Police & Defence Force Prep

Certificate in Police and Defence Force Entry Preparation Level 3

20 weeks
Level 3
60 credits
$55-65k annually when qualified
Intakes: 15 July 2024, 19 August 2024, 23 September 2024

Location: Manukau, Auckland

Want to be a role model in your community? Passionate about protecting and serving your country? Then this programme is for you! Get ready to join the New Zealand Defence Force or Police, with our physical, fun training. This is your first step towards a rewarding, adrenalin-fuelled future. And with New Zealand looking for many more Police this is the perfect time!

Who can enrol?

If you are 16 years and older and want to get into the Police or Defence Force, this programme will give you the best possible start.

What will I learn?

Learn and practice the skills you need to sit the New Zealand Defence Force Pre Entry test, including time management, team work and discipline.

You will cover:
  • Security operations
  • Risk and injury prevention and management in sport and recreation
  • Role of NZ Police and the community services it provides
  • Basic emergency care
  • Effective communication skills
  • Study and career planning
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Physical fitness


What qualifications will I gain?
  • Certificate in Police and Defence Force Entry Preparation Level 3
  • NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 3


Where will this take me?

Congratulations! You can now apply to sit the New Zealand Defence Force Pre-entry test. Plus, you’ll have developed some awesome skills that will help you in all sorts of roles. There’s no doubt you will stand out from the crowd having trained at Ignite Colleges.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about this course

What do I need to enrol?

It’s easy! All you need to bring along is proof of citizenship or PR. We will help you do the rest. If you are an international student, please contact us first.

How much does this course cost?

You might be eligible to do this course for free! Talk with our Student Support Team to find out. If not, you may be eligible for loans and allowances, and we can help you with that.

What time does this course start and finish?

This course runs from either 9am to 1pm, or 1pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please speak to your Student Support Team to see which option is available.

Am I eligible for a travel allowance?

If you are aged between 16 and 19, yes! If not, we can sit down and discuss what assistance you might be entitled to.

What resources will I need?

We provide everything you need.

What does a typical day look like?

Every day we will practice physical fitness training, psychometric testing and mathematical reasoning, to best prepare you for your entry test, and help you achieve your goal of joining the New Zealand Police or Defence Force. We also cover vital skills like teamwork, problem solving and stress management.

Will this course get me into the Police or Defence Force?

No – but it will significantly increase your chances of success. And the good news is the NZ Police currently need 1800 new police officers!

To find out more about entry criteria for the NZ Police check out this link:


Or to learn more about Defence Force entry criteria click here:


Do I need to be super fit to do this course?

No. But you need to be fit to be in the Police or Defence Force. This programme will definitely help you increase your fitness level.

Maths is not my strong point. Will I still be able to do this course?

Yes. We can put you through a literacy and numeracy programme if necessary. It’s free and will get you up to speed.