About the Course

The University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE) is one of the first steps to a career with the NSW Police Force. It will provide skills needed in a workforce and help future applicants prepare for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice and a rewarding policing career. The UCWE was developed by the NSW Police Force and students completing the UCWE will be awarded a University Certificate, which satisfies the academic prerequisites to lodge a police application with the NSW Police Force.

Students who successfully complete the UCWE will have their University Certificate recognised by the NSW Police Force for three years from the date of completion.

Read more about the UCWE modules.

Applicants must be aged 18 years or older, and an Australian citizen or permanent resident, to enrol in this course.

Please note: successful completion of the UCWE does not guarantee recruitment, selection or training as a policing student, or future employment with the NSW Police Force.

Study mode and key dates

The UCWE is offered predominantly by online distance education and studied full-time. It includes a final face-to-face examination.

Please note: the UCWE final face-to-face examination is held at a study centre in Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga. Examination centres available for each session will be dependent on demand. In exceptional circumstances, students unable to attend the planned examination date may be eligible for a second examination date - these situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis only.

Dates for the online offering are:

Session code
Commencing date
Examination date
201790 GD13 November 2017
3 February 2018
201815 GD
8 January 2018
7 April 2018
201830 GD
26 February 2018
2 June 2018
201845 GD
30 April 2018
28 July 2018
201860 GD
9 July 2018
6 October 2018
201875 GD
27 August 2018
24 November 2018
201890 GD
13 November 2018
9 February 2019

Normal course duration

  • 12 weeks online distance education
  • 5 weeks full-time

Online students should normally expect to spend 10-12 hours per week engaged in learning and assessment activities for this course.

Online study allows students to balance the course requirements with their existing work and lifestyle commitments, however this course may be offered face-to-face depending on demand. Full-time face-to-face sessions, if offered, may be run from either Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga. To register your interest in a five-week face-to-face session, send us an email with your contact information.

Information technology

Students will require a computer or laptop with the following minimum applications or equivalent to participate in the UCWE:

  • Microsoft Office suite or equivalent, capable of producing / reading Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint. Please note assessments must be submitted in Microsoft Word format
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader - latest version
  • QuickTime 7 or VLC media player
  • headphones
  • internet connectivity ability.

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