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


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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