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When you’re in the job, all the police training you have done means something. But when you start looking at getting out, you realise there’s a whole other language in job ads – and that mainstream qualifications matter. You start wondering, how will your policing experience stack up outside of the job?

Here’s the good news. You’ve got the sort of skills and knowledge that employers value. And there is a way to translate your policing experience into the qualifications that make sense in a civilian world.

It’s called Recognition of Prior Learning and you can use it to help build a new career after the job.


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RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. It is a process through which the experience, skills and knowledge that you already have can be converted to nationally recognised qualifications.

Getting qualifications through RPL means that you don’t have to sit in a classroom and learn about things that you already know. You can just show evidence that you’ve covered it in your job.

You may also need official qualifications (that piece of paper!) to meet government regulations for certain jobs, or to progress into higher-paying roles.

A minimum of six months of relevant experience is required and the experience cited as evidence must be from the last five years.

If you are looking at leaving the Police Force, or have recently left, and would like to know what civilian qualifications you might be eligible for, fill in the form on the right and we’ll be in touch soon > > >



Over the last twelve years, we have helped many police find life after the job. These are the top 5 qualifications that helped give them the edge in the career stakes:

1. PSP50416 – Diploma of Government Investigations

BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and ManagementWhether it’s at a local, State or Federal Government level, your investigation skills are highly desirable to government departments looking to fill compliance and enforcement roles.

The PSP50416 Diploma of Government Investigations reflects the depth of your investigative skills and your ability to work within a regulatory framework. This qualification also demonstrates that you have the ability to both execute and oversee investigations.

Possible career outcomes:

  • Inspectors – for example, in work safety, health, local council, primary industries, animal protection, electricity and water
  • Compliance Officers – for example, in transport, resource oversight, Fair Trading, registration boards, customs, statutory authorities
  • Investigators – for example, fraud, accident investigation, Workcover, consumer protection, loss adjusters
  • Local Laws Officers – for example, rangers, marine park

2. CPP30607 – Certificate III in Investigative Services

PS50416 Diploma of Government Investigations.When you’re looking for your next career move, it can be handy to have a plan in your back pocket while you’re looking: for many police, getting your Private Investigator’s licence is that plan.

The CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services reflects your ability to run out an investigation, from planning to surveillance, technology and evidence gathering. This qualification reflects your ability to identify the facts and solve problems in complex environments.

Possible career outcomes:

  • Private Investigator
  • Surveillance Investigator
  • Factual Investigator

3. BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management

Recognition of Prior Learning with Churchill EducationIn a policing career, there is a depth of leadership and management experience that means you take unpredictable situations and complex problems in your stride. The BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management shows employers that you can combine the three vital aspects of management: strong team leadership, critical thinking in developing plans and the ability to execute plans to successfully meet organisational objectives.

Possible career outcomes:

  • Operations Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Corporate Services Manager

4. CPP50611 Diploma of Security and Risk Management

There is an increasing demand for risk management professionals who can assess and protect organisations, and swiftly respond to a broad range of risks including cyber crime, terrorism, operational, compliance, regulatory, and technology risks. The CPP50611 Diploma of Security and Risk Management reflects that you have the ability to comprehensively and proactively plan for a variety of risks, whilst effectively leading a team and coordinating organizational resources.

Possible career outcomes:

  • Security and Emergency Response Coordinator
  • Security and Risk Advisor
  • Security Operations Manager

5. PSP50116 Certificate IV in Government

For police looking to transition into the government or public sector, the PSP40116 Certificate IV in Government is the qualification often listed on job advertisements for AO5 positions.

This qualification allows you to demonstrate your specialist skills, in such areas as human resources and service delivery, as well as your core skills that drive a strong team outcome, such as your advanced communication skills and capacity to deliver key outcomes on time and within the operational constraints.

Possible career outcomes:

  • Administrative Services Officer
  • Customer Service Officer (public sector)
  • Financial Officer
  • Senior Records Officer
  • Border Protection Officer


Keep in mind that the level of the qualification you will be eligible for may depend on your rank and length of service.

If you are thinking about which qualifications will best suit your next career move, here’s the most important thing to remember: your policing experience is valuable and it deserves to be recognised. So, make the most of it.



Would you like to know what RPL qualifications you might be eligible for? 

