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Garda Recruitment Preparation

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We have helped thousands of candidates to succeed in each of the stages of the Garda recruitment campaign. We have undoubtedly established ourselves as Ireland's leading provider of Garda preparation courses, with 30 years of experience, we are the only provider of online practice tests. To help you prepare for the recruitment campaign, we have researched, developed, and formatted our best Garda preparation courses to date. Our courses will provide you with the best opportunity to achieve your dream career with An Garda Síochána. 

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2018 Garda Recruitment Campaign

A New 2018 Garda Recruitment Campaign was launched by the Minister for Justice. The closing date for applications was 12 noon, June 7th 2018. It is expected that that there could be upwards of 5,000 applicants. Applications for Garda Recruitment campaigns can only be made through the PAS website See below for our Garda preparation course options for the 2018 Garda Recruitment campaign. 


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The Start of Your Journey

Thank you for your interest in using Career Services as your portal to start your career with An Garda Síochána.  Career Services are the leaders and longest established preparation course providers in Ireland for a large variety of careers. Since 1987, our specialised preparation courses for aptitude tests, entrance exams and structured interviews have been helping thousands of candidates gain entry into careers like An Garda Síochána, Prison Officers, Firefighters, Defence Forces, Mature Student Nurses, Paramedics, ESB Apprenticeships, etc.


An Garda Síochána mission statement: "Working with Communities to Protect and Serve".

Becoming a member of An Garda Síochána is an exceptional career decision. It is a permanent position that offers several great benefits such as:

  • - a generous salary
  • - numerous opportunities for career progression                       
  • - the security of a public service pension

But perhaps most importantly, it is a position that is respected by people up and down the country because as a Garda, you will be making a proactive contribution by building relationships and trust within the community.

Rigorous Selection Process

Unfortunately, it is not easy to become a member of An Garda Síochána. To do this, you must prove yourself by navigating through a rigorous selection process. This process will not be made any easier by the vast numbers of people who will be applying for the recruitment campaign.

However, you may feel comforted by the fact that since 1987, thousands of candidates have successfully availed of our services before you. These candidates are now either serving members of An Garda Síochána or are students currently attending the Garda Training College in Templemore. We fully recognise that our very best advertisements are the recurring recommendations that these individuals provide to members of the public on an on-going basis. In fact, we encourage you to ask members of An Garda Síochána about our services. We are confident that they will endorse our position as the most successful Garda preparation course providers in Ireland.


Real People, Real Needs


As an Irish family run business, we are on the ground experiencing the same cultural, political and social experiences as you. This places us in a unique position to understand your personal needs.

Our courses are tailored to meet your needs through our vast experience. Our experienced tutors are actively involved in the business daily. If you wish, pick up the phone and give us a call. 

Alternatively, please use this website to learn more about the recruitment process and our esteemed preparation courses.


 The Stages and Preparation 

Garda Stage 1 

Stage 1 of the Garda Recruitment campaign consists of a variety of Aptitude tests and Job simulation exercises.

Garda Stage 1 Courses

We have spent hundreds of hours perfecting our Stage 1 Garda Aptitude Test Preparation Courses.  This is a complete study programme that enables our students to peak for the official Garda online aptitude tests and assessments. To provide you with a choice, and to meet your individual needs, we have created two course options:

  1. The Garda Combined Course
  2. The Online Home Study Course

 See here for our current Garda Stage 1 preparation courses: Garda Stage 1 Preparation Courses


 Garda Stage 2 

Once results have been announced for the Garda Stage 1 tests successful candidates will face into Stage 2 of the Garda Recruitment campaign. 

Stage 2 of the Garda Recruitment campaign is the Assessment Centre Stage and will comprise of the following:

  • Re-test of the assessments undertaken at Stage 1
  • Job Simulation Exercises
  • Report Writing Exercise

To help candidates succeed in Stage 2, we provide our Garda Stage 2 preparation courses. Our Garda Stage 2 preparation courses focus on Report Writing & Job Simulation Exercises. In addition, our customers gain access to our e-learning platform which will provide them with access to exclusive online practice aptitude tests. 


Garda Stage 2 Combined Course 

The course consists of a classroom-based course and access to our online e-Learning platform for additional practice material. The classroom-based course will concentrate on The Report Writing Exercises and Job Simulation Exercises as these are the new assessments usually undertaken at Stage 2.  You will be able to practice the styles of aptitude tests undertaken at Stage 1 for the stage 2 resit on our online e-Learning platform as you will already be familiar with the concepts of these assessments from Stage 1. In addition, there will be Report Writing Exercises on our e-Learning platform as part of the Report Writing preparation. 

See here for Garda Stage 2 preparation and current courses:  Garda Stage 2 Preparation 


Garda Stage 3 

Garda Stage 3 Interview Course 

Stage 3 of the Garda Recruitment campaign is a competency-based interview. During our Garda Stage 3 Interview preparation course all aspects of the Stage 3 Garda Interview will be fully analysed and discussed by professionals with the highest relevant qualifications and experience in Stage 3 of the Garda Recruitment Process. Our courses provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to ensure a positive learning environment and we find this also encourages questioning from students providing for a clear understanding for the whole class. The course also provides a great opportunity to meet other applicants and this allows for sharing of experiences and works towards building confidence and motivation.

See here for Garda Stage 3 preparation and current courses: Garda Stage 3 Preparation


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