PNPA Cadetship Program (Admission) for AY 2023



The PNPA Cadetship Program is a Government Scholarship Program. It is a 4-year tutoring and getting ready program provoking a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety degree. Confident recruits must take the PNPA Cadet Admission Test (PNPACAT) to prepare for the selection phase.

Graduates are designated as Police Lieutenants of the Philippine National Police, Inspectors of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Qualifications for PNPA Admission

  • Natural-born Filipino Citizen;
  • Must be 18-22 years old before June 1, 2024;
  • At least a Senior High School (SHS) Graduate and/or has satisfactorily complied with all the requirements for graduation before July 30, 2024;
  • Must have a NORMAL BMI;
  • Single with NO parental obligation;
  • Must be (minimum barefoot) 5’2” (158.4 cm) for males and 5’0 (152.4 cm) for females pursuant to R.A. 11549;
  • PHYSICALLY and MENTALLY fit to undergo rigorous training;
  • With good moral character (not been convicted of any criminal, administrative, or civil case);
  • No pending complaint and/or case involving moral turpitude or crimes against the state;
  • Not a former cadet of PNPA and other service academies; and
  • Never been dismissed for cause from any private or government position.

All possible questions about this may be answered if the post is carefully read and understood. These requirements cannot be waived or adjusted for conformity. Do not apply if you are not qualified.

Benefits and Privileges

One benefit of joining the PNPA Cadetship program is that you will work as a public authority researcher. They give a complete scholarship award for a very long time of preparation and teaching with compensation and reimbursements.

The Philippine National Police Academy is the premier public safety institution that hones the future leaders of the PNP, BJMP, and the BFP. Created by Section 19 of Presidential Decree 1184, it was established for the training and education of the members of the tri-bureau services of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Admitted cadets will undergo the PNPA Cadetship Program, a government-sponsored 4-year tertiary education course. Upon entry to the Academy, the PNPA cadets will receive monthly pay and allowances for their training and education expenses. After graduation from the program, they will be granted a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS) degree. Moreover, graduates are automatically appointed as Police Lieutenants of the PNP, Jail Inspectors of the BJMP, or Fire Inspectors of the BFP.


PNPACAT 2023 Schedule

According to the PNPA Official Facebook page, the online application for the 2023 PNPA Cadet Admission Test will start on January 20, 2023 at 5:00 PM and will run until July 30, 2023. The examination will be on August 2023 (subject to the approval of the CPNP). Please stay tuned for more updates.

How to Apply

The PNPA Entrance Exam online application requires the applicant to upload the following documentary requirements:

  • Scanned copy of your PSA Birth Certificate (keep your official receipt because you may need this in other phases in case you passed the exam);
  • Scanned copy of the PNPA BMI form signed by a licensed Physician (government or private);
  • A scanned copy of one (1) passport-sized (4.5cm x 3.5cm) ID picture with a name tag.

*Please be reminded that these files should not exceed 20 MB in file size. Reduce the image size before uploading.

Once you have all the necessary documents, follow these simple steps to register:

1. Create an Account

You will start your PNPA Cadetship journey by creating an account on their online application portal. On a computer with a good internet connection, go to the PNPA Application website (

For New Applicants

    • You will see the Welcome page of the application portal. Click the red button if you are a new applicant. Click the Privacy Notice tick-box then click the Continue button.

click the red button

  • Confirm that you are qualified to apply for the 2022 PNPACAT then click the continue button.
  • This link will take you to the REGISTRATION page. This is for first-time applicants only. Simply follow the directions at the top of each segment and continue. In the subsequent sections, you will be required to provide your name, address, gender, date of birth, and account details, which you will use to access your account.
  • A pop-up window will appear confirming that you successfully created an account. Take note of the application number that is created. This will be used for account identification. Then, you will be prompted to select between logging in immediately or later. A picture may also appear if a mistake occurs during registration. It will indicate when numerous applications with identical information are registered.
  • save the number on the screen

For Old Applicants

If you already applied for the previous PNPA Entrance Exam but were not accepted, click the gray button to log in. Enter your registered email address and the corresponding password that you used during the registration process.

provide login details

2. Provide the Required Information/Documents

You will then be redirected to a page that consists of sections. At this point, you will be required to enter your educational information, medical information, and indigenous profile, among other requirements. Use the drop-down button if needed.

provide information and upload docs

  • Fill out the required information. Choose your preferred testing center, and upload the scanned copies of your PSA Birth Certificate, Passport-Sized Picture, and Accomplished BMI Form.
  • At this stage, clicking FINALIZE will submit your information as TRUE AND CORRECT. This will also lock your account to prevent future access. If you wish to recheck your inputs, please click “PREVIOUS”.

