Career Advice : SAPS Training Programme

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SAPS Training Programme

Career Advice

The training period for SAPS is rigorous and tough, and this means that not every single person passes. Below we’ve outlined some key things to note about the training:

  • The initial training period lasts for approximately 6 months. You’ll conduct 3 months of theoretical study, and 3 months of practical study, all of which will be conducted at one of six colleges set up for South African Police training.
  • Following the 12-month training period, you will enter the South African Police as a student constable. This title essentially means that although you have completed your initial training, you are still learning, and therefore will be required to gain more experience.



  • Usually, your time as a student constable will be spent working in a community-based capacity, gaining experience in dealing with the public and learning vital tips which will take you forward in your SAPS career. This period lasts for approximately 6 months.
  • Once your time spent working as a student constable has been completed, you will spend another 12 months training as a member of SAPS – dealing with everyday police scenarios and essentially functioning as a fully qualified member of the police force. Following this 12-month period, you will be inducted as an official employee of SAPS.

Approval of appointments

Recommendations received from various panels are prepared and presented to the national panel for consideration. All recommendations are subject to the consideration and approval of the National Commissioner. Appointments on salary level 13 and above are not effective without the endorsement of the National Commissioner.



Also Read: SAPS Vacancies


Successful candidates are usually provisionally appointed in terms of the Senior Management Service (SMS) regulations, and are required to submit -

  • a performance agreement
  • an employee contract
  • full disclosure of financial interests
  • be subjected to a security clearance.



Confirmation of appointments

Is effective once suitability certificates and certificates of acceptance are received from the relevant province or division, and are confirmed at Head Office. Successful candidates are now provided with appointment letters

Read the Additional Information below

  1. How to apply for a job at SAPS
  2. SAPS Interview, Fitness and Medical Checks

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