Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do RIGHT NOW, FOR FREE to make a start on my promotion preparation?
If you are serious, take action! There are a range of free digital police promotion guides available to download right now. There is more free valuable content on my Rank Success blog, a suite of guest posts at Police Hour, and a series of videos on YouTube. That’s an option to leap forward with your preparation today by supporting, challenging & provoking your thinking and to lay down some solid foundations ahead of your promotion opportunity. The guides are full of insights of what works, to help provide you with an an edge over the competition. The most common mistake made by aspiring candidates is not preparing ahead of opportunity.
How do I get promoted to Sergeant, Inspector or Chief Inspector?
See my free guide on the Journey to Promotion, outlining 12 key steps. These include seeking qualification through your NPPF Legal Exam / Police Scotland's leadership qualification, to getting through the more competitive stages of the NPPF and local force police promotion processes. Rank Success specialises in supporting officers achieve promotion through the Federated ranks in these competitive stages of promotion.
What is the CVF?
UK police forces all now use a variation of the Competency and Values Framework (CVF) to assess promotion candidates. The CVF is simply a mechanism articulating the behaviours policing wants from its leaders, which allows candidates to be more objectively assessed against the relevant 'Level' (usually Level 2 for those in the Federated ranks). Note that some forces choose to tailor the CVF for local needs, for example the Met Police use bespoke local 'value'. However, the essence of police leadership and the role-specific, tried and tested materials I provide in my guides and masterclasses stand the test of time and will help you prepare effectively for your force promotion process.
Is my force included in your guides & support?
Yes. Rank Success supports all UK police forces, covering: England & Wales (including the Met Police), Police Scotland, PSNI, BTP and other national or specialist forces. Most forces now use the Competency and Values Framework (CVF) to assess promotion candidates, albeit with some local tailoring.
Why should I choose Rank Success?
Rank Success provides a simple and accessible service of 'What Works' in a manner flexible to your needs and duties. You receive incredible value for money from an approach which prepares you to become a great leader, connecting you with the important things in police leadership and promotion. This includes for example: Understanding the role; improving your attitude; developing your mindset; connecting you with your inspiration; improving your ability to clearly articulate your skills. 'The proof is in the pudding'.
Are your services relevant for Chief Inspector?
Yes! Rank Success specialises in supporting all Federated ranks, so the guides and other services are suitable for promotion to Sergeant, Inspector and Chief Inspector. A number of successful Chief Inspectors have been kind enough to share their success having used the guides or other promotion services.
What guarantees do you offer?
Rank Success offers no guarantees. Promotion isn't easy and will come from your own efforts: only your action, smart work and determination will achieve that. Rank Success helps you prepare ahead and take that meaningful action, target your efforts and build your determination / confidence to succeed.
Coaching / 1-to-1 Support
How do I arrange one-to-one support?
Get in touch and we'll take it from there. The sessions can be in person, by phone or using tools like Skype or FaceTime. We will work around shifts and life commitments wherever possible, e.g. early morning or late evening sessions can be arranged.
How do I book on a Police Promotion Masterclass?
Take a look at the masterclass availability and select a date best for you. Clicking the booking link will take you through the brief booking and payment process. Then just turn up! All materials you will need are provided on the day.
Seminars & More...
Can you deliver a promotion seminar in my force?
Sure! Please get in touch and we can talk through what you need and at a fair price for individuals. I also offer FREE seminars for forces with larger audiences (50+). So what have you got to lose?
Police Promotion Guides
Is my force promotion framework included?
Yes! Different forces have different processes (aligned to the National Police Promotion Framework Step 3) in place at different times for different ranks. The main competency (behaviour) frameworks in use for UK police promotion across England, Wales, Police Scotland and PSNI is the Competency & Values Framework (CVF). The guides (and my free blogs / YouTube channel) cover this extensively. Also included for context and to aid wider preparation are some of the additional, previously-used behavioural frameworks; plus ca change! The guides also recognise the differences in local processes being conducted by different forces (e.g. assessment tests, applications, presentations and interviews).
Do I need to register or have a login / password?
No! Unlike dreaded online learning platforms, access is hassle-free and you can read at your leisure once downloaded; there are no complicated logins/passwords to gain access to your purchased content and no time limits; once you've bought it, it's yours for viewing on your chosen device at any time.
How quickly do I receive the guides I bought?
The link to download will arrive almost immediately after you have made your purchase. Check your 'Spam' folder just in case!
How do I download the digital guides?
Once your payment has been authorised, you will soon receive an email. This is delivered through a secure digital delivery system and includes a personalised activation link (single-use, valid for 3 days). Simply click the link to download and save to your PC, Mac, tablet, smart phone or other chosen device.
What format do the downloadable guides come in?
They are secure PDFs and look best when viewing on a tablet device, laptop or PC.
Can I download them to a force or job computer?
No. These are for your personal use on your own personal device, like an iPad or laptop. Police IT systems are also set up to block such transactions or downloads.
How long can I access the guides I bought?
As long as you like! Just save the PDF on your device and it's yours. Rank Success believes in value for money and that unlike online learning platforms, you should be able to access the information you bought at your leisure and be able to navigate sections quickly. The guides are rich in content and many have officers use them through more than one promotion process, without being forced to pay again.
Can I print the guides?
No, they are digital guides. They are delivered quickly and securely for you to download to your chosen reader. This protects the copyright and allows me to give the best value for officers.
Can I share the guide or any of the content?
All material is copyright protected and so any sharing with others is strictly prohibited. Should someone ask you for a copy, please advise them to download for themselves. I will provide exclusive discount codes for officers who want to buy as a team. The purchased guides include a watermark demonstrating the original purchaser, to help protect the intellectual property of Rank Success.
What's in the Video Masterclass?
The video masterclass provides everything I cover in the in-person events. The main difference is you get an additional eGuide full of reading/CPD materials! You can also call me on my mobile for any Q&A and can watch the content from the comfort of your living room.
How do I download the Video Masterclass?
1. Ensure you have enough storage space on your chosen device and it is compatible with MP4 video files. The Full HD version requires 5GB, the HD version 3GB. Check this in your device's settings and have a clear-out if necessary before attempting to purchase my video. Also check your device is compatible with MP4 video files. A test MP4 video file can be downloaded below, it is a one minute snippet of the Masterclass.
2. When you know your device can accomodate the file type and size, purchase the product and download to your device. You will be emailed a download link for the video and associated 'Exclusive Insights' document. Click the link to download the items on your chosen device.
3. Watch and enjoy! Get a notepad ready and press play. Pause, rewind or replay at any point, like any other video. If your device and smart TV allow screencasting / screen mirroring, feel free to watch it that way.
Compatibility & download times
The video masterclass is an MP4 file, the most commonly compatible video file across all devices. You must however ensure your chosen device can play MP4 video files: Most major Windows, Apple, Android, and others are compatible by default, though some people might have unusual settings or an older model device (e.g. old Chromebook). Even if you have an older device, there are many apps to choose from in your device's 'App Store' to enable you to play such files through the app; explore yours! A test MP4 video file is provided above if you are still unsure.
You also must have enough storage space. At least 3GB for the 720p HD version and 5GB for the 1080 Full HD version. Choose the most suitable for you. Typical download times range from 10 - 40 minutes for these file sizes, it all depends on your internet speed.