Short Courses

Occupational Preparatory Course

Selection for the Victoria Police Academy is a rigorous process, and undertaking Melbourne Polytechnic's Occupational Preparatory Course will maximise your chances of selection, help you understand what to expect, and show you what life as a police officer is like. Topics include English, mathematics skills and logical reasoning needed for the Victoria Police entrance exam.

Course Code: SPP020

Fees: $480.00


Set your sights on a career with Victoria Police

Maximise your chances of selection by completing this 10-week preparatory course.

Selection for the Victoria Police Academy is physically and mentally demanding.

Melbourne Polytechnic is an approved testing centre for Victoria Police Recruitment Services.

This Occupational Preparatory Course will:

  • help you understand what to expect from the police entrance exam
  • teach you the English, mathematics and logical reasoning skills required
  • give you strategies to maximise your chances of passing the exam
  • show you what life as a police officer is like

The course covers:

  • spelling and punctuation
  • comprehension and writing tasks
  • number skills and problem solving
  • interviewing techniques and testing procedures

Applicants preparing for other occupations, such as the Australian Defence Force, may also find this course helpful.

Policing work has more variety than ever before, and there are lots of different areas where you can specialise. If you like the idea of being of service to the community, think about applying for this short course.




Students are provided with an English workbook and are required to purchase Preparing for Career and Selection Tests – Numeracy and General Ability, which is available at the Melbourne Polytechnic bookshop. Extra class worksheets are also provided.

The Victoria Police will soon be releasing a new version of their Education Entry exam. We will offer a preparation course for this new exam as soon as the changes have been announced. For more information on our next Occupational Preparatory Course please contact the Department.

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.

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