Individuals wishing to prepare for the PCA should secure the assistance of a professional fitness instructor and/or view the preparatory guide and fitness videos.
Individuals will require different amounts of time and effort in training to successfully pass a PCA. Some individuals may require more than three months of consistent training where others may need only a week so we recommend you start training early.
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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) Entry Level PCA informs the medical model and provides an assessment of an individual's baseline level of fitness to support the inherent operational requirements of policing.
The active measures of the PCA include: abdominal strength (phase sit-up test), push-up endurance test and multi-stage shuttle run test (beep test).
Applicants selected for Recruit Training (Federal Police Development Programs, Federal Police Lateral Programs and Protective Service Officer Programs) and IDG Pre-deployment Training (IDGPT) will be required to participate and pass all components of the PCA as part of the selection process for entry to the AFP College. The PCA requires participants to pass all components of the PCA within one testing session.
For all recruitment PCAs, a Medical Certificate from a doctor is required. Medical Certificates have a validity of three months from the date of issue. The link below will allow you to download the Medical Certificate that is required for all recruitment PCA testing.
All recruits take part in a rigorous training program at the AFP College that includes a physical exercise component. It is expected that applicants who attend the AFP College will increase their level of fitness during their training and therefore prior to graduation, all recruits must pass another PCA that includes an increased number of valid push-ups and is considered the standard AFP PCA level.
PCA Information and Medical Certificate (PDF, 35KB).
Fitness Standards (Active Measures)
Check out our fitness standards.
Abdominal Strength (Phased Sit-Up Test)
All participants are required to successfully complete level 4.
Upper Body Muscular Endurance Test (Push-up Test)
All participants are required to complete 15 valid push-ups (males) / 8 valid push-ups (females).
Multi-Stage Shuttle Run (Beep Test)
All participants are required to successfully complete level 6.05 of the multi-stage shuttle run.