Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP)

About the CKP

The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) is a national qualification introduced by the College of Policing.

It is now a requirement by many forces, including South Wales Police, that applicants have achieved a CKP within the last three years prior to application.

As well as being a qualification in its own right, the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing also provides credits towards the Diploma in Policing qualification which will be achieved during an officer’s probationary period. The Diploma is a requirement for all new police constables, and is the national minimum professional qualification. In addition, it gives candidates an official qualification and allows future police officers to take responsibility for their learning.

How does the South Wales CKP Course work?

The CKP is a modular qualification, made up of 10 units at Level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. It is demanding, and requires commitment from students as it involves approximately 300 hours of study, of which approximately 100 hours is classroom based, trainer led contact time. The remainder is made up of home study.
In order to prepare for these sessions, students will be given a timetable of topics at the start of the course which should be read prior to attending the classroom based sessions.
To successfully complete the CKP programme, students will need to pass five individual assessment papers validated by Skills for Justice Awards, the awarding body for the qualification.
Two part time course options are available, one that is completed during evenings only (3 x evenings per fortnight) and one that includes one evening and one weekend day per fortnight. Both options are 20 weeks in duration.
What will I learn on the CKP course?

The CKP gives you an understanding of policing and police law, and enables you to demonstrate some of the critical decision-making skills required for the job. It covers a wide range of subjects in the following National Policing Curriculum categories:

  • Ensuring Public Safety
  • Protecting Vulnerable People
  • Preventing and Reducing Crime
  • Maximising Information and Intelligence
  • Conducting Investigations
  • Supporting Victims
  • Communication
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Leadership and Management
Does the CKP guarantee me entry to the police?

Whilst achieving the CKP will help prepare you for recruitment to the police service, it does not guarantee recruitment as a police constable.
Every police force in England and Wales sets its own recruitment process and selection policy, and entry requirements vary from force to force.
Please note that during the recruitment process, all candidates need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks, and must undertake a series of assessments, tests and an interview at a Police SEARCH® assessment centre.
Candidates wishing to join South Wales Police will also be required to successfully complete the South Wales Police multiple choice question (MCQ) exam as part of the recruitment process.

How much does the CKP qualification cost to complete with South Wales Police?

The total cost of the CKP course is £944 – Unfortunately, there is currently no option to pay by instalments. The fee must therefore be paid in full .
This includes awarding body registration, all tutoring and access to all resource materials.

CKP Resource Materials

South Wales Police give their students access to CKP-related materials on the National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies (NCALT) website as standard, for a period of three years.
We strongly recommend that you take advantage of this valuable resource, which will enable you to maintain the currency of your knowledge after you have completed the Certificate.
We will provide access to an online platform for students to interact with each other and ask any questions of the trainers between sessions. This will also be the platform used by the trainers to upload lesson material following any taught sessions, along with updates throughout the course.

How do I apply for the next CKP course with South Wales Police?

The next CKP course is due to commence in Jan 2017. Registration for this course is now closed