If you have a GCSE A*-C (9-4) grade in both English and maths or an equivalent qualification (PDF 107kb), we'll invite you to our next selection day.
If you don't have these qualifications, we'll ask you to take a supervised Level 2 English and maths test. If you pass, we'll invite you to our next selection day.
If you fail the test, or you don't meet all our eligibility requirements, we'll let you know by email.
Selection days are usually on the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December. We'll contact you about a month before the selection day.
You will have 7 pass-or-fail tests of your fitness, dexterity and equipment handling.
If you pass these tests you’ll be invited to a formal interview.
We'll send you details of how to prepare in advance. Please bring any documents we've asked for.
You'll have a medical appointment with our occupational health department, which you must pass. You need to complete some medical questionnaires and an optician's report before the appointment. Please bring photo ID and documents on any medical conditions you have (such as letters from a GP or specialist).
The medical is in 3 stages:
- medical tests with the occupational health adviser
- a doctor's examination and DVLA paperwork
- a fitness test with the service fitness adviser.
We'll check the following:
- drugs test - we'll take a urine sample.
- height and weight
- blood pressure and pulse
- your lungs
- your hearing and eyesight (if required)
- palpation of the abdomen
- your reflexes.
No medical information is released to the service - we're just advised on whether you're fit enough for us to employ you. Your information will be held confidentially in the medical department and used as a baseline for your medicals, every 3 years.
Call our occupational health department on 01438 847316 if you have any concerns or questions.
The selection process takes several months. If you're successful, we'll email you a timetable for training. You’re paid hourly for attending the course.
You'll be invited to a uniform fitting appointment. Uniforms and equipment are free.
You might be placed on a waiting list of up to 12 months depending on vacancies at stations. You might need to do a re-test when a vacancy is available.
The majority of vacancies need you to be able to give cover on weekdays during the day. This needs to be agreed before you’re offered a place on the training course.
Training programme (PDF 150kb)