Cadet - Selection Process

As part of the selection process, you’ll be put through a series of checks and evaluations. These checks and evaluations are undertaken in three stages:

Stage 1 Assessments

  • Integrity Check
  • Tattoo Review
  • Police Entrance Evaluation
  • Physical Performance Evaluation

Learn more about Stage 1 Assessments

Stage 2 Assessments

  • Panel interview
  • Review Panel outcome

Learn more about Stage 2 Assessments

Stage 3 Assessments

  • Final Health/Medical Assessment
  • Vision Requirements
  • Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA (18 years and above)
  • Full Background and Integrity Check

Applicants should not consider that they have suitably met all requirements if advancing from one stage to the next. Consideration of suitability is holistic and may occur at any point in the recruitment and selection process. Confirmation of appointment occurs only when selection from the pool and provided with an offer of appointment. 


Applicants will be advised if unsuccessful at any stage of the process. Individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants is unfortunately not provided.

Learn More About Stage 1

For Stage 1 Assessments, applicants are required to meet each assessment individually before progression to the next assessment. Where an applicant completes all Stage 1 requirements (apart from the Physical Performance Evaluation), progression to Stage 2 is achieved.

Integrity Check

Once your application form and all relevant supporting documents are received, a check will be conducted to identify any criminal offences and/or traffic infringements you may have. The assessment will take into consideration the nature of the offence, the frequency and recency of the occurrence and your age at the time of the offence.

Tattoo Review

If you are progressed from the initial integrity checks, a review of any tattoos that may be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt including those located on the neck, face or hands will be undertaken. Applicants are required to provide colour photographs of their tattoos whilst wearing a collared short sleeve shirt when submitting their application. 

Tattoo standards are contained within the Western Australia Police Force Commissioner’s Uniform and Appearance Manual and consideration of tattoos is given in regard to whether they are in a prohibited location, prohibited form or detract from a professional appearance. If your tattoos do not meet the required standard, Police Recruiting are unable to provide any advice in relation to proposed modification or removal and how this may impact on future selection. For further information on Tattoo standards please click here.

Police Entrance Evaluation (PEE)

The PEE is made up of three assessments and focuses on literacy, comprehension and communication skills, practical intelligence and problem solving ability.

  • Test 1 - Verbal Reasoning

    The verbal reasoning assessment tests your ability to think, reason and solve problems in different ways using language. Applicants who have obtained a Year 12 Certificate of Education in Australia, with English at a minimum Grade C will be exempt from the Verbal Reasoning component of the Police Entrance Evaluation.  If this applies to you, please provide with your application form both your Certificate of Education and your statement of results which confirms you have achieved a minimum Grade C in Year 12 English.  You will still be required to undertake the Abstract Reasoning and Audio/Audio Visual components of the assessment.  If you do not have a Year 12  Certificate of Education in Australia, with English at a minimum Grade C, alternative education qualifications or documents will not be accepted. You will be required to undertake all components of the Police Entrance Evaluation. 

  • Test 2 - Abstract Reasoning

    This assessment tests your ability to analyse information to solve problems. The questions involve identifying patterns and similarities between shapes, figures and diagrams presented in visual form.

  • Test 3 - Audio and Audio/Visual

    Applicants listen to an audio clip and watch and listen to an audio/visual clip and are required to provide written answers to a series of questions. The assessment may relate to a verbal statement, news article or a visual clip of an incident.

You won't be able to study anything specific for this test, however, you can take the following positive actions to help you perform your best on the day:

  • Consider practicing crosswords, reading or comprehending written information, especially if you don't complete these tasks on a daily basis.
  • Get a good night's rest the night before your test.
  • Make a list of essential items to bring with you, such as glasses or watch, if needed.
  • Use the internet to search for practice questions of Verbal and Abstract Reasoning.
  • If you find yourself getting nervous during the test, take one or two deep, calming breaths.

Download examples of the PEE.

Physical Performance Evaluation (PPE)

To join the WA Police, you are required to have a reasonable level of fitness. During this evaluation, you will be required to perform:

  • A Shuttle run test (beep test)
  • An agility test
  • An abdominal strength rating (sit-up)
  • Upper body strength and endurance tests (push ups and bag lift)
  • A grip strength test

Download detailed information on the PPE or download a recommended training schedule. You can also view video clips that demonstrate what will be required when carrying out your PPE. Should you require assistance in preparing for the PPE, contact the WA Police Physical Training Unit on +61 (08)9301 9520.

Learn More About Stage 2

For applicants that proceed to Stage 2 of the selection process, a panel interview is held after which a holistic assessment is made by a Review Panel and a decision reached regarding progression to Stage 3.

Panel Interview

You will be invited to attend a panel interview which will assess your suitability for the role as a WA Police Cadet. Whilst you will not be able to study anything specific for your interview, you can take some positive steps to help you perform your best on the day:

  • Ensure that you have prepared yourself by understanding the requirements and responsibilities of the WA Police Cadet role. The position description can be found here.
  • Consider and identify specific examples from your own life and work experiences that might best demonstrate your suitability in meeting the requirements of the job role.
  • Read and consider all available information on the Step Forward website, including the essential criteria you will be assessed against:
    • Analytical, Comprehension and Problem Solving Skills
    • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
    • Team Work
    • Adaptability & Judgement
    • Personal Drive and Integrity

On the day of your interview:

  • Be punctual and ensure you attend at the correct location.
  • Dress appropriately in smart business wear and consider your grooming.
  • Whilst interviews can be daunting you should try your best to be confident so that you can provide as much information about yourself. Throughout the interview communicate clearly, have good eye contact and use positive body language.
  • Listen to the questions carefully and give thought to your answers. Every response you give is a chance to allow the panel to consider your suitability. If you don't understand a question, ask for clarification.
  • Be open and honest in your answers. Be yourself. The panel is not expecting perfection.

Review Panel

All applicants applying for a WA Police Cadet position will be assessed  at the end of the process holistically using all the information collected during the recruitment process. Competitive applications will proceed to Stage 3 Assessments.

Applicants that are not considered suitable for progression to Stage 3 Assessments will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable). If you are given a reapply date, we encourage you to reapply.

Learn More About Stage 3

Stage 3 is the final stage in the recruitment process. Applicants who progress to this stage will receive an individual information pack providing information on each of the following requirements.

Final Health/Medical Assessment

Following the completion of Stage 1 and Stage 2 Assessments, you will be required to undertake a Final Health/Medical Assessment. This examination is designed to ensure your fitness and health are of a high standard and that there is no reason why you would be unable to carry out all the duties required as a WA Police Cadet.

Applicants with prior medical history may be required to provide additional contemporary information to support their Final Health/Medical Assessment.

Vision Requirements

All applicants are required to have their vision assessed. You will receive a form to be completed by an optometrist. You are required to have a minimum uncorrected visual acuity of 6/30 in each eye. Outside this range, an assessment of your circumstances will be conducted on a case-by-case basis. However, as a minimum you must be able to meet the corrected visual acuity standard of 6/6 binocularly or 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other when wearing soft contact lenses.

Other Checks

A number of other checks will be conducted during Stage 3 including:

  • Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA (not applicable to applicants under 18 years of age)
  • Full Background and Integrity Check

Applicants who successfully meet the requirements of Stage 3 will be selected to commence training in March 2022 or placed in a selection pool to await selection to further school.

Applicants who are unsuccessful at Stage 3 will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable).