About the Course

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.

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 (recommended 20 - 25 hours engagement per week) see course notes below.
  2. On campus over five weeks (recommended 30 – 35 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. To register your interest in a five-week on campus session, send us an email with your contact information.

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

Examination Centres

Please note: the UCWE final on campus examination is held at a study centre in Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga . Examination centres available for each session will be dependent on demand. In exceptional circumstances, students unable to attend the planned examination date may be eligible for a second examination date – these situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis only.

Future Online Course Dates

202012GD 14 October 2019 22 December 2019 5 January 2020 12 January 2020 7 March 2020
202032GD 6 January 2020 23 February 2020 1 March 2020 9 March 2020 2 May 2020
202042GD 2 March 2020 19 April 2020 26 April 2020 4 May 2020 27 June 2020
202052GD 27 April 2020 14 June 2020 21 June 2020 29 June 2020 22 August 2020
202072GD 22 June 2020 9 August 2020 16 August 2020 24 August 2020 17 October 2020
202082GD 17 August 2020 4 October 2020 11 October 2020 19 October 2020 12 December 2020

Information Technology

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

  • Microsoft Office suite or equivalent, capable of producing / reading Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader - latest version
  • QuickTime 7 or VLC media player
  • Headphones
  • Stable internet connectivity

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