Pre-Join Information for Forces

‚ÄčPre-Join Information for Forces

There are now a number of Approved Providers offering courses leading to the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). The range of provision includes weekend, evening and distance learning.  If you want to check that a CKP submitted by a police officer applicant was awarded by an Approved Provider, see our full list of current and former Approved Providers. (Approved Providers that are currently offering courses are listed by region on our List of Approved Providers page.)

If you wish to check the CKP qualification of a potential candidate / recruit was awarded by an Approved Provider, our full list of current and former Approved Providers can be viewed here (LINK).  Approved Providers who are currently offering courses are listed by region on our List of Approved Providers page.


The introduction of the CKP, the Pre-Join Curriculum and the Approved Provider Scheme have provided a number of benefits for forces. These include:

  • Standardisation of learning and assessment of Pre-Join provision, regardless of who delivers the learning and where it is delivered.
  • Ability for all forces to benefit from a pool of candidates provided by the private sector, further education and higher education, who have undertaken most of the underpinning knowledge element from the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).
  • Tangible cost benefits for forces, typically including:
  • course reduction (up to 10 weeks)
  • new recruits becoming operational sooner
  • trainer costs (up to 10 weeks)
  • training facility and resource costs.

A pre-application questionnaire to help candidates explore their suitability for the role of police constable, and to make a reasonably informed decision about whether to undertake the CKP or submit an application for the role of police constable, is now available

Approved Providers and completion certificates

To further strengthen the Pre-Join Approved Provider Scheme, and to provide reassurance to candidates and potential employers, Pre-Join Approved Providers are entitled to issue their students with a course completion certificate. This has been designed by the College of Policing to confirm that a student has completed an Approved Pre-Join course delivered by an Approved Provider. The completion certificate complements the actual CKP qualification certificate provided by the Awarding Organisation and carries the "Approved Pre-join Provider" logo

Support for forces

Some forces have restructured their IPLDP programme to now deliver and assess the Pre-Join curriculum (knowledge and understanding) first, then go on to deliver the remainder of the IPLDP. These candidates are not attaining the CKP qualification but rather working towards achievement of the Diploma; this is a flexible model which enables CKP holders to join the course after the knowledge and understanding phase.

If you would like to discuss similar options for your force, please contact the Approved Provider Team. We are committed to providing assistance and support to forces wishing to engage with the CKP; our staff are available to assist individual forces to discuss your needs and options, including conversion courses to the Diploma, the Approved Provider Scheme, Assessment, Delivery etc.

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