University Certificate in Workforce Essentials

COVID-19 NSW Police Force Recruitment Branch Special Announcement

With the spread of COVID-19 and the impact this has had on the community and particularly those in the workforce, we have been looking at ways to help in our own small way. To that end, for the next six (6) months only (06/07/2020 to 31/01/2021) if you have completed the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE) which is the mandatory pre-qualifying course through Charles Sturt University in the last 3 years (06/07/2017 to 06/07/2020) and have NOT lodged an application with the NSWPF, we will NOW accept a NSWPF application without you having to renew the UCWE.

With a starting salary before overtime and penalty rates of $73k, there has never been a better time to join the NSWPF. Policing is a diverse career and specialist areas such as Airwing, Dog Unit, Highway Patrol, Water Police, and Police Rescue may be available after initial operational tenure as a general duties officer.

For more information head to police.nsw.gov.au/recruitment

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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 learning content Modules were designed by the NSW Police Force and provide students with common foundational learning linked to qualities highly valued in policing:

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

The UCWE prepares students for the challenges of the Constable Education Program / Associate Degree in Policing Practice should they be offered a police recruit position.

Successful students will be awarded the UCWE which is the mandatory requirement to lodge an application to join the NSW Police Force.

NSW Police Force Recruitment

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. After satisfactory completion of the ADPP’s first two sessions, you are attested and undertake the second year of the ADPP whilst employed as a probationary constable. Successfully finish the second year and you will be confirmed as a constable.

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.

Once you have enrolled in the UCWE and received the Confirmation of Enrolment email from Charles Sturt, you may then submit your application to join the NSW Police Force. You MUST upload a copy of the Confirmation of Enrolment email with your application to join. Once received, your police application will be allocated to a NSW Police Recruitment case officer who will commence processing your application. Ensure you read the eligibility requirements set out on the NSW Police Force Recruitment website BEFORE you submit your application.

Remember that it is your responsibility to check all of the mandatory requirements you must meet, to enable your application to proceed. In particular, read the medical requirements set out in the medical form.

If you have a disability or injury, such as: dyslexia or hearing impairment, or anything else that may affect your ability to study or sit examinations and assessments effectively, please inform the UCWE Team so they can provide you with student support services contacts.

Also, please contact the NSW Police Force Recruitment Branch on 1800 222 122, to ascertain if your disability or injury may affect your potential recruitment to the NSW Police Force. It is your responsibility to do so.

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.

UCWE 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.

UCWE 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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