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Onsite activities provide an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of a subject. Teaching often features case studies and participants are encouraged to share best practices. Since 2019 CEPOL offers simulations in its trainings.

All participant applications for onsite activities must be made through your CEPOL National Unit.

Onsite Training Activity is a physical gathering of Participants and Trainers for a certain number of days for the purpose of transfer of knowledge, expertise and skills between Trainers and Participants, facilitated by the Organiser, who is represented by the Activity Manager. The term “residential” refers to the fact that a physical venue is required.

An Onsite Training Activity can be a course, a seminar, or a conference:

  • Course is a training programme on a particular topic by means of learning/teaching activities like a specified number of lessons, practical exercises, study visits, discussions, group work, assignments, etc.
  • Seminar is a meeting for an intensive exchange of knowledge, experience or views on a specific topic for the encouragement and improvement of cooperation. It is a discussion focused upon an expert(s) presentation(s), project report or paper(s).
  • Conference is a large official meeting which may last several days and at which people with the same or similar work or interests come together to enhance their knowledge, experience, views and understanding.

Onsite Training Activity Organiser: CEPOL itself or a Framework Partner in a Member State1, responsible for preparing all aspects of a Onsite Training Activity, covering the content, budget planning, implementation and logistics, following the timeline for Onsite Training Activities. The Organiser is free to organise the respective work as necessary by having an Activity Manager and staff meant to assist with the organisation of content and/or logistics.


Activity Manager: natural person nominated by the Organiser, who is responsible for implementing the Onsite Training Activity, according to the Curriculum, Programme, Budget and ensuring all the necessary logistical aspects for its implementation.

Trainers: natural persons who transfer their knowledge, expertise and skills before, during and after the Onsite Training Activity, and prepare and deliver the learning in cooperation with the Organiser and using the CEPOL Learning Management System (LMS). Trainers can be from:

  • Law enforcement agencies and training institutions,
  • EU Agencies or bodies,
  • the Framework Partners,
  • international or regional organisations and entities,
  • private sector,
  • academia, or
  • other relevant entities.

Teaching methods:

  • Lectures
  • Practical exercise
  • Assignments
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Role-play
  • Other

Assessment strategy:

The assessment strategy has the focus on the learning process, not on a grading. It is a combination of:

  • Participant profile.
  • Self-assessment.
  • Participant feedback.
  • Monitoring through the course.

More information available in the User's Guide for Participants of CEPOL Residential Training Activities, in Decision 12/2016/GB on the CEPOL Training Evaluation Methodology and in the Privacy Statement for the Processing of Personal Data in CEPOL Residential Training Activities.

List of onsite activities

1Denmark is not considered Member States in relation to CEPOL in accordance with Protocol 22 on the position of Denmark and Protocol 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice, annexed to the TEU and to the TFEU.

CEPOL’s online learning platform, LEEd is open to all EU law enforcement officers and is free to use.

Online learning is a good way to learn at your own pace and in your own time. You can choose from webinars, online modules and courses or join communities of practice.

To take part in online learning, you must be a registered LEEd user.

List of webinars

List of online courses

List of online modules

The CEPOL Exchange Programme

As part of its training portfolio, CEPOL offers law enforcement officials the possibility to participate in a European learning programme facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences. CEPOL Exchange is a two-way cross-border programme allowing selected law enforcement institutions to host officials from another country for a period of one week, giving them the chance to exchange insights and good practices, build trust, initiate cooperation projects and foster deep and long-lasting learning and networking opportunities.

The programme fulfils one of CEPOL’s key objectives - developing a European law enforcement culture. More specifically, it seeks to enhance cooperation in combating crime through learning and provides participants with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with working methods of other countries, promoting trust and cooperation between law enforcement officials from across Europe and beyond.

More than 4,500 law enforcement officials from different services (police, customs, border and coast guards, tax authorities, prosecutors) have taken part in this learning experience since the programme was launched in 2007.

Exchange opportunities in 2022

Participation in the CEPOL Exchange Programme in 2022 is possible through any of the following modules:

  • The CEPOL General Exchange Programme and the CEPOL-EJTN Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities related to judiciary cooperation in a joint collaboration with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN)
  • The CEPOL International Cooperation Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities within the frame of CEPOL’s International Cooperation projects with EU Neighbourhood countries

As for the CEPOL International Cooperation Exchange Programme module, three different projects offer exchange opportunities to law enforcement officials:

Disclaimer: Checking and complying with requirements related to travel are the sole responsibility of participants. Please always check with your host the travel restrictions that may apply and the necessary documents to travel to your destination. CEPOL cannot take any responsibility for exchange participants non-complying with the requirements set by the country of the hosting institution.


