UCWE

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.

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.

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

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