Thinking about joining the police? Did you know that you now need to gain a Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP) qualification before you can apply to the Metropolitan Police Service?
The Met has recently announced that all new recruits will need to complete this course before even applying to become a warranted constable, and the practice is expected to be rolled out in other forces across the UK soon.
Nescot is offering the Level 3 CKP qualification from September as a part-time course, with two three-hour sessions per week over 12 weeks.
The course covers areas including supporting victims, interviewing suspects and searching people and property, as well as conducting investigations.
It covers a major part of the Diploma in Policing, which new recruits must complete before the end of their probation in order to be confirmed as a constable.
Candidates must achieve at least 23 credits, and assessment is via multiple choice and short-answer exam papers.
The qualification is aimed at civilians who want to join the Met, as well as those already employed by the force as Police Community Support Officers or support staff.
The qualification was launched to help standardise training for new recruits across the force.
Nescot will be the first college in Surrey to offer the CKP, and tuition is £720 plus a registration fee of £100.
You can find out more about the course here.