A webinar will be organised on 16 February 2022 to provide information to prospective exchangees and their National Exchange Coordinators on the CEPOL Exchange Programme modules in 2022 and to clarify questions in relation to the application process. If you are a registered user of CEPOL's Learning Management System (LEEd), you can register for the webinar here. (Not yet a user of LEEd? Apply for access here.)


The application deadline is 4th March 2022, but please bear in mind that internal deadlines might differ, please check with the National Exchange Coordinator of you country.

In 2022 the implementation period starts at mid-April and lasts until mid-November.

More information

For detailed information please consult the below User Guide.


Law enforcement staff interested in taking part in the CEPOL Exchange Programme can contact their National Exchange Coordinator through their CEPOL National Unit:

EU Member State with opt-out from CEPOL regulation1
EU Associated Countries
Candidate countries with Working Arrangement with CEPOL
    Potential candidate countries with Working Arrangement with CEPOL
    Law enforcement staff from the following countries interested in taking part in the CEPOL Exchange Programme will be directed by CEPOL colleagues to the corresponding Single Point of Contact in their own countries:

    1 Denmark is not considered Member States in relation to CEPOL in accordance with Protocol 22 on the position of Denmark in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice, annexed to the TEU and to the TFEU. The United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member State since 1 February 2020.

    * This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

    For further insight search for #CEPOLexchange at social media channels and download the documents below:

    CEPOL European Joint Master Programme

    SECOND EDITION - 2017-2019

    Last update: The deadline for applications has expired, 30 students have been selected to attend the second edition of the CEPOL EJMP.

    Attendance: blended learning

    Dates: October 2017 - October 2019

    1. What is the CEPOL European Joint Master Programme?

    2. Entry requirements

    3. Structure

    4. Costs

    5. The Master in depth

    6. What can you expect from this programme?


    The CEPOL European Joint Master Programme (EJMP) is an EU academic programme which aims to address common challenges of police cooperation in the frame of internal security. It provides students with science-based competences in a European community of practice.

    This master programme is unique and complementary to the Higher Education Programme and to existing master programmes on policing in the EU Member States. The programme fully complies with the Bologna Declaration for higher education and the Dublin Descriptors, which are recognised by all universities in the European Union. This alignment warrants the academic quality, coherence and consistency of the European Joint Master Programme.

    The European Joint Master Programme (EJMP) is a very important learning programme in CEPOL’s portfolio, and is dedicated to the legal and operational aspects of international and European police cooperation. The academic programme is implemented by a Consortium of 22 partners, and the diploma is awarded by the National Distance University in Spain (UNED) and jointly developed and delivered in cooperation with University Consortium Partners from Hungary, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, the Netherlands, UK and Estonia.

    The EJMP is addressed to senior law enforcement officers or experts in general management and specialist positions who intend to gain or improve competences in the field of international and European police and law enforcement management.

    The language of the CEPOL European Joint Master Programme is English.


    Without prejudice to national legislations, in order to be eligible to take part in the EJMP applicants must have as a minimum:

    • a Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent in national education to a Bachelor’s Degree recognised at a level of 180-240 ECTS - the level of acquired credits is dependent on the competence of each Member State to set the minimum eligibility criteria between 180 and 240 ECTS. In terms of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) this is comparable to EQF level 6.
    • good command of the English language at minimum B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, with a language certificate of this equivalence. Native speakers with English as mother tongue are not required to submit a language certificate.


    The EJMP is a part time fully academic programme that consists of 6 modules totalling 46 ECTS and one module of 14 ECTS representing the module of the Master Thesis. All modules are compulsory and the EJMP will be delivered within 2 years. The EJMP shall imply blended learning and a restricted number of residential phases, which involves the mobility of teachers and students.






    General Introduction and Methodology

    12 weeks

    100 hrs



    International and Comparative Policing

    12 weeks

    200 hours



    Governance and Strategic Aspects of International Police Cooperation

    12 weeks

    200 hours



    Legal and Regulatory Aspects of European Police Cooperation

    12 weeks

    200 hours



    Operational Aspects of European Police Cooperation

    12 weeks

    225 hours



    Management and Leadership Aspects of European Police Cooperation

    12 weeks

    225 hours



    Master thesis

    18 weeks

    350 hours



    Studies are free of charge for students from EU Member States that have adopted the CEPOL regulation 2015/2219. CEPOL will pay for flights, accommodation and meals including study costs in line with the budget approved by the CEPOL Management Board. CEPOL can fund a total of 30 students; however, it is also possible to accept up to further 10 self-paying students nominated through the CEPOL network.


