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We will invite you to enrol in a pre-police college distance learning course after completing your formal interview. The course is a pre-requisite before you can start at the Royal NZ Police College (RNZPC).

The 12-week course is provided by Unitec and runs alongside (in parallel with) the remainder of the selection process – so it will not delay you from getting into the candidate pool.

The Distance Learning course will require you to study part-time for approximately 12-15 hours per week. The purpose is to provide a base level of knowledge and understanding about policing. The benefit of this course is that it allows police to give you more applied real-world training once you get to the RNZPC.

 

A quick Q&A about Distance Learning
Here are some common questions about distance learning and CFIT
What’s the enrolment process?

Our recruitment staff will invite you to enrol in CFIT after you’ve successfully completed your formal interview.

What are the entry requirements to the Distance Learning course?

You need to successfully complete the police assessment day and the formal interview. and show a certain level of language, numeracy, and digital competency.

What are the dates for Distance Learning?

2019 Cohort 

Enrolment 

Course Start 

Course End 

36

18-22 January  

28 January

21 April

37

8-12 February

18 February

13 May 

38

1-5 March  

11 March  

2 June

39

22-26 March

1 April

23 June

40

12-16 April  

22 April 

14 July

41

3-7 May

13 May

4 August

42

24-28 May

3 June

25 August

43

14-18 June

24 June

15 September 

44

5-9 July

15 July

6 October 

45

26-30 July

5 August

27 October 

46

16-20 August

26 August

17 November 

47

6-10 September

16 September

8 December 

 

What does the Distance Learning course cover?

There are four modules over 12 weeks, starting orientation, followed by coursework covering:

  1. Orientation/introduction
  2. Why we’re here - police's purpose, vision and mission
  3. What we do - key operational strategies
  4. How we do it - our values, code of conduct and the future of policing excellence

The course includes online, face-to-face, virtual classroom, distance and self-directed learning. Teaching materials are provided in a variety of formats.

What does the Distance Learning course cost?

The cost is $715.

If this cost is a hurdle, please don't be discouraged. You may need to take a little more time and save up to be able to enrol in a later course, or alternatively consider getting a personal loan.

Remember, this is a worthwhile investment in an exciting future career.

If this cost is a real barrier for you make sure you talk to your Selection Specialist.

'User-pays' fees for vocational qualifications leading to employment is common to many professions, such as nursing, para-medicine, social work, and teaching. Requiring an academic qualification for the role of a recruit at New Zealand Police is no different.

Unlike most professions, the Police pay you a salary while you are training at Police College ($38,358 gross per annum total package $42,472), which works out to $1,471 gross per fortnight during the 16-week training period.

What are the payment methods?

Unitec only accepts full payment upfront, which can be by credit card, debit card or cheque. You can also go to one of their campuses and pay by EFTPOS or cash.

What happens once I complete distance learning?

Once you have completed all of the other application assessments and requirements, you will be placed in the candidate pool for a potential call up to the RNZPC.

What happens if my application is declined after I have started the course?

You may complete the course or withdraw, it is up to you. However, you won’t be able to get a refund from either the police or Unitec.

Your CFIT Journey
Your CFIT Journey

Career Foundation Initial Training, Better known as ‘CFIT’, it starts before your time at the RNZPC and continues until two years beyond police college while you are still a probationary constable. It gives you the essential grounding to be a Police Officer. There are 4 stages in total:

Stage 1 - Pre-Police College Distance Learning

You’ll gain a base level of knowledge and understanding before you get to RNZPC. Successful completion is a pre-requisite for all everyone who starts at RNZPC.

Stage 2 - Police College Learning

At the RNZPC you’ll develop an in-depth and applied understanding of safety, defensive tactics, and real-world operational training. You’ll increase your “situational awareness” ready for when you are deployed to a police station as a probationary constable.

Stage 3 - Post-Police College Workplace

Training In your first two years on the job, you’ll do workplace assessments and gain qualifications. There will also be a programme of workplace standards and assessments to demonstrate your competencies in core policing tasks.

Stage 4 – You qualify

After two years on the frontline, you’ll take a two-week qualifying course when you’ll receive advice on career development and specialising in your areas of interest. Your core policing knowledge and skills will be assessed to check you can do what’s required of every General Duties Constable.

Once completed, you’ll graduate as a fully-qualified Police Officer.