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2017 Recruitment is open for Garda Trainees

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2017 Recruitment is open for Garda Trainees

Thursday, May 11, 2017 

2017 Recruitment is open for Garda Trainees

The 2017 Garda Trainee campaign is now open!

A new Garda Síochána recruitment drive for Garda trainees has opened for applications today, with a closing date of Thursday 1st June 2017. An intake of up to 800 trainees is anticipated.

An Garda Síochána is the national police and security service of Ireland. 

The Mission of An Garda Síochána is to deliver professional policing and security services with the trust, confidence and support of the people we serve.

The Role

The role of a member of An Garda Síochána includes but is not limited to the following functions:

  • ensuring our nation’s security;
  • the prevention and detection of crime;
  • enhancing community safety;
  • reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injuries on our roads and improving road safety;
  • working with communities to prevent anti-social behaviour;
  • promoting an inter-agency approach to problem solving and improving the overall quality of life.

Videos: A day in the life of a Garda Trainee 

Videos: Becoming a Garda


The position of Garda Trainee requires candidates who are medically and physically fit, who have a dedicated sense of community spirit, are empathetic, and who are passionate about helping other people.

An Garda Síochána is especially interested in men and women who are involved in giving back to their community through voluntary work whether that is through the Garda Reserve, Reserve Defence Forces, Civil Defence or any other voluntary organisations.

An Garda Síochána serves all of the community and is encouraging women and individuals from minority groups to consider a career in policing.

Ideal candidates should be well organised, methodical, ethical and have a keen attention to detail.


To be eligible for selection as a trainee you must be 18 years of age but not yet 35 years of age on midnight of the 1st June, 2017 (i.e. born between 31st May 1982 and 1 st June 1999).


Candidates must have by the closing date:

(a) obtained an Irish Leaving Certificate with a grade D3 minimum in five subjects at Ordinary Level*


(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 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 which offers advice on the academic recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland.

Closing date for applications Thursday 1st June, 2017

Further Information

Application is via Public Jobs. Candidates should read the full and detailed application criteria -  Click here to read campaign information handbook and to acccess online application process.

The CareersPortal Team