Police preparation course

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Police Studies

Programme highlights

Do you want a career in the New Zealand Police? Not sure if you have the essential skills to make the grade?

Get a head start on meeting the requirements you need to get accepted into the Royal New Zealand Police College. You will also develop the self-management skills you need to succeed in your training to become a police officer.

Our classrooms are supportive learning environments that will help you become more confident and independent.

In order to be accepted into the Royal New Zealand Police College you must meet their selection criteria which includes being over 18 years, being able to pass a police check, and having a full drivers licence.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 3
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Programme code NZ2863

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks, or part-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks).

Study method

Full-time, Part-time

Credits 60
International fees NZD$8,100 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

International students

Test your English level to help you plan.

Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.


Book your British Council IELTS test with us.

You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 3-5 days.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below three courses (60 credits):

141.324 Mathematics in practice (police studies) (15 credits)

Develop and expand the students' knowledge and understanding of numeracy through authentic learning experiences in the area of Police Studies in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination in the NZ Police.

161.318 Pathway projects (police studies) (30 credits)

Progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this and the Numeracy and Literacy courses through authentic learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination in the Police Studies field.

Pathway Projects may be split into two courses

181.340 Communication in practice (police studies) (15 credits)

Develop and expand the students’ knowledge and understanding of literacy through authentic learning experiences in the Police Studies field, in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination in the NZ Police.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the police preparation calendar.

Career opportunities

Pathway to meet entry requirements into New Zealand Police.

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.