An Garda Síochána



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How Do I Join An Garda Siochana?

Applications for An Garda Siochana can only be made online on a website called Applications cannot be made at any time. Applications are only accepted for a very short period when the position is advertised. There is no particular pattern as to when positions may be advertised. Once you are notified of a new recruitment campaign you should then apply online at Once you have successfully applied then the recruitment process begins.

What is the Recruitment Process?

The recruitment process involves 3 stages over an extended period. You will be automatically invited to Stage 1 – The Aptitude Test. Over the past number of years the aptitude test included 3 written tests – Test 1: Skills/Experience Questionnaire, Test 2: Analytical Reasoning, and Test 3: Job Simulation Exercises.

Stage 1

The Aptitude Test is highly competitive and there is an extremely high failure rate. If you are successful in Stage 1 you will be invited to Stage 2: The Structured Interview.

Stage 2

Over the last number of recruitment campaigns Stage 2: the Structured Interview included a Report Writing Exercise, a written Verbal Evaluation Exercise, as well a Structured Interview. Again this stage of the recruitment process is highly competitive.

Stage 3

The Physical/Medical Test is the final stage and generally is not a major obstacle to candidates who are of good fitness and health. A criminal background check is also carried out at this stage.

If you are successful in the recruitment process you will be placed on a panel and will be called to Templemore Garda Training College for your training.

What Does the Training Involve?

Over the last number of years, basic training has been divided into 5 phases and lasted 2 years. Initially, students spent 22 weeks at the Garda College in Templemore followed by a period of 24 weeks spent at selected stations under the direct supervision of tutorial staff. After further training at the College, students became members of the Service and attached to stations. While they were then empowered to enforce legislation, they remained under probation for a further 2 year period

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What are the Age Requirements?

The age requirements over the last number of years are as follows: Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 35 when the application process begins.

The educational requirements over the last number of years are as follows:

Candidates must have obtained in the Leaving Certificate Examination:

  1. A grade not lower than a B3 at Foundation Level or a D3 at another level in Mathematics.
  2. A qualifying grade in two languages, one of which must be English or Irish, as follows: English: a grade not lower that D3 at Ordinary Level, Irish: a grade not lower than C3 at Foundation Level or D3 at another level, Other language : a grade not lower than D3 at Ordinary Level, and
  3. A grade not lower than D3 at Ordinary Level, in not less than two other subjects.

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