You can either fill in the form on the right … Or call us direct on: 1300 793 002

Got questions, but not ready for a skills assessment?

You can send us a live chat message here on this page… Or you can email us.


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“It feels good to have all my experience recognised. It was a confidence boost and I’m very proud.”


“As someone who thought they wouldn’t be able to get anything and then being given the opportunity to get these quals, I wanted to say thank you so, so much.”


“When I received the results I was absolutely blown away. I got 4 Diplomas. I’ve done formal training and certification in auditing and the like, but then being able to be recognised in a Diploma is fantastic. It’s more than I could’ve asked for.”


“Everyone in the office is now aware that I have these qualifications. I like that. It feels really good.”


“John advised me on which were the most marketable qualifications. I didn’t feel pressured into going for bulk numbers [of qualifications], but for quality instead. I appreciated that and and people I’ve referred onto Churchill as well have been impressed by the advice given and the very professional manner in which they approach RPL.


“As a brand-new transitioned ex-Defence and veteran, it is good to know that there are some organisations out there that take the extra step to cater for us”


“We calculated equivalent experience from a different country, in a different time zone.Their communication was great, and it was a success!”

A Skills Assessment is a conversation you have with one of our Skills Advisors to discuss how Recognition of Prior Learning could work for you.

In this conversation, they will talk with you about your work history, training and experience, and where you want to go in your career.

Based on what you say, they will make recommendations about which qualifications would be most suitable for your specific situation.

After this conversation, you’ll be sent a report within 48 hours which details the qualifications you would be eligible for, and which ones you could be eligible for with a little more online training to fill in any gaps in your knowledge.

Then, you decide how you’d like to proceed. This assessment is all cost-free and obligation-free.

We find that it’s helpful to have the information about your potential so you can make informed decisions, in any case.

Once you receive the report and decide which qualifications are the best fit with your goals, we can help you with gathering the evidence you need to submit.

We do the mapping for you – this means that we do all the fiddly and complicated work of matching evidence to units of competency within the qualifications.

The whole process takes 14 days, although we do offer a 7-day Fast-Track Service if you need to get a job application in quickly! You receive both paper and electronic copies of your qualifications for your records.

Then, you can go ahead and seek out your dream job, secure in the knowledge that your Defence work has been validated and translated into the nationally recognised qualifications that civilian employers can respect and value.

For the Churchill team, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) isn’t just a process. RPL changed our lives when we stood at our career crossroads and wondered what all those years of service were really worth. With 16 years in the Queensland Police Service, our Founder, Randall Smith can tell you, there is life after the job.

Plus, Churchill’s other point of different from other providers of RPL is our customer service.

When you work with Churchill, you deal with real people, not robots or automated phone menus.

These real people are trained and experienced Skills Advisors who are motivated by getting the best possible outcomes for you, outcomes that align with where you want to go in your career.

  • We begin by discussing what you want, not what we want to give you.
  • We won’t try and sell you unnecessary training.
  • You can find out what you’re eligible for before you pay a cent and there’s no obligation to proceed.
  • If we can’t help you, we’ll point you in the direction of another organisation that can.
  • We are transparent, honest, and upfront.
  • We communicate reliably with you at all times, and tell you exactly what we need from you. We don’t leave you hanging with unanswered questions.
  • We do the complicated mapping part of the RPL process for you, so that you can direct your attention elsewhere.
  • We have subject matter experts and ex-Defence personnel on our team, so we speak your language and understand your work.
  • We are efficient and fast. We know it’s important to get your quals in hand as soon as possible to take advantage of the opportunities they can afford you.
  • We’ve been doing this for over ten years. In this time, we’ve developed a streamlined and efficient process for RPL and gained a reputation for high-quality service delivery that we’re pretty proud of and work hard to maintain.

Are the qualifications I receive nationally recognised qualifications? Yes. Churchill Education is a registered training organisation, RTO:31430. This means that we are regulated by ASQA, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the Australian Government regulatory body for the VET sector.

The qualifications that we offer are nationally recognised, and issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Accordingly, they’re exactly the same as those granted by other educational institutions such as TAFE.

Churchill Education has teamed up with zipMoney to give you the opportunity to pay for your qualifications on a flexible weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment plan, with up to 12 months interest free.

To find out more about zipMoney, ask us!

RPL customers are also welcome to pay directly to Churchill Education.