Clerical Officers


Career Services-The Entrance Exam Experts provide preparation courses for clerical officer aptitude tests. Our courses have been used by candidates for various national clerical officer competitions and have been of great benefit to candidates entering previous national clerical officer competitions.

 Clerical Officer Preparation Course

2017 National Recruitment Campaign

The Public Appointments Service launched a national recruitment campaign for clerical officer positions in Dublin. Applications for the 2017 Clerical Officer Competition for positions in Dublin were taken on the Public Appointments Service website here. The deadline for applications was 3pm on Thursday 28th September. 

Selection Process (for those that applied to the recent campaign- based off PAS information booklet)

The selection methods used to select successful candidates for positions may include:

• Completion of an online Questionnaire;

• Online and/or paper-based assessment test(s);

• Language tests (oral and/or written) e.g. in the case of applicants for the Irish stream;

• Interview(s);

• Any other tests/exercises deemed appropriate. 


Preparation for the Clerical Officer Aptitude Tests 

Our courses feature online practice tests which help candidates familiarise themselves with the format and style of questioning that have been used in various national clerical officer competitions. The course comprises of our exclusive online practice tests through our e-learning platform. The course content and online practice tests cover verbal comprehension, numerical reasoning and error checking. 

This course is excellent preparation for anyone applying to the national competition and indeed other clerical officer competitions such as the HSE clerical officer competition and various others.


Click here to find out more about what our online course consists of: Clerical Officer Online Course


What is the Clerical Officer National Competition? 

The Clerical Officer Competition is a national competition that recruits administrative staff into various government departments in the Public Service. The PAS (Public Appointments Service) is the centralised recruiter for the Civil Service. They run the competition to establish panels of suitably qualified individuals from which various vacancies may be filled.


Assessment Tests 

2016 Campaign: Candidates were invited to complete  Part A of Stage 1 by the Public Appointments Service. Part A was an Assessment Questionnaire and the deadline for completion was set as Wednesday 29th 2016. Part B comprised of clerical officer aptitude tests. We run comprehensive preparation courses for Clerical Officer online aptitude tests. To view our current course options please see here:  Clerical Officer Preparation Course


The Benefits of working in the Public Sector

  • Job security, typically once a candidate is hired they tend to stay within the Public Sector
  • Permanent and pensionable career
  • Opportunities for promotion and advancement
  • Further Education Opportunities 
  • Challenging and rewarding work in a team environment
  • Responsibility of working in a Government Dept
  • Pay scale


Who is the Clerical Officer Recruitment Campaign open to?  

Intending candidates must possess the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to carry out the role and be capable and competent of fulfilling the role to a high standard while also fulfilling citizenship, health and character requirements. A full list of eligibility criteria is available from the Public Appointments Service website when a recruitment campaign is launched. 


How do I apply?

Applications are made through the Public Appointments Service website when a competition is launched. 

2017 Clerical Competition: Applications for the 2017 Clerical Officer Competition for positions in Dublin are being taken on the Public Appointments Service website here.

2016 Clerical Officer Campaign was launched by the PAS (Public Appointments Service) and interested candidates needed to apply online at The deadline for applications was 3.00pm was Thursday, 16th June, 2016. 

When applying candidates were given an opportunity to select their preferred 2 counties they would be willing to work in eg. Galway/Mayo, Cork/Kerry, Dublin/Kildare or any other selection that is suitable to you. 

Upon successful application, candidates are entered into the selection process and will need to complete a number of stages. The first of these stages will comprise of online questionnaire and assessment tests. These assessment tests can include; numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and clerical checking. Later stages will require attendance at a test/interview venue. The first stage will be unsupervised and conducted online. 

Candidates had to successfully complete this stage and be placed highest in order to be considered for advancement to the next stage of the selection process. 


Clerical Officer Recruitment Campaign Preparation 

Career Services-The Entrance Exam Experts run renowned preparation courses for the Clerical Officer Campaign. Our courses are intensive courses that focus on helping candidates prepare for the various stages of the selection process. Held nationwide and delivered by expert tutors our courses give you the best in preparation for the Clerical Officer competition. We are currently offering an online course for clerical officers. To learn more about what our courses involve and what is covered please click here:
We encourage you to read through our website to learn about the role, the recruitment process and how to prepare for the Clerical Officer Recruitment Competition.