    Students responsibilities

    Students must attend all the residential modules specified in course timetable and follow the rules relative to the university/police facility implementing the module. A short absence may be authorised for personal reasons. A code of conduct will need to be signed by all students.

    Methods of delivery

    The European Joint Master Programme will be implemented by the way of blended learning. Each of the six learning modules encompasses a residential week in the organising institution. The Master thesis has to be defended, and the thesis defence can be performed by means of a video conference.

    The CEPOL learning environment is part of the learning structure, including an e-learning environment. The European Joint Master Programme rests on an integrated cooperation between CEPOL and the participant universities in the EU Member States, in which CEPOL provides a unique e-learning environment and academic facilities such as documentary resources. Webinars and online modules are an essential part of the content. Additional e-learning facilities can be provided by the university awarding the diploma.

    Specific learning materials as manuals, textbooks, readers etc. are developed to meet the specific interests of the students and to cover the specific subjects of the European Joint Master Programme. The teaching and learning methods will be distributed according to the logic of curriculum consistency and coherence.

    Detailed module descriptions, teacher’s manuals, study guides, compulsory and recommended literature will be provided insofar as necessary by the institutions responsible for a certain module. The learning and teaching methods used during the two years’ master programme serve the development of professional and intercultural competences of the students, and have a direct link to competences which have to be improved and to the learning outcomes of the modules.

    Examples of methods of delivery are:

    • Panel discussions
    • Lectures
    • Case studies
    • Group works
    • Learning café

    Dates of implementation

    The EJMP is 2-year programme. Please note that the following dates of implementation may be subject to changes:



    Pre-learning phase

    Residential week

    Post learning phase




    02/09/2017 – 08/10/2017

    09/10/2017 – 13/10/2017

    14/10/2017 – 24/11/2017



    25/11/2017 – 14/01/2018

    15/01/2018 – 19/01/2018

    20/01/2018 – 16/02/2018

    Holiday 23/12/2017-05/01/2018



    17/02/2018 – 25/03/2018

    26/03/2018 – 30/03/2018

    31/03/2018 – 11/05/2018



    12/05/2018 – 17/06/2018

    18/06/2018 – 22/06/2018

    23/06/2018 – 03/08/2018

    Holiday 04/08/2018 – 26/08/2018



    27/08/2018 – 23/09/2018

    24/09/2018 –28/09/2018

    29/09/2018 – 09/11/2018



    10/11/2018 – 09/12/2018

    10/12/2018 – 14/12/2018

    15/12/2018 – 15/02/2019

    Holiday 22/12/2018 – 06/01/2019




    16/02/2019 – 16/06/2019


    17/06/2019 – 14/07/2019


    15/07/2019 – 02/08/2019

    Holiday 03/08/2019 – graduation October

    More information about timetables and deadlines is available at CEPOL’s Learning Management System (LMS) on e-Net.


    To obtain the Master Diploma it will be necessary to get a minimum marking of 50 out of 100 in each module and pass the Master Thesis.

    The oral defence represents a maximum of 20% of the mark for the Master Thesis, and the written part corresponds to maximum 80% of the mark.

    The Board of Examiners will have right to give the final validation of the Master Thesis.

    Assessment criteria are distinguished under 5 headings which indicate the level of the performance of an academic professional in different gradations for the same dimensions. The dimensions of the “assessment grid” refer to the level of quality of:

    • the selection, reading and analysis of literature;
    • the understanding and articulation of the relationship between theoretical perspectives and practical circumstances;
    • the organisation of the material;
    • the accuracy of referencing;
    • the extent of bibliography;
    • the relationship between questioning and process of study;
    • the clarity and logic of the arguments, premises and conclusions;
    • the discernment and expression of reasoning.

    If a student fails an assessment, he/she will have a second opportunity. With regards to written exams including online tests, the second attempt will take place after the conclusion of the residential week.

    Concerning the elaboration of a written assessment, if the student fails he/she will have to prepare and submit a new work to the examiner following his/her instructions.

    Students will also have a second opportunity when failing the Master Thesis. This second opportunity will be granted on the following Master Thesis defence session at his own expenses.

    Failing twice in the same assessment will impede the progression from one module to the following, and the student will be expelled from the Programme.

    The expulsion of the student will be decided by the Master Programme Committee after receiving all the information from the consortium partner implementing the module. An appeal procedure to the Steering Board is available.


    Students and employers must both be aware that this is a comprehensive part-time academic study in English, and the study will be both difficult and time consuming.

    However, students who succeed in their studies can look forward to a unique, CEPOL-endorsed pan-European Master Diploma recognised by every university in the Bologna space.


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