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WORKING ABROAD / DEC. 27, 2012
version 25, draft 25

Application Requirements to the Police College of Finland

A career in the Finish Police Force provides excellent employment conditions, attractive remuneration packages, and long term career development prospects with continual training and opportunities for promotion. Therefore, entry to the police force is competitive, and applicants must satisfy a number of conditions before they are eligible to apply to the training college. The requirements for entry are stipulated in the Act on Police Training.

Application requirements for a Diploma in Police Studies include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidates must hold Finnish citizenship

  • Successful completion of a vocational qualification or upper secondary school studies

  • Applicants must have visual acuity of at least 0.2 without visual aids, and must not have a colour vision impairment

  • Individuals must have normal hearing without the use of hearing aids

  • Applicants must pass a medical condition to demonstrate their working ability

  • It is necessary for application to have the mental well being and capacity to communicate efficiently and to be suitable for police work

  • Candidates must demonstrate a lifestyle in compliance with police work

  • Applicants must pass security tests where required

  • A driving license of at least class B is necessary

  • On completion of the application procedure, applicants must have gained a minimum of 1 years work experience

  • Successful completion of the entrance exam

Entrance Exam

The official entrance exam for the Police College of Finland is carried out in three stages:

Stage 1 – Includes a physical fitness test, language test, psychological assessment and writing test. This stage of testing is approximately 9 hours long.

Stage 2 – This stage of testing lasts around 3 hours and includes a formal interview, group assignment and psychological assessment.

Stage 3 – This is a medical examination including a drugs test, and is carried out at various medical centres in Finland.

Applications for Advanced Police Training

Individuals, who qualify as a police officer, then have the option to apply for advanced training. This training includes the Finish Police Sergeant’s Exam and the Bachelor in Police Command. Advanced training also includes Master’s programs in various police fields. Applications for advanced training are only accepted where the applicant has completed their Diploma and has gained at least two years of police work experience.  

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