Garda Trainees receive €184 per week during the initial 32 weeks of training. During this time, accommodation and food is provided by the Garda College. After 32 weeks Garda Trainees move on to the first point of Garda Incremental pay scale. You actually get paid while studying for your degree!
The pay of all public servants is determined by the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform in consultation with relevant parties. The rates of pay and allowances are indicative and are therefore subject to change.
Garda Trainees attest after 32 weeks and move onto the first point of the Garda incremental pay scale of €29,699. The incremental scale rises to €48,271 per annum after 8 years with two further increments after 13- and 19-years' service which bring the maximum of the pay scale to €51,963 per annum after 19 years (1st January 2018 rates). Other allowances may also be payable, including for unsocial hours, as may overtime.
Trainees who do not reach the standard required for progression into each Phase will be required to repeat the Module/Phase in its entirety. Trainees who fail to reach the standard for progression having been afforded the opportunity to repeat assessments in line with the Garda College Academic Regulations during any of the Modules/Phases, will be deemed unsuitable for a career in An Garda Síochána.
Source: 2018 Notes for Candidates Document issued by PAS
The competition for the selection of Garda Trainees attracts a very high number of applicants in every campaign. Accordingly, the selection process to become a Garda Trainee is rigorous, with candidates required to undertake a range of relevant assessment tests and exercises over a number of selection stages. Our courses are carefully designed by experts in the industry and in Garda Recruitment. We have been successfully preparing candidates for Garda Recruitment campaigns for over 30 years. No one else can come close to that experience. Becoming a Garda is an exceptional career decision which is why only a select few will make it through the process. These candidates know the importance not only of preparation but of investing in the best preparation.
Becoming a member of An Garda Síochána is an exceptional career decision. It is a permanent position that offers a number of great benefits such as:
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.
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.
Gardaí who have the required skills may apply for promotion to the role of Garda sergeant, and climb the ranks of an Garda Síochána. The Ranks of An Garda Síochána are:
→ Chief Superintendent
→ Assistant Commissioner
→ Deputy Commissioner
Garda Trainee Jack McGovern speaks about his experience of the stages of recruitment and the Garda College in Templemore. (Source - Garda Press Office - Careers Portal)
Think of preparation as one of the best investments you could ever make. You are giving yourself the best chance at success in the recruitment campaign and at gaining a great career with the following benefits:
This is a competitive process and often successful candidates are brought forward by order of merit. So, preparation is not just important in order to pass the Garda tests but also to maximise your scores in them. Candidates that prepare have an instant advantage.
What is it worth knowing that you are giving yourself the best opportunity to succeed in the assessments?
Our experience has shown us that the most serious applicants do not believe in taking shortcuts. Neither do we. We focus on providing the highest quality preparation and have done so for over 30 years. As a result, our courses are the best in the market.
Simply put, we give you the best opportunity of succeeding!
"I am currently waiting for the next intake class after passing all stages with an OOM in the 50s. I don't know how I would have fared without the help of Career Services. They gave a clear direction and strategy for doing well in the various stages. The course instructors were brilliant and helped with feedback and advice long after the courses were over. The work put in on your own time is massively important but with the direction of Career Services, you know what to aim at and how to hit it every time. I couldn't recommend the course and people involved more highly"
"I did a Garda stage 1, 2 and 3 preparation course last year with ye, I started my training last week in Templemore and can honestly say I wouldn't be there if not for the preparation courses, the best money I ever spent thanks again"
"Just wanted to send a brief note thanking you and all the team from career services. I've passed all stages and I'm waiting for a start date (hopefully September). I can easily say there's not a chance I would be here had I not done Stage 1, 2 in particular. In 2013 I bombed out first round!! The online site, which I used literally every day was an invaluable source for preparation. The interview course gave me great confidence going in to my own interview. Thank You, best money I've ever spent!"