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How An Garda Sí­ochána Recruit

How An Garda Sí­ochána Recruit

What are the main entry requirements and recruitment procedures?

Educational requirements

Applicants must:

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.

Full details of Entry Requirements are available here.

Recruitment Procedures

The recruitment process for An Garda Síochána includes assessment, interview, vetting, physical testing and medical examination. Full details are available on publicjobs.ie.


The B.A in Applied Policing is the Foundation Programme for Garda Trainees. Full details of the programme are available here.

VideoGarda Training - Pre-selection Physical Fitness Test

Where to go for current vacancies?

Application to An Garda Síochána is through www.publicjobs.ie - those interested in applying can register to receive notification on the next campaign.