Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has welcomed a move to reschedule exams and hold them online because of the coronavirus crisis.
The College of Policing has confirmed the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF) Inspectorsâ€™ and Sergeantsâ€™ Exams will take place in the autumn.
They were initially postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Now they are being run online to reduce the risk to officers and invigilators.
And the college has produced a set of FAQs for officers looking to sit the exams.
Roger said: â€œThe pandemic has challenged us in so many ways including our membersâ€™ ability to be able to sit exams. Officers put in a lot of hard work and self-sacrifice to be able to take these important exams, so itâ€™s really pleasing the College of Policing has been able to find an alternative way for them to do so.â€
Dates identified for the Inspectorsâ€™ NPPF Step Two Legal Exam are Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 October.
Dates identified for the Sergeantsâ€™ NPPF Step Two Legal Exam are Monday 9 and Wednesday 11 November.
Mike Cunningham, chief executive of the College of Policing, said: â€œWe will be working at pace in the coming months to put all necessary steps in place to move to online delivery for exams.
â€œCandidates will need to reserve all of these dates in the event weâ€™re able to hold the exams on one day. We will advise of this as soon as weâ€™re able to.
â€œIn identifying a date for the rescheduled Sergeantsâ€™ exam, weâ€™ve considered the notice we need to provide to candidates for revision. Weâ€™ve also tried to identify a date thatâ€™s least likely to impact on planned leave or those with caring responsibilities.â€
He said that the new system could mean that candidates receive their exam results earlier than usual.
â€œWe will aim to have the results of the sergeantsâ€™ exam issued by the end of November,â€ he explained.
The NIE scheduled for 2020 will be held, as planned, on 8 September and 24 November.
The Direct Entry Superintendentsâ€™ Examination will also be held, as planned, on 17 November.
Read the FAQs to find out more.