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    To join applicants must:

    a) Be a national of a European Union Member State, or

    b) Be a national of an EEA State or the Swiss Confederation, or

    c) Be a refugee under the Refugee Act, 1996, or

    d) Have a period of 1 year's continuous residence in the State on the closing date of the advertisement for the competition for the vacancy to which the admission relates, and during the eight years immediately preceeding that period, has had a total residence in the State amounting to four years, or Have been granted subsidiary protection, or

    e) is a family member of such a person, in compliance with the Admissions and Appointments Regulations, 2013.

    No, there is no internal transfer process. You must go through the normal recruitment process.

    Visit the Website of the Public Appointments Service www.publicjobs.ie

    Applications for the position of Garda Trainee are made by way of an online application process which is managed by the Public Appointments Service.  To receive notifications of Garda Trainee recruitment campaigns as they arise you must register as a member of http://www.publicjobs.ie  

    Ordinarily new members of the Service must spend at least 3 years on normal uniformed policing duties. After that, they are free to apply for any vacancies which may arise in specialist areas. Each section will have its own unique selection procedures.

    The requirement to be of a specific height has been removed and replaced with a physical competence test.

    Watch the Physical Competence Test video here



    Applicants must be 18 years of age but not yet 35 years of age on midnight of the closing date for the competition e.g. 5 January 2016, therefore you must have been born between 6 January 1981 and 5 January 1998.

    In addition to the eligibility criteria relating to age, education and citizenship, applicants must:

    a) Be of good character;
    b) Be certified by a Registered Medical Practitioner (nominated by the Garda
    c) Commissioner after consultation with the Minister) to be of good health, of sound constitution and fitted physically and mentally to perform the duties of a member of the Service.
    d) Have passed a Physical Competence Test;

    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) Must have 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.

    Each applicant must attain the level of fitness indicated on the marking guidelines below.


    Minimum Standards for the Shuttle Test







    Level 8.8

    Level 7.6


    Level 8.1

    Level 6.6


    Level 6.6

    Level 5.4

    Minimum Standards for the ‘Sit Up’ Test (one minute)

















    Minimum Standards for the Press Up Test (no time restriction)













    Physical Competence Test


    The test consists of the following,


    (a)        A competency based timed circuit (3 laps)

    (b)        A push / pull machine assessment.


    (A)       Physical Competence Test


    1.        Sprint start

    1. Weave through cones
    2. Walk along a balance beam
    3. Lift a car wheel and carry it 3 metres
    4. Go underneath  a barrier
    5. Jump over a mat (one metre wide)
    6. Drag a 45kg mannequin 2 metres
    7. Run up and down a stairs
    8. Climb over a gate
    9. Sprint 10 metres
    10. Complete circuit 3 times in fastest time possible Pass standard is 3 mins and 20 secs


    (B)       Push Pull Machine Test


    The objective of the test taken is to measure the maximal force you are capable of exerting in pushing and pulling. This test is intended to relate to the physical strength requirements of a Garda in a range of typical situations



    1. Stand on platform
    2. Grip handlebars (simulates chest height of average height of a person)
    3. Feet apart one foot in front of the other
    4. Push and pull the handlebars through the required stroke continuously (indicated by bleeps at the start and end of each stroke) for 20 secs
    5. If three bleeps are missed the test is invalid and the candidate must repeat the 20 sec test again, immediately
    6. During the test the force you are exerting will be continually measured and recorded on the computer system
    7. In order to achieve your maximal force you will need to use your entire body and concentrate on pushing and pulling hard throughout the entire stroke


    A video detailing the Physical Competence Test can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXo3roYoCUw&feature=youtu.be



    Student Probationer Programme

    The student/probationer programme is the bedrock of the organisation learning development strategy, the foundations on which all other learning in the organisation is built on. 

    The Student/Probationer training programme is delivered over 104 weeks leading to a BA in Applied Policing. The initial period of 34 weeks which includes two reading weeks comprises a block period at the Garda College. The remainder of training takes place predominately at selected Garda Divisions with specific periods of tuition built in and annual leave included at specific times. The programme will be delivered using a problem based learning approach. For the duration of the programme and beyond, students enter a contract of employment with An Garda Síochána.

    The modules studied are:

    * Foundations of Policing
    * Professional Competence I
    *Crime & Incident Policing I
    * Policing with Communities I
    * Road Traffic Policing I
    * Station Roles and Responsibilities I
    * Officer and Public Safety
    * Professional Competence II
    * Crime / Incident Policing II
    * Policing with Communities II
    * Road Traffic Policing II
    * Station Roles and Responsibilities II
    * Professional Competence III
    * Law and Procedures
    * Policing with Communities III

    Academic and Professional Assessment 

    Throughout the programme Student/Probationers shall be subject to academic examinations and professional assessments. Participation in all examination subjects and professional assessments is mandatory. Student/Probationers are required to pass all examinations and assessments in order to progress to the conclusion of the programme.