Assessment and recognition of competence (ARC)

About ARC

ARC has been in place since 2017 and is in the process of reviewing and recognising ongoing competence following probation. It takes place when constables transition from pay point 3-4.

Officers gather evidence as part of their daily work in advance of the review and this evidence is used to demonstrate their ongoing competence in role.

ARC is only applicable to those who entered under the initial police learning and development programme (IPLDP).

As of October 2020 the policing professional framework (PPF) is no longer in the criteria to be evidenced for ARC.

We will be undertaking a review of ARC as it has been in place for a number of years and looking at the impact to it following the introduction of the policing education and qualifications framework (PEQF). We will publish further updates in 2021.