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 (links below).  The 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 Liaison.

2020 Examination Dates:

  • Tuesday 24 November 2020 

Registration for the November 2020 exam will open on 12 October 2020. Force deadlines may be earlier. Please contact your NIE Liaison Officer for more details.

2021 Examination Dates:

  • 2nd March 2021
  • 8th June 2021
  • 14th September 2021
  • 30th November 2021

Registration dates will be announced shortly. Candidates should check with their NIE Liaison Contact.

Candidates taking the 2020 examinations should refer to the NIE Candidate Handbook (2020) for details on applying.

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.

Candidates taking the 2021 examinations should refer to the NIE 2021 Syllabus.

Reasonable Adjustments and Accommodations

Candidates who wish to request a reasonable adjustment or accommodation for the examination should refer to the NIE 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 for each examination.

Further Information

If candidates have additional queries after reading the NIE Candidate Handbook (2020) they should contact their Force NIE Liaison 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 Liaison. The contact details for the Selection and Assessment Unit can be found within the Candidate Handbook.

For further questions be sure to consult the online exams FAQ page.

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

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

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