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Police and Defence Force Preparation

Level 3

Looking to join the Police or one of the New Zealand Defence Forces? We’ll make sure you’re ready with fitness, swimming and real-life tests.

Why choose this course

This is the perfect course for anyone inspired to join the New Zealand Police Force, security organisations, the NZ Defence Force, or going on to further study. 

During this course you will:

  • Gain real insight from New Zealand Police Officers and Defence Force personnel.
  • Visit locations such as the Royal New Zealand Police College (Wellington campus only), Defence Force sites, New Zealand Police, and Government facilities.
  • Train hard to meet the fitness requirements of the New Zealand Police and Defence Force,  including the 2.4km run, press-ups, beep test, curl-ups, grip test, and the 50m swim.
  • Complete a Royal New Zealand Police College mock-test. 

Course Content

Gain unlimited access to specialist fitness information, and train with our leading fitness courses, to reach the fitness requirements of the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Defence Forces. With literacy, numeracy and law courses, this comprehensive course will enhance your study & career opportunities.

You can earn 60 credits over the course of 16 weeeks! On completion, you will achieve the Qualification in New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Pre-Police Proficiency).

You will learn invaluable skills, knowledge, and capabilities along the way:

  • New Zealand Law (including Road law, Domestic Violence law)
  • New Zealand Civil Defence Industry
  • Civil Defence-related physical training
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Basic computer data analysis skills
  • Achievment of Police and Defence Force required fitness levels
  • Physical Self-Defence techniques
  • First Aid delivery and recovery aid – earn your First Aid Certificate
  • Swim training to meet the Police and Navy swimming requirements 

Study & Career Opportunities

  • New Zealand Royal Police Academy
  • Emergency Services
  • Defence Force roles
  • Civil Defence roles

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Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $3,054.90
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink

Qualifications Awarded

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

2020 Intakes

Auckland Campus

27 July 2020 
17 August 2020

Wellington Campus

25 May 2020
27 July 2020 

Christchurch Campus

01 June 2020
27 July 2020 


This course is offered in our Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch campuses.


16 weeks

Entry Requirements

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

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • NCEA Level 2 or equivalent
  • Pass a Police Security background check
  • Be a competent swimmer (50 metres in approximately 55 secs)