Application Process

The Application Process involves a number of stages, which are outlined below. Guidance on each stage of the process is also provided:

Online Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form

This is an online form which you will complete electronically. You will be asked to confirm that you meet our eligibility criteria and commitment statements, to supply a number of personal details, and to complete two short personal statements outlining your motivation and suitability for the role. In addition, you will be asked to complete a short equality monitoring form – please ensure that you complete all required areas (marked with a *).

Please note that if you do not complete your equality monitoring form you will not be able to submit your application.

Initial Selection Testing

When we receive your fully completed application and equality monitoring forms we will review them thoroughly, and provided that you meet the eligibility requirements and have fully completed the form, we will send you an email with a date, time and location for an Initial Selection Test (IST). The IST consists of timed sub-tests addressing the following skills:

  • Understanding and accurately interpreting written material
  • Interpreting and utilising verbal and numerical data
  • Exercising judgement and making decisions in work-based scenarios

We strongly encourage all candidates to attempt the practice IST.

Assessment Centre

If you pass the Initial Selection Test, you will be given an appointment to attend an Assessment Centre. The Assessment Centre consists of a number of different exercises (including written exercises, role plays and computer analysis). The Assessment Centre is designed to assess you against the core competencies for a constable which are listed below:


  • Serving the public
  • Openness to change
  • Service delivery

Courtesy, Fairness & Respect

  • Professionalism

Collaborative Decision Making

  • Decision making
  • Working with others

Other Assessment Stages / Conditions of Application

If you successfully complete the Assessment Centre and are within the appointable band that the PSNI intends to use to appoint from this competition, you will be required to pass all of the following stages in order to be considered for appointment:

  • Physical Competence Assessment (PCA)
  • Medical Assessment
  • Substance Misuse Test
  • Recruitment Vetting Process
  • Online Learning (assessed)

Furthermore, in order to be considered for appointment candidates must also comply with the requirements of the following:

  • Police Service of Northern Ireland Corporate Uniform Standard; and
  • Induction Weekend.

Please note that these stages are managed by the PSNI and that candidates will be processed on a phased basis over a period of time (normally 6 – 12 months), according to merit order, through these stages.