Can a citizen from any country join?
To join applicants must:
a) Be a national of a European Union Member State, or
b) Be a national of an European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation, or
c) Be a refugee under the Refugee Act, 1996, or
d) Have a period of one 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
e) Have been granted subsidiary protection, 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.
How do I join An Garda Síochána?
The Public Appointments Service (PAS) manages the application process and the initial selection stages of the campaign on behalf of the Garda Commissioner.
To register your interest you must have a “User Account” on http://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). Once registered, you can set up a job alert for positions within An Garda Síochána. In the section “Create Job Alert” under Job Category select “Security/Emergency Services” and Sub Category “Garda” then “Add alert”. Candidates should not confuse registering (Creating a Profile) and setting up a job alert with submitting an application. Once the position is advertised you must then access the application form, complete and submit it.
How do members get into a specialist area?
Ordinarily new members of the service must spend at least three 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
Is there an age limit?
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;
What are the educational requirements?
Applicants must have by the closing date:
(a) obtained an Irish Leaving Certificate with a grade D3 minimum in five subjects at Ordinary Level*, or
(b) hold a Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ),
(c) hold 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. The contents and scoring mechanism to be used at the assessments (written and oral) will be determined by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).
Please click here for further information.
*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 (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.
What are the physical requirements?
Physical Requirements Pre Entry Tests
(1) Fitness Test
(2) Physical Competence Test
There are three parts to the fitness assessment;
(a) Progressive shuttle run,
(b) sit-up test (one minute time limit)
(c) press-up test (no time limit)
The objective of the progressive shuttle run test is to run as long as possible there and back along a 20m track, keeping to the speed indicated by the bleeps on the CD. The student will hear these bleeps at regular intervals. The test is maximal and progressive. At first the speed is slow, but the speed will increase at the end of each minute. The applicant should stop running when they can no longer keep up with the rhythm of the bleeps. You are advised to access/download the ‘Loughborough 20 Meter Shuttle Run – Fitness Assessment’.
Each applicant must attain the level of fitness indicated on the marking guidelines below.
Minimum Standards for the Shuttle Test
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
- Weave through cones
- Walk along a balance beam
- Lift a car wheel and carry it 3 metres
- Go underneath a barrier
- Jump over a mat (one metre wide)
- Drag a 45kg mannequin 2 metres
- Run up and down a stairs
- Climb over a gate
- Sprint 10 metres
- 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
- Stand on platform
- Grip handlebars (simulates chest height of average height of a person)
- Feet apart one foot in front of the other
- Push and pull the handlebars through the required stroke continuously (indicated by bleeps at the start and end of each stroke) for 20 secs
- If three bleeps are missed the test is invalid and the candidate must repeat the 20 sec test again, immediately
- During the test the force you are exerting will be continually measured and recorded on the computer system
- 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.
What does the training involve?
The Trainee Garda/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 Trainee Garda/Probationer training programme is delivered over 104 weeks leading to a BA in Applied Policing. The initial period of 34 weeks which includes two weeks leave comprises a block period at the Garda College. The training assignment will be for a period of 32 weeks or for such shorter or extended periods as the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána may determine. 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, trainees enter a contract of employment with An Garda Síochána.
Training is divided into three phases;
Phase I is 34 weeks including two weeks leave.
During Phase I of the training the Trainee Gardaí will reside at the Garda College, Templemore. Co. Tipperary - Monday to Friday inclusive. They will receive a training allowance of €184 per week. Trainee Gardaí will sign a Training Contract that will be valid for the period of their Phase I training. This training period may be extended for longer periods as the Garda Commissioner so directs. On successful completion of Phase I training the Trainee Garda will be attested and will progress to Phase II of their training. The Trainee Garda will now be a Probationer Garda and will be appointed as a member of An Garda Síochána.
Phase II is 34 weeks in total.
Phase II will be an operational phase where the newly appointed Probationer Garda will commence training in the operational field at a designated Garda Station. He/she will work alongside a Garda assigned to assist them. The Probationer Garda will be on a permanent contract of employment and pay.
Phase III is completely autonomous. In this phase of the training, the Probationer Garda will work independently.
