Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol in the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE)?

Lodge an online application with Charles Sturt University.

Can I defer my place in the UCWE?

No, this course is not able to be deferred.

When can I submit a police application to the NSW Police Force?

Future police applicants can submit their police application (Professional Suitability Application – PSA) from the commencement date of the UCWE session in which they are enrolled.

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.

Why do I have to complete the UCWE to join the NSW Police Force?

This course is designed to better prepare applicants for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice and a career with the NSW Police Force.

Does completing the UCWE guarantee me entry to the NSW Police Force?

No. Achieving the UCWE will help prepare for a career in the NSW Police Force, however it does not guarantee recruitment, training or selection as a policing student.

What will I study in the UCWE?

Please visit the Course structure page for a full list of Learning Module topics.

Is the UCWE offered full-time and online?

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.

How long does the UCWE take to complete?

This course takes eight weeks online or five weeks on campus (if offered).

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

Do I need a computer or laptop to do the UCWE?

Yes. Visit the About the course page for information technology requirements.

Do I get a grade score for completing the UCWE?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the UCWE will be graded as Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction.

How much does the UCWE cost?

The cost of study in 2020 is $1,658 (upfront). Information about FEE-HELP and deferring fees is available on the Cost of study page.

What do I have to do to pass the UCWE?


On campus exams will not apply during the COVID-19 situation - all exams will be online.

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You will need to successfully complete online assessments, as well as undertaking a final written examination at an examination centre in Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga.

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

No. Recognition of Prior Learning will not be awarded for the UCWE.

What happens if I fail?

Students can apply for admission to another session offering of the UCWE. However, students who fail the UCWE twice are excluded from admission to another session for 12 months from the end of the session in which they received their second fail grade.

Can I repeat the UCWE to gain a better final grade?


I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Public Safety and Security or the Bachelor of Policing. Do I have to complete the UCWE?

Yes. All applicants seeking a career in the NSW Police Force must successfully complete the UCWE as part of the mandatory requirements to lodge a police application with the NSW Police Force.

What assistance does the University provide for mature age students and students commencing tertiary study for the first time?

If it has been some time since you have studied, STUDY LINK subjects are available. Visit STUDY LINK for information. Once you are a student in the program, CSU Academic Skills Advisers provide individual and group workshops, together with information packs on topics such as time management; effective reading and note taking; essay writing; assignment techniques and exam preparation.

How do I obtain my student transcript after I complete the UCWE?

Once you successfully complete the UCWE and grades are released, you will receive an email with login details to access your digital student transcript via My eQuals.

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