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Certificate in Knowledge of Policing City & Guilds (3945-30/93) Certificate Level 3 (Roll on/off) at Cornwall College

Course description

Achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge in Policing (CKP) will help prepare those seeking recruitment to the Police Service as a Police Constable in England or Wales. The qualification is also relevant to other related roles within the Criminal Justice Sector.

The certificate is an important element of the Professional Entry into Policing Pre-Join Strategy, and accredits the knowledge and understanding which also forms part of the Diploma in Policing qualification. The Diploma in Policing is the minimum mandatory qualification which Regular Police Constables are required to achieve to be confirmed in rank and forms part of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). All those who achieve the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing through a provider approved by the College of Policing will be able to submit this as evidence of the knowledge component of the Diploma. All awarding organisations offering the Diploma in Policing recognise and accept the relationship between the CKP and Diploma in Policing.

Successful achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study.

It should be noted that all candidates need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks and undertake a series of assessments, tests and an interview at a Police SEARCH® assessment centre.

Course content

The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing course is one of a range of qualifications which can be accepted as evidence of Recognised (Accredited) Prior Learning (RPL) towards the Diploma in Policing but only represents circa 50% of the Diploma. It comprises the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) which is the required learning programme undertaken by all trainee Regular Police Constables to the Police Service of England and Wales. The course is delivered through 10 individual modules on a part-time basis with 78 hours of taught learning and an additional 10 hours of formal assessment. In addition, students are advised to undertake a minimum of 8 hours per week individual study. Candidates will be assessed throughout the course through a series of in-class and formal assessment examinations. The Induction Module includes: IND01 Underpinning Ethics / Values of the Police Service, IND02 Foster Peoples Equality, Diversity and Rights, IND03 Develop One's Own Knowledge and Practice, IND04 Develop Effective Relationships with Colleagues, IND05 Ensure your own actions reduce the risk to Health and Safety, IND06 Assess the needs of the Individual and provide advice and support, IND07 Develop Effective Partnerships with members of the Community and Other Agencies, IND10 Use Police Powers in a Fair and Just Way, IND11 Social and Community Issues and Neighbourhood Policing.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be a minimum of 19 years of age and capable of undertaking a Level 3 programme of study.

Future opportunities

There are no guarantees of employment following completion of this course. Although you may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions/cautions, there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible. If you are at all unsure, contact your chosen force for more information.

The Certificate will remain valid for a period of 4 years for those who have continuing operational experience in policing (operational Special Constables and PCSOs).

For students undertaking a Foundation Degree in Policing and those who undertake the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing as a stand-alone course the currency of the certificate will be three years from completion of the Foundation degree or the stand-alone course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cornwall College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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