entry routes can be found on our Policing Education Qualification Framework page.

CKP is a Level 3 qualification that may form an appropriate consideration toward any requirement for entrants to hold a level 3 qualification, i.e. it meets the requirement specified within Police Regulations for entrants to hold a Level 3 qualification, and this will continue to apply to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) entry route.

For additional information on former providers of the CKP please visit the Former Approved Providers of CKP.

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