Application Checklist

Application Checklist

Application Checklist
  • 1.  Watch the seminar online

  • 2.  Submit your application and attach your CV

  • 3.  Download the preparing for police selection booklet

  • 4.  You will receive notification once we have completed initial vetting

  • 5.  Attend a Physical Appraisal Test (PAT) rehearsal

    A PAT rehearsal allows you to practice the physical appraisal test in the company of other potential recruits and our helpful recruitment staff.
    This session will not be assessed, but it is compulsory that you attend at least one prior to an Assessment Day. It is an opportunity to gauge where you are at in terms of your fitness and to get training tips for areas where you need to work on.
    To book into a PAT rehearsal in your area, please call 0800 NEWCOPS.

  • 6.  Have an initial telephone conversation

    We’ll give you call. This is a chance for us to ask you some questions and get to know you a little better.

  • 7.  Complete your Health Questionnaire

    We’ll send you a health questionnaire to complete. Depending on circumstances you may also need to complete an asthma questionnaire and/or a vision examination at this stage.

  • 8.  Submit your Recruit Additional Information

    Once your medicals have been cleared, you’ll be sent a Recruit Additional Information form.

  • 9.  Attend Assessment Day

    You will be invited to attend an Assessment Day, which will include a Physical Appraisal Test (PAT), a psychometric assessment, personality profile, and a foundation skills assessment.
    You can get more information about these in the 'Preparing for Police Selection' booklet.

  • 10.  You need to take a photocopy of the following documents and bring the copies and originals with you to the assessment day:


    • Full birth certificate (must show parents' names)
    • Passport (if you have one)
    • Proof of NZ Residency or NZ Citizenship (if applicable)
    • Educational certificates
    • Firearms Licence (if applicable)
    • NZ drivers licence
    • Marriage certificate (if applicable)

  • 11.  Our staff will conduct further vetting checks.

  • 12.  Invitation to attend Pre-Police College Distance Learning

    Once you’ve completed assessment day you may be invited to take a 12 week part-time Distance Learning course. This is a prerequisite for any person starting at the Royal NZ Police College (RNZPC) after 1 October 2015 (not required for those starting at RNZPC before this date).
    The Distance Learning course runs in parallel with the remainder of the recruitment process. It provides a base level of knowledge about policing and is run by an external tertiary education provider.

  • 13.  Obtain your Swimming Certificate of Competency

    You need a Swimming Certificate of Competency prior to attending an interview. Click here to download a PDF with swimming testing centres in your area.

  • 14.  Interview

    Attend a formal interview with our recruitment staff.

  • 15.  SCOPE tests & fingerprinting

    You will spend around 40 hours at a police station where you will observe as many different aspects of police work as possible. The officers who work with you during the 40 hours will evaluate you in relation to the core competencies required to be a police officer. You’ll also need to provide us with your fingerprints during your SCOPE placement.

  • 16.  Reference checks

    We require you to provide us with at least three referees to check your suitability. In addition to past or present employers, police may also talk to other appropriate referees such as people of good standing in the community who have known you for a significant length of time, or officials of clubs you belong to.

  • 17.  Complete a final medical questionnaire

    Undertake a final medical examination.
    This is paid for by NZ Police.

  • 18.  Accepted into the Candidate Pool!