Ranking & the Eligibility Pool

What is the ranking process?

All applicants will be ranked in order of merit based upon the successful outcome of three (3) individual assessments:

  1. Academic eligibility
  2. Police Entrance Exam
  3. Face-to-face interview

These three (3) components are scored independently and when combined will provide each applicant with an overall Professional Suitability ranking score.  The scores are used to rank applicants on the eligibility pool list and to select specific applicants for progression into the next phase of the recruitment process.


What is the eligibility pool?

Applicants who have successfully completed all requirements of our recruitment process are ranked and placed on the eligibility pool list.

The eligibility pool list is 'dynamic', meaning an applicant's position in the pool is not locked and will fluctuate as additional applicants are scored and placed onto the eligibility pool list.   Similarly, as applicants are selected and transition from the eligibility pool list into the Associate Degree in Policing Practice, positions within the eligibility pool list will change.


Academic Qualifications and Academic Ranking Scores

The NSW Police Force recognises previous academic and tertiary qualifications as part of our recruitment eligibility and competitive ranking process.

An assessment of an applicant’s academic qualifications is one of three separate scored components of the NSW Police Force’s competitive recruitment elements. The total overall maximum Academic Score an applicant can achieve is 40 points.

Academic ranking is a combination of:

1)         Academic qualifications an applicant has achieved; and

2)         Final grade for completing the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE).

Below are some examples:

Example 1 – Applicant A did not obtain the Higher School Certificate and has completed 2 years of a policing specific bachelor degree programme. A wants to join the NSW Police Force and enrolls and completes the UCWE where they are awarded a ‘High Distinction’ Grade. A’s academic score will be in the high band (30-40).

Example 2 – Applicant B completed the Higher School Certificate and received an ATAR score of 55. B undertook further study and obtained an AQF Advanced Diploma. B wants to join the NSW Police Force and enrolls and completes the UCWE where B is awarded a ‘Distinction’ grade. B’s academic score will be in the high band (30-40).

Example 3 –Applicant C completed their Higher School Certificate and received an ATAR score of 74. C undertook further study and obtained an AQF Certificate IV. C wants to join the NSW Police Force and enrols and completes the UCWE where C is awarded a ‘Pass’ grade. C’s academic score will be in the mid-range band (15-30).

Example 4 – Applicant D completed the Higher School Certificate and received an ATAR of 66. D entered the workforce and successfully completed a Certificate III with a full trade apprenticeship. D wants to join the NSW Police Force and enrolls and completes the UCWE where D is awarded a ‘Distinction’ grade. D’s academic score will be in the mid-range band (15-30).

Example 5 – Applicant E completed the Higher School Certificate but did not receive an ATAR score. E wants to join the NSW Police Force and completes the UCWE where E is awarded a ‘High Distinction’ grade. E will receive a low range score (12-15)

Example 6 – Applicant F did not complete High School and never completed any further study. F wants to join the NSW Police Force and enrolls and completes the UCWE where F is awarded a ‘Credit’ grade. F will receive a low range score (8-15)

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