3. Finalized your Application

You’ll be taken to a new page if you clicked FINALIZE. Please remember to keep a record of the security code which must not be disclosed to anyone. The PNPA is currently working on a portal that will allow you to see the status of your application for this year.
do not share the code
At this point, your application is complete and the PNPA will tell you via the contact information that you provided. The portal will now lock your account to prevent changes/editing of your submitted data.

Initial Requirements

To be able to take the PNPACAT, an aspiring cadet must possess the following criteria listed below. We advise our readers to read this part. Please, do not submit your application if you are not qualified, you’ll just waste your time.

Unlike the previous PNPACAT, those senior high school graduates with Highest Honors as well as college graduates with Latin awards are no longer exempted from taking the PNPACAT.

  • The interested applicant must be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • Must not be more than 22 years old or less than 18 years old upon admission. Those applicants who will be 23 years old or have not reached 18 years old by June 1, 2024 are disqualified;
  • Single and no child to support;
  • At least a Senior High School (SHS) Graduate and/or has satisfactorily complied with all the requirements for graduation before July 30, 2024
  • Pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 11549, male and female aspirants of 5’2” and 5’0 in height, respectively may now apply for the PNPACAT 2023. No need for a height waiver.
  • With a weight that corresponds to the applicant’s height, gender, and age in reference to Body Mass Index (BMI);
  • Physically and mentally fit to undergo rigorous training;
  • With good moral character (no criminal, administrative or civil derogatory record);
  • With no pending complaint and/or case in court involving moral turpitude and other cases against the State;
  • Not a former cadet of PNPA, or other service academies (PMA, PMMA, MAAP); and
  • Never been dismissed from any private employment or government position for a cause;

Related: PNPACAT 2023 Reviewer with Answer Key


Failure to meet just one of these initial requirements means disqualification from taking the PNPACAT and admission to the PNPA. Likewise, applicants who have any of the medical and dental conditions listed below are also disqualified:

  • Under height and overweight or obese;
  • Defective Visual Perception (e.g. color blindness, near-sighted/far-sighted with corrective eyeglasses or lens, nystagmus);
  • Any physical deformities like bow-leggedness, missing or extra fingers/toes, and other birth defects;
  • Hearing problems due to a perforated eardrum;
  • Chronic sinusitis, bleeding tendencies, hemorrhoids, hernia (if not treated), varicocele, extensive skin disorders;
  • History of heart disease, hypertension, asthma, active PTB, kidney and liver diseases, epileptic seizure disorders, major operations; communicable diseases (such as AIDS, Hepatitis, VD etc.);
  • Full dentures, upper and lower, cleft lip and palate, malocclusion, deformities of the face, open bite, tongue-tied, missing of four (4) anterior or front teeth, and missing of six (6) posterior/molar teeth;
  • Tattoos or other brotherhood marks;
  • Ear piercing for males and multiple ear piercing for females;
  • For Females:  Goiter; a history of pregnancy; the presence of breast mass; painful menstruation; and
  • Any other similar defects which may affect the performance of the cadet in the program.


Next Steps

Successful examinees who passed the PNPACAT shall qualify for the next stage of screening which is as follows:

  1. Physical Agility Test:
     Pull-ups  3  N/A
     Full Arms Hanging  N/A  45 seconds
     2-Minute Push-Ups  25  25
     2-Minute Sit-Ups  40  40
     100-Meter Dash  18 seconds  20 seconds
     3-Km Run  24 minutes  27 minutes
  2. Psychological and Psychiatric Examination (PPE);
  3. Physical, Medical, and Dental Examination (PMDE); and,
  4. Panel Interview.

The applicant must pass the early stages of the screening as the said testing is sequential. Applicants who fail at an earlier stage will not be allowed to proceed to the next step. Those who managed to pass all stages of admission will be appointed as PNPA cadets no later than May 1, 2024, as a member of PNPA Class of 2027.

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