Once candidates successfully complete all 4 stages of the recruitment process and provided they pass a personal background check, they will be invited for intake to the Garda Training College in Templemore, Co. Tipperary. The Garda Training College is a purpose-built residential training facility, equipped with all necessary classroom-based and physical training space required for modern law enforcement training. Recent investment has allowed for development of a physical testing facility, library, study area, IT facilities, a coffee lounge, courtroom and lecture theatre rating it en par with any third level education facility in the country. As an accredited Third Level training and educational centre within the National Qualification Framework (NQF) of Ireland, it provides accredited programmes from level 6 to level 9 on the NQF.
Training will take place for an initial 34 weeks in the Garda College where recruits will reside for the duration. Class numbers are small and allow trainee Gardaí to develop a rapport with fellow classmates and tutors. An overhaul in teaching methods has seen old theory based learning replaced with a new scenario based style of learning, thus forging a force equipped to deal with all situations while ensuring that ethics, human rights, values and community are considered in the management of all policing situations.
Upon completion of this residential training, Garda trainees are then assigned to a Garda Station where they will continue their training. Garda trainees will return on occasion to Templemore to complete further classroom-based studies. Throughout training in its entirety, a Garda Trainee will undergo a 104-week training programme. Upon completion, they will have attained a BA Degree in Applied Policing(level 7) accredited by the University of Limerick. Its affiliation with the University of Limerick ensures that the course content, structure and delivery is subject to the utmost of quality assurance.
This the foundation programme for Garda Trainees. This training programme is delivered over 104 weeks leading to a B.A. Degree in Applied Policing. The initial period of 34 weeks (minus two weeks annual leave) takes place at The Garda College. Subsequent training takes place predominantly in selected Garda Divisions. The B.A. in Applied Policing programme adopts a hybrid Problem Based Learning approach. Students will learn in small groups through engagement with realistic policing scenarios. At the outset, students will be given an authentic policing problem and will be required to work within their groups to resolve the issue. This methodology emphasizes the development of ‘learning to learn’ skills, the development of reflective practice and supports the transition into learning in an operational policing environment.
See here for a Garda Trainee sharing his experience in Templemore (Source: Youtube by Garda Press Office, Jan 26th, 2016)
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!"