Recruitment Process


What Does the Garda Recruitment Process Involve?

The competition for the selection of Garda Trainees attracts a very high number of applicants. Accordingly the selection process to become a Garda Trainee is comprehensive, with candidates required to undertake a range of relevant assessment tests and exercises over a number of selection stages. These tests and exercises are designed to identify candidates suitable to be a Garda Trainee, with potential to become an attested member. Therefore only the highest performing candidates at each particular stage will progress to the next stage. The numbers called forward to each stage of selection will be determined from time to time having regard to the number of places to be filled in the Garda College.


Applications (2017)

Applications for An Garda Siochana can only be made online on a website called The closing date for applications for the 2017 Garda Recruitment Campaign was Thursday 1st of June 2017.



Stage 1 - Garda Online Assessments

Applicants were firstly invited to complete a series of online assessments. These assessments could be completed at home on a laptop or PC.


Stage 2 - The Assessment Centre

This stage usually comprises of a number of validation tests. These tests are similar to the tests in Stage 1 but they are held in an assessment centre under supervised conditions. The main purpose of this stage is to ensure that candidates did not cheat when attempting the Stage1 online assessments without supervision. It is likely that additional tests such as Report Writing and Job Simulation Exercises are introduced at this stage.

Stage 2 Assessment Centre: Initially the top group of candidates from Stage 1 were invited to Assessment Centre between 31st July and 4th August. Further groups were then invited as required. 


Stage 3 - The Competency Based Interview

A competency based interview is a highly structured interview where candidates are informed in advance of a number of key competencies. The competencies which are predefined by the interview board are key skills deemed  necessary to serve effectively as a member of An Garda Síochána. Examples of the competencies could include 'Problem Solving', 'Resilience', 'Motivation for the Role' etc.

During the interview candidates are asked to give examples of instances when they displayed each of the competencies effectively. Most people pick examples from their previous work experience, voluntary experience, educational experience or a hobby that that they enjoy. All candidates are assessed on the same competencies to ensure that there is fairness in the selection process.


Stage 4 - The Physical Competence Test  &  Medical Examination

This is the final stage and is generally not a major obstacle for candidates who are fit and healthy, but it cannot be taken for granted. Garda vetting is also carried out at this stage. 

If you are successful in the recruitment process, you will be placed on a panel and as spaces become available, you will be called to the Garda College in Templemore for your training.


Click here for Stage 1 Preparation Courses