2022 Garda Recruitment

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2022 Garda Recruitment

It has been confirmed that the next Garda recruitment campaign is due to commence in early 2022. The last recruitment competition for the Garda was held in early 2019. A large panel of successful candidates was assembled and was taken into the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, in tranches through 2019 and into 2020. However, the Covid-19 lockdown effectively closed the college, and now another recruitment process is due to begin in early 2022.


Language Requirement has been changed

The two language requirement has been removed for the 2022 Garda recruitment campaign.  Until now those joining the Garda had to be proficient in two languages, one of which had to be Irish or English. However, under the new changes proficiency in only one language will be required. The Garda Síochána (Admissions and Appointments) Regulations 2013 will be amended to give effect to the change. Source: www.gov.ie


Minority community applicants urged to apply 


A direct appeal is being made to members of minority communities to consider a career in policing.  The Government and Garda are making a specific appeal to African-Irish people and members of the Traveller community to join the Garda, and the language requirements are being changed to ensure proficiency in Irish is no longer an advantage.

The Government has next year committed to the recruitment of 800 extra Gardaí and 400 Garda staff and is dedicated to increasing diversity within An Garda Síochána. Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD also said she wanted to see more women applying for jobs in the Garda.


“Our new recruitment campaign provides a great opportunity to increase diversity within the service and I urge people from these communities to seriously think over Christmas about applying in the New Year.” 

What happens when the applications open? 

When the 2022 Garda recruitment competition is launched, applications will open on the Public Appointments Service website (www.publicjobs.ie). The Public Appointments Service is the centralised recruiter for An Garda Síochána and will process candidates on their behalf.  

Free Job Alert Service

We offer a complimentary Free Job Alert service on our website if you would like to sign up to this we will notify those on the list when we hear any news of the next campaign. To sign up to this see here: https://careerservices.ie/job-alert-service

The Public Appointment Service is the official centralised recruiter for An Garda Síochána and will take applications and process candidates when a new recruitment campaign is launched. They also offers a Job Alert Service and we would recommend signing up for this. You can sign up for Job Alerts on www.publicjobs.ie by creating an account. Once you are logged in, select 'My Job Alerts' on the left-side menu. You can name this job alert as something like 'Garda_Trainee' and select the relevant Job Category. 


Preparing for the 2022 Garda Recruitment competition 

Those who apply will be required to succeed at a number of competitive stages which will involve psychometric tests and assessments. We have been providing preparation courses for Garda entrance exams since the introduction of aptitude tests in 1987. We are Ireland's leading preparation course provider for Garda entrance tests and there are thousands of serving members that have undertaken our courses over the years. See here for more