About the Course

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


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 workplace and help future applicants prepare for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) 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.

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.

NSW Police Force Recruitment

The University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE) is designed to prepare you for the challenges of the Constable Education Program / Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP), and set you up for a rewarding policing career. The Modules you study will provide you with common foundational learning linked to qualities highly valued by the NSW Police Force.

Students may lodge their Professional Suitability Application (PSA) (the application to join the NSW Police Force) from the UCWE course commencement date. Ensure you read the eligibility requirements set out on the NSW Police Force Recruitment website.

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.

Study Mode and Key Dates

The UCWE is offered online and includes a final on campus examination.

There are two options to study the UCWE:

  1. Online over eight weeks (average of 20 hours engagement per week) see course notes below.
  2. On campus over five weeks (average of 32 hours engagement per week) no courses scheduled for 2020 or 2021.

This course will be offered online over eight weeks and five weeks on campus, depending on demand. On campus sessions, if offered, may be run from either Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga.

Register your interest

To register your interest in a five-week on campus session, send us an email with your contact information.

In your email, please include your:

  • full name
  • postal address
  • phone number.

Please note: There are no five weeks on campus sessions scheduled for 2020 or 2021.

Examination Centres

Please note: the UCWE final exam is held online at your home and is a closed book exam (refer to the exam dates in the schedule below). In exceptional circumstances, students unable to complete the exam on the scheduled examination date may be eligible for a second examination date - these situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Future Online Course Dates

202112GD 12 October 2020 1 January 2021 8 January 2021 11 January 2021 5 March 2021 6 March 2021
202132GD 4 January 2021 26 February 2021 5 March 2021 8 March 2021 30 April 2021 1 May 2021
202142GD 1 March 2021 23 April 2021 30 April 2021 3 May 2021 25 June 2021 26 June 2021
202152GD 26 April 2021 18 June 2021 25 June 2021 28 June 2021 20 August 2021 21 August 2021
202172GD 21 June 2021 13 August 2021 20 August 2021 23 August 2021 15 October 2021 16 October 2021
202182GD 16 August 2021 8 October 2021 15 October 2021 18 October 2021 10 December 2021 11 December 2021

Information Technology

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

  • Microsoft Office suite or equivalent, capable reading Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader - latest version
  • QuickTime 7 or VLC media player
  • Headphones and/or speakers to listen to recorded learning content and to participate in online sessions
  • Stable internet connectivity

Note: Assessments cannot be undertaken on a mobile phone or tablet device.

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