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SAPS is recruiting Police Trainees soon. Prepare yourself with this guide!

Prepare for SAPS recruitment!

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is a couple of months away from recruiting thousands of Police Trainees for the 2025/ 2026 Intake.

SAPS usually recruits in the middle of the year, and the recruitment draws a huge number of applications. This means there will be stiff competition among the applicants.

All applicants will be subjected to a tight physical fitness regime, psychometric and integrity testing as well as medical evaluation. They will also be interviewed during the recruitment, selection and enlistment process.

This article is meant to help you prepare for the physical fitness assessments so that when the day comes and you’re called upon to partake in the recruitment, you will not be found lacking.

Physical Fitness Requirements

PREPARATION EXERCISE PROGRAMME FOR APPLICANTS’ PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENTS

NB!! Use comfortable exercise attire & running shoes. Always warm-up every time before exercising by jogging for 5 – 10 minutes or fast walking for 10 – 15 minutes.

Exercise on a flat non slippery surface. Have water to drink to avoid dehydration.

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DAY 1Run 100 meters (3/4 pace not a full sprint pace) without stopping Rest for 3 minutes
Run 4 x 100 meter sets with 3 minutes, rest between the trials to prepare for PACER test.
DAY 2Jog at a slow pace for 150 meters and walk at a normal pace for 50 meters
Repeat 3 times (no rest in between the walk and run)
Perform as many push-ups and sit-ups as possible continuously (rest 5 minutes between push-ups and sit-ups) to prepare for 30m Punch bag sprint.
DAY 3Run a 2,4 km distance at a comfortable pace to improve your stamina.
Perform stretching exercises, to reduce muscle soreness.
DAY 4Run 120 meters at a brisk pace (not a full sprint) without stopping
Rest for 2 minutes in between 120 meter runs
Repeat 5 x times
Perform as many push-ups and sit-ups as possible continuously (rest 5 minutes between push-ups and sit-ups) to improve your upper body strength and core stability.
DAY 5Jog at a slow pace for 200 meters then walk at a normal pace for 50 meters
Repeat 3 x times without rest
Perform as abdominal exercise as per the videos attached. Perform 15 repetitions x 3 for each exercise.
Source: SAPS
DAY 6Walk at a fast pace for 10 minutes – this is an active rest day.
Perform different stretching exercises for main muscle groups.
DAY 7Run 200 meters at a brisk pace (not a full sprint) without stopping
Rest for 1 minute in between 200 meter runs
Repeat 3 x times
Perform as many push-ups and sit-ups as possible continuously (rest 5 minutes between push-ups and sit-ups) to improve upper body strength and core.
DAY 8Jog at a slow pace for 200 meters then walk fast for 50 meters and repeat 3 x times
without rest
Perform as many push-ups and sit-ups as possible continuously (rest 5 minutes between push-ups and sit-ups)
DAY 9Run a 2,5 km distance at a comfortable pace
Perform different stretching exercises.
DAY 10Test yourself and run 20 meters between point A and point B at your own pace. Run as many laps as possible without stopping
Perform as many push-ups and sit-ups as possible continuously (rest 5 minutes between push-ups and sit-ups)
DAY 11Repeat Day: 7 – 10 until two days before the SAPS Physical Fitness Assessments.
Source: SAPS

Other Requirements

Apart from physical fitness requirements, applicants must:-

  • Have permanent residence in the Republic of South Africa of which documentary proof must be furnished;
  • Be in possession of a grade 12 school certificate or equivalent qualification of which documentary proof must be furnished;
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  • A valid driving license for at least a light motor vehicle will serve as an advantage;
  • Be proficient in at least English and one other official language;
  • Be at least eighteen (18) and under thirty-five (35) years of age of which documentary proof must be furnished;

  • Have no previous criminal convictions and shall allow his or her fingerprints to be taken and background enquiries to be made
  • Not have any tattoo marks of which will be visible when wearing any uniform of the Service;
  • Be prepared to take the oath of office;

  • Submit himself or herself to a physical medical examination as determined by the National
  • Commissioner; and must be found to be physically and mentally fit for appointment in the post for which he or she applies;
  • Undergo and pass a psychological assessment as determined by the National Commissioner and be found to comply with the profile of a police official;

  • Be prepared to successfully undergo such training as determined by the National Commissioner;
  • Be prepared to serve anywhere in the Republic of South Africa.

Overview of the SAPS Selection Process

As we have alraedy outlined abovve, all SAPS applicants will be subjected to a fitness, psychometric and integrity testing as well as medical evaluation and will be interviewed during the recruitment, selection and enlistment process.

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The SAPS will also verify the qualifications, drivers’ licence, where applicable, citizenship and residential address of each applicant.

Applicants will be subjected to a vetting process which will include security screening, reference checking, and fingerprint verification to establish whether any illicit activity has been recorded or is pending against candidates.

Applicants who previously served in a Government Department and who were dismissed as a result of misconduct will not be considered for appointment in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

In view of the physical demands of the Basic Police Development Learning Programme, applicants with chronic diseases, physical impairments or any other health condition that may lead to interruption of the training programme, may be excluded from participation in the programme.

Should applicants fail to disclose any health condition it may result in their withdrawal from the programme on the determination thereof.

What happens if one is recruited?

If you pass all the vetting and selection process above, SAPS then takes you through the Basic Police Development Learning Programme, called BPDLP.

The Basic Police Development Learning Programme stretches for a period of 21 (twenty one) months, and it consists of three phases:

Note: These stipends amounts are for the 2024/2025 intake, and may differ for future intakes.

During the Basic Training Phase of the BPDLP the Service shall provide free training gear, meals and accommodation to the police trainee.

Trainees will also receive medical aid benefits for the duration of the 21-month Basic Training Learning
Programme. Upon successful completion of the Basic Training Learning Programme trainees will be
considered for permanent appointment as members of the SAPS at the rank of Constable.

Placement: Successful candidates will be trained at any SAPS Academy in South Africa and will be
placed at any Police Station / Unit in South Africa after completion of the Institution Phase.

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