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When is the next Garda Recruitment

The most recent Garda recruitment campaign closed on March 16th 2022. Unfortunately, we do not know exactly when the next recruitment competition will be launched. However, the force recruited on a regular basis pre-pandemic in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and most recently in 2022. We expect another recruitment competition in 2023.

How do I apply?

Candidates can apply on the Public Appointments Service website when a new competition opens.

Am I eligible to join?

Eligibility criteria is outlined in a document called ‘Notes for Applicants’ which is an Information Booklet released by the centralised recruiter, the Public Appointments Service. The eligibility requirements tend to remain consistent from year to year. See here for an outline of the Garda recruitment entry requirements:  Garda Entry Requirements

An Exceptional Career Decision

Maybe you are considering a career as a Garda just recently or maybe you have wanted to be a Garda for as long as you can remember, either way becoming a Garda is an exceptional career decision.

 Members of An Garda Síochaná operate on the front line and provide a proactive contribution to the areas and communities in which they serve. It is a very rewarding career with attractive benefits such as an incremental pay scale with additional allowances and overtime, an option to retire after 30 years’ service, a public service pension – lump sum & 50% of your average wage for the rest of your life and over 40 different possibilities for vertical and lateral moves into areas of special task forces and other areas of expertise.

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to become a Garda. 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.

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Stages of Garda Preparation

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Garda – Stage 1 Aptitude Tests

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Garda – Stage 2 Report Writing

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Garda – Stage 3 Interview

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Please note: We are not affiliated with An Garda Síochána or the Public Appointments Service (the official recruiter) and our courses are optional.