Applicants must have obtained:
(a) an Irish Leaving Certificate with a grade D3 minimum in five subjects at ordinary level*, or
(b) a Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), or
(c) a recognised qualification (at level 5 or greater), deemed comparable to the above in terms of both level and volume of learning as determined by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
(d) a proven proficiency in two languages; one of which must be Irish or English. Such competency may be proven by achieving the relevant grades in an Irish Leaving Certificate or for English or Irish through such assessments as set out by the Public Appointments Service.
*Subjects taken at Foundation Level Leaving Certificate are not considered equivalent for entry to this competition. In certain cases a Pass in the Applied Leaving Certificate may be deemed equivalent to an Ordinary Leaving Certificate. In addition, applicants must also have proven proficiency in two languages as set out in 5(d) above.
The Public Appointments Service may verify the validity of qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Applicants should not contact QQI directly. Candidates may however refer to www.naric.ie which offers advice on the academic recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland.