National Investigators' Examination

The National Investigators’ Examination (NIE) is Phase 2 of the Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP 2).  The NIE is designed to identify those candidates who have sufficient levels of knowledge, understanding and application of relevant law and procedure to perform effectively in the PIP 2 and as a trainee investigator. 

Any candidate wishing to undertake PIP 2 must sit the NIE first and must refer to the  NIE Candidate Handbook 2019 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 NIE Liason.

2019 Examination Dates:

  • 3rd September 2019 (Registration now closed) 
  • 26th November 2019 (Closing date for registration is 1st October 2019)

2020 Examination Dates:

  • 3rd March 2020
  • 2nd June 2020
  • 8th September 2020
  • 24th November 2020

Please refer to the NIE Candidate Handbook 2019 for details on applying.

Candidates should be aware that the above dates are the final dates for registration forms to reach the Selection and Assessment Unit.  Forces may have earlier dates that candidate’s need to submit their registration forms by.  Candidates should check with their NIE Liaison Contact.

Candidates sitting any of the National Investigator’s Examinations in 2019 should refer to the NIE Candidate Statement Jan 2019 which relates to some minor changes in the Investigators Manual. Any questions in these areas will be worded as per the wording in the statement.
Date issued: December 2018

Reasonable Adjustments and Accommodations

Candidates who wish to request a reasonable adjustment or accommodation for the examination should refer to the NIE Candidate Handbook 2019 and the College of Policing Selection & Assessments' Policy on Accommodations and Reasonable Adjustments. Reports to support Reasonable Adjustment requests must be submitted to the College of Policing no later than the registration closure date for each examination.

Further Information

If candidates have additional queries after reading the NIE Candidate Handbook 2019 they should contact their Force NIE Liason 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 NIE Liason. The contact details for the Selection and Assessment Unit can be found within the Candidate Handbook.

Candidates may find the Preparation and Practicalities for taking Exams document useful in their preparation stages for the exam.

The overview of the results from the previous examination can be found here:
NIE Results Overview

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