Hi there, I too have been knocked backed from the QLD police. I found it really devastating at the time but I moved into studying social work at uni which has suited me better. You are right, he has finished a Diploma so that means he is capable of completing tertiary study so really telling him to do the justice course is just blowing him off really. I had completed the Justice of Administration short course through QLD Tafe (a big money making scam if you ask me, for how much it costs and for the quality of the course) and even doing that doesn't guarantee you will get in. I went through the entire application process which took me about a year, medicals, fitness courses, fitness test, 2.4k run, bronze medallion, interviews and psychometrics and what it came down to was the intake I was in. The QLD police process the applications in intakes say maybe 50 people at a time. I found out on the day of my psychometric exam that the people in my intake had university degrees and managerial skills with years of experience. These are the types of skills that the police looks for these days, it has nothing to do with people skills, life experience or those whose personalities would make good officers. Like your husband I had a history of working in hospitality and it came down to the fact that my qualifications could not compete against these people. I know people who have applied in subsequent intakes with less qualifications than me, who are less committed (in my opinion)and they have gotten in, purely because they have been the best people in their intakes. This could explain why your husband did not get in this time. The police also knock back people to test how committed they are to joining. If your husband were to go away and do the course, (it doesn't necessarily have to be the justice couse either) and reapply, this professional development shows his commitment to acquring a position in the police. So chances are the next time he will definately get in! I hope my experience has offered you a bit of insight, tell your hubby to not give in! This is just a temporary setback. If he wants it bad enough he will get there!
3year old wonderful little helper