Garda Stage One

Stage 1 of the Garda recruitment process involves online aptitude tests. We are Ireland’s longest serving and most experienced Garda test preparation providers. No other course provider can boast more success or comes close to our track record or experience. Give yourself the best chance at success with our renowned courses. 

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Budget 2020 suggested that the force aimed to deliver up to 700 new Garda recruits in 2020. It was therefore anticipated that there would be a recruitment campaign in the Spring of this year (2020). Understandably however, the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions have had an impact on this. Budget 2021 provided funding for over 600 new Garda recruits in 2021. Unfortunately, we do not currently have any information on when the next Garda Recruitment Campaign will take place.  However, our Garda Stage 1 Online Course is now available to book and is excellent advanced preparation for the next campaign.

When a new Garda Recruitment campaign is launched applications are taken by the Public Appointments Service on their website  The Public Appointments Service is the centralised recruiter for An Garda Síochána and they will process the candidates on their behalf. Candidates that apply will be required undergo a competitive and rigorous selection process starting with Stage 1. 

Garda Stage One

Why prepare with us?

We are Ireland’s No. 1 Garda test preparation providers. There are thousands of serving members in An Garda Síochána that have successfully used our services. We have prepared the 1st placed candidates at Stage 1 in numerous Garda recruitment campaigns including the most recent 2019 campaign. We have been successfully preparing candidates for the Garda selection tests since they were introduced to the selection process in 1987!

Garda Stage 1 Online Course

Stage 1 of the Garda recruitment process includes a series of online aptitde tests. Applicants are firstly invited to complete these assessments at home / in an unsupervised environment on a laptop or PC. 

Our Garda Stage 1 Online Course is currently available to book now and suitable for the next Garda recruitment campaign. There is absolutely no disadvantage to advanced preparation and the current situation means that candidates booking this course now will likely have longer access than any previous campaign as the date / time frame of the launch of the next campaign is unknown.
This course is an exceptional preparation course which includes all of the Garda selection test styles that have been used in all previous campaigns including the most recent 2019 campaign. Our Stage 1 classroom courses will be set when a new campaign is launched. 

Get a Competitive Edge 

Those that apply will have to undergo a rigorous selection process. This is a competitive recruitment campaign which attracts thousands of applicants. We have spent hundreds of hours perfecting our Stage 1 Garda Aptitude Test Preparation Courses. Our Stage 1 Garda courses are a complete study programme that enable you to peak for the official online Garda assessments. In order to provide you with a choice, and to meet your individual needs, we have two course options to choose from: 

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Prepare for Success in the Competitive Garda Selection Process

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.


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An Garda Síochána

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.

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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.

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Pay & Career Progression

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:

→ Garda 
→ Sergeant
→ Inspector 
→ Superintendent
→ Chief Superintendent 
→ Assistant Commissioner 
→ Deputy Commissioner
→ Commissioner

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A Garda Trainees Experience

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)


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Do I really need to prepare?

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. 

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Why Us?

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!


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