University Certificate in Workforce Essentials

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If you are considering a policing career with the NSW Police Force, one of the first steps will be completing a foundation level program called the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE). The UCWE replaces the previous minimum academic requirement and is a mandatory requirement for all future NSW Police Force applicants.

The NSW Police Force wants to prepare recruits for the challenges of the Constable Education Program / Associate Degree in Policing Practice and to succeed in their chosen career. The Learning Modules were designed by the NSW Police Force and provide enrolled students with common foundational learning linked to qualities we highly value:

  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • decision-making and problem-solving
  • engagement
  • leadership and teamwork
  • personal resilience
  • professionalism
  • self-reflection

Successful students will be awarded a University Certificate which contributes to the NSW Police Force recruitment selection ranking score. Read more about ranking scores.

After you successfully complete the UCWE and the NSWPF recruitment phases, you may be offered a police recruit position and enrolment in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) at Charles Sturt University. The first year in the ADPP will include a field observation placement, then after attestation you’ll undertake the second year while employed as a probationary constable. Successfully finish the second year and you’ll be confirmed as a constable.

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.

The NSW Police Force will recognise the learning currency of the UCWE for three years when satisfactorily completed up to 31 December 2018, and for one year when satisfactorily completed after 1 January 2019. The UCWE only needs to be current (expiry date) on the date an application to join the NSW Police Force (Professional Suitability Application (PSA)) is submitted. The UCWE does not need to remain current during the PSA/recruitment processing or when undertaking the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) as a policing student.

Admission Requirements

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

New Zealand citizens to note: As a New Zealand citizen, you are eligible to apply for this course. However, please note that the NSW Police Force Recruitment website states that applicants must be an Australian citizen (by birth, naturalisation or citizenship) or hold a current Australian Permanent Resident Visa (a Subclass 444 Special Category Visa is acceptable) to apply to join the NSW Police Force.

Please read the information on the NSW Police Force Recruitment website in relation to Australian Citizenship and Permanent Residency.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you are required to meet CSU English language requirements by doing one of the following:

  • Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English; OR
  • Obtaining Academic IELTS, within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5; OR
  • Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and it's minimum scores) by CSU

Read more about CSU English language requirements.

The UCWE is now available for enrolments with Charles Sturt University.


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