Garda Stage 1 Preparation

2018 Garda Recruitment Campaign

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 A New 2018 Garda Recruitment Campaign was launched by the Minister for Justice. The closing date for applications was 12 noon June 7th, 2018.  It is expected that that there could be upwards of 5,000 applicants. More information about the position as well as eligibility criteria was found in the 'Notes For Candidates' document issued by the Public Appointments Service see here. Applications for Garda Recruitment campaigns can only be made through the PAS website 


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Garda Stage 1 Test Preparation

According to the official sources it is anticipated that candidates will have to complete Part A - (Assessment Questionnaire) between 14th June -20th June 2018. Candidates who completed Part A will then need to complete Part B – (Aptitude Tests) and will have between the 27th June - 3rd July 2018 to complete the tests. Stage 1 of the Garda recruitment campaign will require applicants to complete a series of online aptitude tests and assessments. Over the past number of years, the aptitude tests have included verbal tests, logical reasoning tests and personality assessments. Stage 1 is highly competitive and there is a high failure rate. But, if you are well prepared you can be successful in Stage 1. We have researched, developed, and formatted our best Stage 1 Garda course to date. Our Garda Combined Course will provide you with the best opportunity to succeed at Stage 1 and get closer to achieving 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.


"In our 2017 survey, 96% of our customer respondents passed their Stage 1 Garda assessments"


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The Start of Your Journey

Thank you for your interest in using Career Services as your portal to start 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 enter 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 several 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.

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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 daily. 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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