The modules studied during the two year training programme 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 Trainee Gardaí/Probationers shall be subject to academic examinations and professional assessments. Participation in all examination subjects and professional assessments is mandatory. The Irish language and Physical Fitness are mandatory parts of the various modules and programme. Trainee Gardaí/Probationers are required to pass all examinations and assessments during their respective phases in order to progress to the conclusion of the programme. Any person seeking accommodations in respect of learning or other issues must declare same immediately upon arrival at the Garda College to commence Phase 1 training. Examples of Accommodations sought include Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.
Candidates should note that members of An Garda Síochána are required to serve at any station or centre within the State at the discretion of the Commissioner.
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 their 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 on GardaTrainee2022@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.
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’ 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 GardaTrainee2022@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 must include your PPS number when applying.
Public Appointments Service is committed to an equal opportunities policy in accordance with the Employment Equality Acts (1998 to 2011). 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 this form is completely voluntary, we would encourage applicants to assist in equality proofing our processes by completing it. Any responses given will have no bearing on the way in which your application is considered.
Applications are now:
OPEN until 3pm on the 16 March 2022
It is suggested that you apply well in advance of the closing date in case you experience any difficulties.
The competition for the selection of Garda Trainees attracts a very high number of applicants. Accordingly, the selection process to become a Garda Trainee is comprehensive, with candidates required to undertake a range of relevant assessment tests and exercises over a number of selection stages. The tests and exercises are designed to identify candidates suitable to be a Garda Trainee, with potential to become an attested member. Therefore, only the highest performing candidates at each particular stage will progress to the next stage. The numbers called forward to each stage of selection will be determined from time to time having regard to the number of places to be filled in the Garda College.
The Public Appointments Service will conduct the initial selection stages on behalf of the Garda Commissioner. Names and details of candidates who are successful and are placed highest on the order of merit following the selection stages conducted by the Public Appointments Service will be forwarded to An Garda Síochána for further consideration.
Neither An Garda Síochána nor the Public Appointments Service will be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred by candidates in relation to the recruitment process.
Job Preview Self Assessment Questionnaire
A realistic job preview questionnaire is included in this booklet (see Appendix A) which you should consider before making an application. This is not a part of the selection process but rather is for your own use to assist you in deciding if a career in An Garda Síochána is right for you.
Candidates will be required to take a number of tests which are designed to identify their potential to become a Garda Trainee. More detailed information in relation to the selection methods e.g. tests, exercises, etc., and confirmed dates will be made available to candidates as they progress through the process.
The methods used to select the successful candidates for this role may include:
- Assessment questionnaire(s)
- Tests and Exercises e.g. reasoning and ability tests
- Language test(s) e.g. in the case of fluency in Irish stream
- Physical Competence Test
- Medical Examination
- Any other assessment tests/exercises deemed appropriate
Overview of the Garda Trainee selection process
The chart below outlines the selection process that candidates can expect to participate in, should they apply for the General and Fluency in Irish Garda Trainee streams.
Key Dates for 2022 Campaign
|3pm on 16 March 2022||Closing Date|
Stage 1 On-line Assessments
Stage 2 - Other Assessments
|July 2022||Stage 3 - Interviews
Initially the top group of candidates from Stage 2 will be invited to Interviews in July 2022. Further groups may be invited from time to time as required
|August 2022||Stage 4 - An Garda Síochána Appointment Process
This will commence for those successful at Stage 3 in Public Appointments Service from August 2022. Physical Competence Test/Medical/Substance Misuse (Controlled Drug) Testing and Vetting.
It is envisaged that successful applicants from this campaign may be considered for intakes into the Garda College during 2022 and 2023.
There are a number of applicants still being processed from previous campaigns that will be considered first for intakes into the Garda College (subject to their files being approved).
(a) Stages 1 to 3 of the selection process will be conducted by the Public Appointments Service with Stage 4 being conducted by An Garda Síochána. Candidates who qualify and meet the eligibility requirements following Interview will go forward for consideration for appointment by An Garda
(b) As candidates progress through the various stages/elements of the selection and appointment process, they should make themselves available for any dates communicated to them as it may not be possible to reschedule.
Serving Garda Reserve Members Stream
Applicants for the Serving Garda Reserve Members Stream will undergo an alternative selection process to that outlined in the Selection Process Overview above. This will involve attending supervised tests at the first stage. Further details will be made available directly to applicants closer to the time.
As candidates progress through the various stages of the process they should make themselves available for any dates communicated to them as it may not be possible to reschedule.