​​​​Many well qualified and committed applicants seek a career with the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Entry is highly competitive and based on merit.

Below are examples of how you can prepare for a career as a Police Officer.

Research the role of a Queensland Police Officer

There are several ways to investigate the responsibilities and duties of Queensland Police Officers, including:

  • Talking to police officers about their role

  • Attending a recruiting seminar or event

  • Accessing the QPS website www.police.qld.gov.au

  • Accessing publications on police issues, articles in newspapers and journals on general policing and social issues.

  • Review the Selection Criteria for the Panel Interview

  • Review the Position Description for a General Duties Police Officer


The physical component of recruit training is very demanding and you are expected to be in peak physical condition prior to being offered a position as a Police Recruit. 

You can ensure you are competitive in the Applied Policing Skills Assessment Day (APSAD) by training to attain and maintain a high degree of physical fitness. 

Participating in training sessions at your local Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) or becoming a member of a fitness group (e.g. a running club etc.) can help ensure you will meet the physical standards required at APSAD and the police academy (if you are offered a recruit position).

First Aid

At the time of your graduation from the academy, you must have successfully completed the Provide First Aid course (HLTAID003). 

This course is valid for three years, however the CPR component must be updated every 12 months and be current for you to graduate.

This qualification must be recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework and be conducted by an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Swimming proficiency

You will be required to demonstrate your swimming proficiency with a supervised, untimed, fully-clothed, 100 metre swim during the recruiting process​ and while training at the academy.

If you are not a competent swimmer, it is recommended you commence swimming instruction at the earliest opportunity to ensure you have reached the standard required for entry into the police academy.

Volunteer work

Volunteer work will help you develop life skills and awareness of the diverse issues within the community, which you will face as a Police Officer. Community groups also encourage you to interact with people from a variety of social, economic, religious, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.

PCYCs, for example, facilitate and encourage active participation in sporting, recreation, cultural and welfare programs that aim to improve the lives of individual members and the development of local communities throughout the State.

According to Volunteering Queensland, being a volunteer can play an important role in encouraging, recognising, promoting and advocating for disadvantaged people, groups and/or the community more broadly. For a list of Queensland volunteer groups, visit www.volunteeringqld.org.au. Other volunteer opportunities may be found on the SEEK Volunteer website.

Tertiary study, vocational qualifications and skills

Policing is a diverse and varied occupation where a broad knowledge and various abilities can help in an officer’s day-to-day duties.

You are encouraged to develop your skills and knowledge through study and/or trade qualifications. Developing your skills and knowledge can assist you to prepare for the selection process, your training as a recruit, and then ‘on the road’ as a General Duties Police Officer.