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Recognition of Prior Experience & Learning (RPL)

This document outlines the potential transfer of learning from the Ministry of Defence Police Programme (MDP) to the new initial entry routes in to Policing of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).

This document allows individual officers and staff (serving and retired) to complete an RPL Application to submit to a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Recognised Qualification Provider/Professional Awarding Body listed on the College of Policing RPL Directory.

This guidance is designed to assist the Police Service of England and Wales and its educational partners to take advantage of the opportunities of recognition of prior learning (RPL) with a specific focus in the context of entry into the service as a Police Constable from PCSO and Special Constable roles. This guidance has been updated  to include RPL for staff investigators and intelligence professionals.