The Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP) is a means towards achieving the Diploma in Policing. The Diploma is a requirement for all new police constables, and is the national minimum professional qualification.
The CKP gives candidates an official qualification and allows future police officers to take responsibility for their learning.
If you achieve the CKP through a provider approved by the College of Policing, you will be able to submit this as evidence of the knowledge component of the Diploma in Policing, which forms part of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).
All awarding organisations offering the Diploma in Policing recognise and accept the relationship between the CKP and the Diploma.
How does the CKP course work?
The CKP is a modular qualification, made up of 10 units at Level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. It involves approximately 300 hours of study, of which about 100 hours are directed learning and the rest are made up of home study.
It is assessed through a mixture of methods including tests, open-book assignments and closed-book assignments. A range of delivery options are available, including full-time, part-time, evenings only, weekends only and distance learning.
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:
- Ethics and Values
- Personal and Public Safety
- Information Management/ICT
- Community Engagement and Crime Prevention
- Forensics and Evidence Gathering
- Public Protection
- Crime and Investigation
- Planned Operations and Emergency Procedures.