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We will invite you to enrol in a pre-police college distance learning course after completing your formal interview. The course is a pre-requisite before you can start at the Royal NZ Police College (RNZPC).

The 12-week course is provided by Unitec and runs alongside (in parallel with) the remainder of the selection process – so it will not delay you from getting into the candidate pool.

The Distance Learning course will require you to study part-time for approximately 12-15 hours per week. The purpose is to provide a base level of knowledge and understanding about policing. The benefit of this course is that it allows police to give you more applied real-world training once you get to the RNZPC.


A quick Q&A about Distance Learning
Here are some common questions about distance learning and CFIT
What’s the enrolment process?

Our recruitment staff will invite you to enrol in CFIT after you’ve successfully completed your formal interview.

What are the entry requirements to the Distance Learning course?

You need to successfully complete the police assessment day and the formal interview. and show a certain level of language, numeracy, and digital competency.

What are the dates for Distance Learning?

2021 Cohort 


Course Start 

Course End 


15-19 January

25 January

18 April


12-16 February

22 February

16 May


12-16 March

22 March

13 June 


16-20 April

26 April

18 July 


14-18 May

24 May

15 August 


11-15 June

21 June

12 September 


9-13 July

19 July

10 October 


13-17 August

23 August 14 November


10-14 September 20 September 12 December


15-19 October 25 October 06 February 2022 (3 week break)


12-19 November 22 November 06 March 2022 (3 week break)
What does the Distance Learning course cover?

There are four modules over 12 weeks, starting orientation, followed by coursework covering:

  1. Orientation/introduction
  2. Why we’re here - police's purpose, vision and mission
  3. What we do - key operational strategies
  4. How we do it - our values, code of conduct and the future of policing excellence

The course includes online, face-to-face, virtual classroom, distance and self-directed learning. Teaching materials are provided in a variety of formats.

What does the Distance Learning course cost?

The cost is $715.

If this cost is a hurdle, please don't be discouraged. You may need to take a little more time and save up to be able to enrol in a later course, or alternatively consider getting a personal loan.

Remember, this is a worthwhile investment in an exciting future career.

If this cost is a real barrier for you make sure you talk to your Selection Specialist.

'User-pays' fees for vocational qualifications leading to employment is common to many professions, such as nursing, para-medicine, social work, and teaching. Requiring an academic qualification for the role of a recruit at New Zealand Police is no different.

Unlike most professions, the Police pay you a salary while you are training at Police College. You will be paid fortnightly for the duration of the 16-week training period.

What are the payment methods?

Unitec only accepts full payment upfront, which can be by credit card, debit card or cheque. You can also go to one of their campuses and pay by EFTPOS or cash.

What happens once I complete distance learning?

Once you have completed all of the other application assessments and requirements, you will be placed in the candidate pool for a potential call up to the RNZPC.

What happens if my application is declined after I have started the course?

You may complete the course or withdraw, it is up to you. However, you won’t be able to get a refund from either the police or Unitec.

Your CFIT Journey
Your CFIT Journey

Career Foundation Initial Training, Better known as ‘CFIT’, it starts before your time at the RNZPC and continues until two years beyond police college while you are still a probationary constable. It gives you the essential grounding to be a Police Officer. There are 4 stages in total:

Stage 1 - Pre-Police College Distance Learning

You’ll gain a base level of knowledge and understanding before you get to RNZPC. Successful completion is a pre-requisite for all everyone who starts at RNZPC.

Stage 2 - Police College Learning

At the RNZPC you’ll develop an in-depth and applied understanding of safety, defensive tactics, and real-world operational training. You’ll increase your “situational awareness” ready for when you are deployed to a police station as a probationary constable.

Stage 3 - Post-Police College Workplace

Training In your first two years on the job, you’ll do workplace assessments and gain qualifications. There will also be a programme of workplace standards and assessments to demonstrate your competencies in core policing tasks.

Stage 4 – You qualify

After two years on the frontline, you’ll take a two-week qualifying course when you’ll receive advice on career development and specialising in your areas of interest. Your core policing knowledge and skills will be assessed to check you can do what’s required of every General Duties Constable.

Once completed, you’ll graduate as a fully-qualified Police Officer.