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What is the application process?

What is the application process?

  • The Public Appointments Service will manage the application process and the initial selection stages of the campaign on behalf of the Garda Commissioner.
  • Applications should be made online to the Public Appointments Service through its website www.publicjobs.ie. It is recommended that applicants do not use a tablet / iPad or mobile device to apply.
  • To apply, candidates must have a “User Account” on www.publicjobs.ie.  If you have not already done so, you must register as a ‘New User’ to create your Profile (register a New Account).
  • If you cannot remember your profile details from before, please do not create a second profile as this could invalidate your application.
  • Persons who do not meet the conditions set out for this competition should not apply as it will put them to unnecessary trouble and expense.

Username / Password issues

Forgotten your username or password?

    If so, click on the following link:


How to contact Public Appointments Service?

If you continue to have ‘User Name’ or ‘Password’ difficulties please email Public Appointments Service at gardatrainee2019@publicjobs.ie outlining your issue and giving your name and contact details, including a telephone number, where you can be reached.

 Candidates should note that support will only be available during office hours until the closing date.

  • Candidates should not confuse registering (Creating a Profile) with submitting an application.  Once you have created a Profile you must then access the application form, complete and submit it.
  • Candidates must use their own valid email address.  Email addresses from third parties will not be accepted and may invalidate your application.  Public Appointments Service will only communicate application information with the candidate and not with any third party.
  • Username and Password -
    It is important that you keep note of your username and password as you will need this information to access your Publicjobs Messageboard. 
  • Should you change your email address or mobile phone number in the course of this recruitment campaign, you should login to your publicjobs folder and update your profile as soon as possible.  If it becomes necessary to send an email/text message notification to you, this will be sent to the email address/telephone number on your profile.
  • Publicjobs Messageboard     Interaction with candidates during the selection process will primarily be conducted online.  Public Appointments Service will send most communication through your Publicjobs Messageboard.  Check your Messageboard on a regular basis as email notifications of updates/tests issued to your Messageboard may sometimes be filtered into your Junk/Spam email folders (or ‘Promotions’ in the case of gmail).  You are also advised to check all these folders regularly.
  • If invited to tests and/or interview, the onus is on each applicant to make themselves available on the date(s) specified by the Public Appointments Service. 
  • The Public Appointments Service accepts no responsibility for communication not accessed or received by an applicant. They must ensure that they regularly check their Messageboard and access all communications from the Public Appointments Service. 

Access the job posting by clicking on the ‘Garda Trainee 2019’ link on the home page of www.publicjobs.ie. This document, Notes for Applicants and Conditions of Service, is also available with the job posting while the competition is advertised.  Please consider saving this document for future reference.

Click on the button ‘Apply now’ to access the application form. This button is located at the end of the job posting page. You must complete the application form in full and click the submit button.

Once you have submitted your application form you should return to your publicjobs account and confirm that it has been successfully submitted via ‘My Applications’.  At this point you should consider adding www.publicjobs.ie to your safe senders or contact list within your email account to avoid not receiving emails because a publicjobs email has been blocked.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within two working days of applying, please email gardatrainee2019@publicjobs.ie  Candidates should note that support will be available during office hours until the closing date.

Only fully completed and submitted applications will be accepted into the campaign.  The admission of a person to the competition, or invitation to undertake any element of the selection process is not to be taken as implying that the Public Appointments Service or the Garda Commissioner is satisfied that such a person fulfils the requirements.

Only one application per person is permitted. Remember, you should include your PPS number when applying.

Equality Monitoring

Public Appointments Service is committed to an equal opportunities policy in accordance with the Employment Equality Acts (1998 to 2015). In order to ensure that the policy is effective Public Appointments Service monitors its selection processes. To do this, a small number of equality monitoring questions is included at the application stage. While completion of these questions is completely voluntary, we would encourage applicants to assist in equality proofing our processes by completing them. Any responses given will have no bearing on the way in which your application is considered.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is:

 3pm on Wednesday 24th April 2019

It is suggested that you apply well in advance of the closing date

in case you experience any difficulties.