Garda Stage 1 Preparation

Stage 1 of the Garda Recruitment Process

Stage 1 of the Garda recruitment campaign consists of online aptitude tests. We have researched, developed, and formatted our best Stage 1 Garda course to date. Our Garda Complete Package will provide you with the best opportunity to achieve your dream career with An Garda Síochána. We have helped thousands of candidates to succeed in the each of the stages of the Garda recruitment campaign. We have undoubtedly established ourselves as Ireland's leading provider of Garda preparation courses, with 30 years of experience, we are the only provider of online practice tests.

Next Garda Recruitment Campaign (2018)

Whilst we cannot be sure when An Garda Síochána will decide to open their next recruitment campaign, indications are that there will be another recruitment drive next year. The 2017 budget announced that resources would be made available to allow for the recruitment of an additional 800 Gardaí during 2018. This is in line with the forces commitment to continuous recruitment in order to fulfil their target for the force.

If you would like to be notified of when the next Garda Recruitment campaign is launched simply sign up to our Free Job Alert Service and we will alert you when we hear of the next campaign launch. 

You can also begin your preparation for Stage 1 of the next Garda recruitment campaign here

2017 Garda Recruitment Campaign 

A new Garda Síochána Recruitment Campaign was launched by the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on the 11th of May 2017. Trainee Garda recruits will be selected from the new campaign which is being run by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). The closing date for applications was Thursday 1st of June 2017. Applications could only be made through the Pubic Appointments Service on their website here.


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The Start of Your Journey

Thank you for your interest in using Career Services as your portal to starting your career with An Garda Síochána.  Career Services are the leaders and longest established preparation course providers in Ireland for a large variety of careers. Since 1987, our specialised preparation courses for aptitude tests, entrance exams and structured interviews have been helping thousands of candidates gain entry into careers like An Garda Síochána, Prison Officers, Firefighters, Defence Forces, Mature Student Nurses, Paramedics, ESB Apprenticeships, etc.


An Garda Síochána mission statement: "Working with Communities to Protect and Serve".

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:

  • - a generous salary
  • - numerous opportunities for career progression                       
  • - the security of a public service pension

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.

Rigorous 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 due to the recent economic situation.

However, you may feel comforted by the fact that since 1987, thousands of candidates have successfully availed 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.


Real People, Real Needs


As an Irish family run business, we are on the ground experiencing the same cultural, political and social experiences as you. This places a unique position to understand your personal needs.

Our courses are tailored to meet your needs through our vast experience. Our experienced tutors are actively involved in the business on a daily basis. If you wish, pick up the phone and give us a call. 

Alternatively, please use this website to learn more about the recruitment process and our esteemed preparation courses. 

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