Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol in the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE)?

Lodge an online application with Charles Sturt University.

Can I defer my place in the UCWE?

No, this course is not able to be deferred.

When can I submit a police application to the NSW Police Force?

If you accelerate the duration of the 12-week course, you are required to submit your police application by the end of the third week in the session.  Other future police applicants can submit their police application after the census date of their UCWE session; or at any time after its satisfactory completion. Satisfactory completion of the UCWE until on or before 31 December 2018 will be accepted by the NSW Police Force for three years. Satisfactory completion of the UCWE on or after 1 January 2019, will be accepted by the NSW Police Force for one year.

Why do I have to complete the UCWE to join the NSW Police Force?

This course is designed to better prepare applicants for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice and a career with the NSW Police Force.

Does completing the UCWE guarantee me entry to the NSW Police Force?

No. Achieving the UCWE will help prepare for a career in the NSW Police Force, however it does not guarantee recruitment, training or selection as a policing student.

What will I study in the UCWE?

Please visit the Course structure page for a full list of the modules and module information.

Is the UCWE offered full-time and online?

There are three options to study the UCWE:

  • Online over 12 weeks (recommended 12 – 15 hours engagement per week)
  • Acceleration of the 12-week session to six-weeks is offered to students who meet the eligibility criteria* (recommended 25 – 30 hours per week engaged in learning and assessment activities)
  • Face-to-face over five weeks (recommended 30 – 35 hours engagement per week).

This course will be offered online online over 12 weeks and five weeks face-to-face, depending on demand. Face-to-face sessions, if offered, may be run from either Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga. To register your interest in a five-week face-to-face session, send us an email with your contact information.

How long does the UCWE take to complete?

This course takes six or 12 weeks online (6 weeks if accelerated), or five weeks face-to-face.

Do I need a computer or laptop to do the UCWE?

Yes. Visit the About the course page for information technology requirements.

Do I get a grade score for completing the UCWE?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the UCWE will be graded as Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction.

How much does the UCWE cost?

The cost of study in 2018 is $1,580 (upfront) for each equivalent 8 point subject. Rates and income thresholds quoted are as at 2018 and are subject to annual review Further information about FEE-HELP and deferring fees is available on the Cost of study page.

What do I have to do to pass the UCWE?

You will need to successfully complete online assessments and activities, as well as undertaking a final written examination at an examination centre in Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga.

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

No. Recognition of Prior Learning will not be awarded for the UCWE.

What happens if I fail?

Students can re-enrol.

Can I repeat the UCWE to gain a better final grade?


I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing) or the Bachelor of Policing. Do I have to complete the UCWE?

Yes. All applicants seeking a career in the NSW Police Force must successfully complete the UCWE as part of the mandatory requirements to lodge a police application with the NSW Police Force.

What happens after I complete the UCWE?

Once you successfully complete the UCWE and receive your student transcript via MyQuals, (or if offered earlier application by the NSW Police Force whilst you are studying the UCWE) you can lodge a police application for the NSW Police Force.

Can I complete the Police Entrance Examination (literacy and reasoning assessment) before the UCWE?

Yes. The NSW Police Force literacy and reasoning assessments are known as the Police Entrance Examination. The tests can be completed either before or after completing the UCWE. To learn more about the Police Entrance Examination, visit the Police Entrance Examination page.

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