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Police Preparation (Level 3)

LevelLevel 3
Level16 weeks

Looking to join the Police or NZ Defence Force? This is the perfect course for anyone inspired to join the NZ Police, NZ Defence Force or move into the security industry but need some help to prepare your mental and physical fitness so you’re ready to nail the recruitment and selection process.


Whether you want to become a Police Officer, Firefighter or join the Army, Navy or Air Force, we’ll prepare your mental and physical fitness to help you get into shape to take on the recruitment and selection process in this industry. 

You’ll gain unlimited access to specialist fitness information, train in our leading fitness courses to reach the requirements you need for the NZ Police and Defence Force. Our purpose-built onsite gym and local community facilities will get you fit and ready for a 2.4km run, press-ups, beep tests, curl-ups, grip test, and a 50m swim. From here you’ll have the opportunity to complete a Royal New Zealand Police College mock-test. 

You will also learn invaluable skills, knowledge as you build confidence in your own capabilities with the support of our experienced tutors who will guide you through literacy, numeracy and law requirements to help enhance your study and career opportunities to take you to the next level.  


During this course you will:

  • Get insight on the New Zealand Law, including Road law and Domestic Violence law 

  • Explore the New Zealand Civil Defence Industry 

  • Take part in the Civil Defence-related physical training 

  • Learn about the emergency response procedures 

  • Develop basic computer data analysis skills 

  • Train and complete the Police required fitness levels 

  • Learn about physical self-defence techniques 

  • Earn your First Aid Certificate through delivery and recovery aid 

  • Take part in swim training to meet the Police swimming requirements

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Entry is open to domestic students only, on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Hold NCEA Level 2 or equivalent

  • Pass a Police Security background check

  • Be a competent swimmer (50 metres in approximately 55 secs)

  • Be physically fit   

  • Hold a learners drivers license (minimum)

  • Undertake a face to face or telephone interview

- Course costs for New Zealand domestic students are available here

- Course costs for international students are available here


If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free. Ask one of our course advisors to help or visit the Fees Free website. 


If you meet certain conditions, you may be eligible for a student loan and allowances. 

Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit 

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Pre-Police Proficiency) (Level 3)




Course Start Dates





NZMA Christchurch 194 edit

Career Outcomes

  • New Zealand Royal Police Academy

  • New Zealand Police Communicator roles

  • Emergency Services

  • Security organisations




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