How many times will I need to do the police applicant fitness test?

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As part of your Police application, you will be required to pass the fitness test. However, what you may not be aware of is that you will be tested multiple times throughout the application process, including while you’re in the Police Academy as a recruit. Let’s take a look at how it works.

Show Highlights

00:26 – Testing after 6 months
01:16 – Testing while in the Order of Merit
01:48 – Ensure you maintain your fitness
02:03 – Higher fitness levels means less stress
02:37 – Helping to cope with the physical training at the academy

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Transcription

Hey, Russ here from Prime Motion Training. Just a really quick chat today about the fitness testing for applicants. Now, I’m not going to focus on the preparation itself, or even the actual test, but there is some information I want to share with you around the fitness aspect for both applicants and recruits. Just a quick chat today. Stay tuned. Let’s get into it.

00:26 – Testing after 6 months

Okay, I’m sure you’re aware that as an applicant, you’ll be tested on your fitness standards or your fitness level against the required standards. At that fitness testing, you’ll also have your body mass index assessed. Now, if you can successfully complete that test and all of the remaining phases of the application process, you’ll then be placed onto the order of merit. Whilst you’re waiting for a position at the police academy, if it has been six months since you did your applicant fitness test, don’t be surprised if you’re called up to do the fitness test again. Six months is a long time, and obviously, a lot can change in terms of fitness and body mass index for that matter, in that six month period. So it’s important that you not only maintain your standards, but you try to keep building your fitness standards or your fitness levels after you pass that applicant fitness test.

01:16 – Testing while in the Order of Merit

Now, if you are called back for the fitness test whilst you’re on the order of merit, that’s a pretty good sign that you’re positioned on that order of merit high enough to potentially be offered a position at the academy in the near future. Now, if they do offer you that position and you go off to the academy, one of the conditions of your employment will be that you maintain those minimum fitness standards. In fact, at the academy, as you undergo recruit training, you’ll be regularly assessed against the fitness standards to make sure that you’re holding up your end of the bargain.

01:48 – Ensure you maintain your fitness

Now, we don’t want to get to the academy and then start having issues with our fitness, because the worst thing in the world would be to make it through that entire journey and get in only to find that you get kicked out because of the fitness standards that you haven’t been able to maintain.

02:03 – Higher fitness levels means less stress

Okay, two really important points to finish off. If you’re at the academy and your fitness standard is much higher than the minimum required, that takes a hell of a lot of stress and pressure off of you. You know that you’re not going to be kicked out because of a lack of fitness. That means that you can spend a lot more time focusing on the academic side of things, and the pressure from the academic side to meet the requirements to pass the exams that occur regularly in the academy creates its own stress, so you don’t need both the fitness stress and the academic stress. For that reason, a high level of fitness is a real asset.

02:37 – Helping to cope with the physical training at the academy

The last reason it’s also a really positive thing to be well above the fitness standards is it will help you cope with the physical nature of the training at the academy. If you’re not in good condition, you don’t have a reasonable fitness level, you’ll pick up little injuries, and those little injuries can turn into bigger injuries, which delay your training at the academy, and you end up slipping behind. If you slip behind, you are at risk of losing your position at the academy.

In Closing

Okay, so there’s a couple of really important reasons to aim high with your fitness levels. The minimum is exactly that. It’s the minimum. It’s the lowest they’ll accept. We need to be comfortably above that to enjoy the training at the Victoria Police Academy.

All right, guys. Hope that was helpful. I look forward to chatting with you again soon.

Kind regards,

Russell Kempster
Russell Kempster
Founder and Head Trainer, Prime Motion Training

About the Author

Russell Kempster

Russell Kempster

Russ spent 12 years as a police officer with Victoria Police. The last four years of that time was spent at the Victoria Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught everything from fitness to firearms. He has trained police applicants, as well as recruits undergoing their initial training, experienced serving police officers and was even called on by Victoria Police to help train other would-be police academy instructors.

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