Police Preparation

NZ Certificate in Study & Career Preparation

  • Level 3 and 4
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Do you want a career with the Police? Not sure if you've got what it takes? Get rid of the anxiety and unknown by preparing for the specific requirements of the Police recruitment process.

You'll learn from experts exactly what the testing and recruitment process involves. You'll be able to make sure your literacy, numeracy and fitness levels are up to the required standards. We'll give you the push, support and confidence you need to cross the line!


Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying for fee paying programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be fees-free from 2018.

We’ve been providing fees-free study for the majority of our programmes for more than 30 years and are committed to tauira success.

To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit the Fees Free Website.


You'll learn about:

  • psychometric testing (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning)
  • PAT - Physical Appraisal Test readiness (physical fitness)
  • literacy foundation assessment
  • communication and engagement for policing.

You'll know how to:

  • complete the initial Police entry assessment
  • pass the Physical Appraisal Test.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

If you want to do more study before applying for Police College, the world is your oyster! You could move into the fitness industry, teaching, a trade and more.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be ready to complete the Police entry assessment. You'll also be prepared to apply to the Armed Services, Corrections, Customs and more.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits, taught over 36 weeks.  Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 2 x noho marae (25 hours each), and,
  • Activity directed learning (10 hours per week) including:
    • classroom based learning, and,
    • offsite activities

It is important to note that self-managed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 23 hours per week.

Workload: For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher at certain times throughout the programme.


Entry criteria:

You'll need to:

  • be at least 17 years old
  • tell us if you've got any previous criminal or traffic convictions
  • pass Police vetting
  • be proficient in English and maths
  • have a full driver's licence to enrol on this programme.

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