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.

You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 3
Domestic fees

$3,300 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Available (eligibility criteria applies)

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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 Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Not available

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Qualification leads to

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

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/

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.

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 10 June 2022. 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 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 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 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. 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 and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.