Certificate in Preparation for Law Enforcement (Level 3)

Do you have what it takes to work in a position of trust in law enforcement, armed forces or the security industry? Complete this 12-week course and find out. We have an awesome pass rate for our graduates who sit the police entry tests!

This certificate develops the academic skills, fitness levels and personal discipline you’ll need to work in a range of jobs, and is preparation for further career training including Police College and the compulsory online 12 week study portion of the Police CFIT programme (see www.newcops.co.nz for more information).

You’ll explore the way the police and justice system works, develop your literacy, numeracy, and abstract reasoning skills, get assertiveness training, learn how to deal with aggressive people, study the Treaty of Waitangi and develop your first aid and computer skills.

Fitness is a vital part of our course. To enrol, be prepared to run 2.4km in 15 minutes or less and demonstrate a minimum number of push-ups*. The programme accelerates your fitness and improves your swimming skills to meet all the New Zealand Police physical fitness and swimming requirements.

You’ll also enjoy completing the PCT (Physical Competency Test), plus take field trips to explore local historical treaty sites and the local courthouse. You’ll be involved in an armed services recruitment training morning to gain valuable insights into a range of defence enforcement roles.

All of the above will help you figure out which career will suit you best. The skills you’ll learn will greatly enhance your readiness for being accepted into the New Zealand Armed Forces or New Zealand Police.

Watch our 'behind the scenes' law enforcement training video on YouTube and see what it's really like on the course.

* Men: min 10 full body push-ups, women: min 5 full body push-ups or 15 knee push-ups – programme entry levels only.

Content Details

Programme Topics Covered:

  • Law Enforcement Skills - Exploring roles within the Police, understanding New Zealand law and the New Zealand justice system
  • Personal Skills - Extending written skills to those expected of officers, developing communication skills to deal with aggressive people
  • Personal Skills – Developing personal awareness, communication and written skills
  • Technical Skills - Confirming computing skills, and achieving a First Aid qualification
  • Cultural Diversity Awareness - Understanding the Treaty of Waitangi and increasing appreciation of the cultural diversity of New Zealand
  • Enforcement Services' Entry Requirements - Completing the New Zealand Police Swim Certificate, undertaking a 12 week fitness programme and developing competency in numeracy, literacy and abstract reasoning test skills


The programme is 12 weeks in duration with classes scheduled for approximately 22 hours per week. You will also be required to undertake important self-directed study of up to 20 hours per week.

Classes are usually Monday to Wednesday between 8.00am and 4.00pm.

The Hamilton programme is taught at the University of Waikato.

Extra intakes may be available in Rotorua or Whakatane in September. Please enquire if this is of interest to you.

4 Sep 2017Full-timeWhakatane12 weeks
4 Sep 2017Full-timeHamilton12 weeks
4 Sep 2017Full-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks
FebruaryFull-timeHamilton12 weeks
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks
MayFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks
MayFull-timeHamilton12 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $1,954.00

2017 international students $11,472.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Certificate in Preparation for Law Enforcement (Level 3)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • New Zealand Police Swim Certificate

Career Opportunities

  • Police officer
  • Prison guard
  • Armed forces
  • Security guard
  • Working in positions of trust

Further Study Options

  • New Zealand Police College
  • New Zealand Prison Staff College
  • New Zealand Armed Forces
  • Bachelor in Social Sciences, Education or Law

Entry Criteria

  • A reading, writing and numeracy test 
  • You must be 17 years of age or older
  • Physical fitness requirements: Men: Complete a 2.4km run in a maximum of 15 minutes and 10 full body press-ups. Women: Complete a 2.4km run in a maximum of 16 minutes and 5 full body press-ups (or 15 knee press-ups)


  • reading, writing and numeracy test
  • fitness test
  • Police entry requirements -  what is being looked for:
    • Motivation, commitment and ability to succeed on programme
    • Awareness of Police/Service eligibility requirements and Police vetting (applicant sign off)      

Evidence to bring:

  • Supporting information such as; school results and vocational awards, references: school, work or personal, evidence of sporting or other activities

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic or fitness entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to your acceptance onto the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.