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Student Paramedics

Ireland’s No. 1 Preparation Course for HSE Student Paramedic Recruitment. Our course is an expert-led online course tailored for applicants of HSE Student Paramedic recruitment campaigns. Equip yourself with the essential skills to excel in the aptitude tests and interviews required for selection!

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Paramedic Recruitment

NOW OPEN: The HSE have launched a 2024 Student Paramedic recruitment campaign! Deadline for applications is May 15th @ 3.00pm

Full details and application form can be found on the official HSE website

Aptitude Tests & an Interview will form part of the recruitment process. 

Eligibility: Eligibility criteria is set out in an information document issued by the HSE at the beginning of every campaign. The most recent one can be found on the official HSE website and we have included a link here. Applicants require a provisional Class C1 Driving Licence and must obtain a full C1 licence within six months of commencing the programme. Candidates should fully familiarise themselves with the eligibility criteria outlined in the official resources for every campaign.

Application Steps:

  • Stage 1: Application Form (available on the HSE Website).
  • Stage 2 to 4: Includes aptitude tests and interview (detailed guidance provided in our course materials)

Why Choose Our Course?

  • Proven Success: Our preparation courses have helped hundreds of candidates successfully join the HSE as Student Paramedics.
  • Expert Guidance: Learn from experts with over 35 years of assessment industry experience.
  • Flexible Learning: Study at your own pace, anytime, anywhere with our comprehensive online preparation course.
  • Detailed Aptitude Test Preparation: Includes modules on Analytical/Abstract Reasoning and Verbal Evaluation.
  • Comprehensive Interview Prep: Our detailed workbook covers potential scenarios, key competencies, and effective strategies for success.

“I found it difficult to study for my paramedic aptitude test as I did not know what to expect until I was recommended career services by a colleague. Everything I practiced with career services was extremely similar to the real test and I don’t think I would have passed otherwise. I am now in year two of my paramedic degree and recommend career services to anyone hoping to join the national ambulance service”.

Jake, Co. Laois

“Honestly I can say, that I probably would NOT have been successful in my paramedic aptitude tests without the help of Career Services, and would highly recommend anyone who’s going for an aptitude test to definitely use Career Services, As the old saying goes… “Fail to prepare, then prepare to fail! “Thanks again for all your help.”

Greg Devine, Co. Donegal

“This is the second time I have used the career services preparation course. The first time helped me be successful and very high up the panel for my current job as ICO with the National Ambulance Service. Three years later I am now going for the student paramedic role and I took the advice I give to everybody and signed up for the preparation course again. Good job I did as Career Services knew about the changes to the aptitude test and gave a full and complete training that got me safely through the new aptitude test. The time spent on the interview preparation during the course will, I’m sure, get me through the interview safely and with the best results again.”

Stephen Hand, Co. Longford

“I could not have been happier with the service I received. Going into the aptitude tests I felt supremely confident and I can say without a shadow of a doubt if I hadn’t done the course with them I would not have passed the student paramedic aptitude tests on the day. The course itself was very focused and very simple to understand. All the course material presented to us showed their high level of professionalism and their backgrounds in teaching really shone through. I cannot recommend Career Services highly enough and it was definitely worth the money.”

Jason Finn, Co. Limerick

Ready to Start?

Enroll in Our Online Course today and take the first step towards a rewarding career as a Student Paramedic.

The Stages Of Recruitment

Prepare to excel in HSE National Ambulance Service recruitment competitions with our top-rated Paramedic Online Course

Stage 1

Application Form on HSE Website

Stage 2

Verbal Evaluation and Logical Thinking/Analytical Reasoning Testing

Stage 3

Eligibility Sift in line with course entry requirements and necessary licensing documentation

Stage 4

Structured Interview

Paramedics Information

What is a Paramedic?

Paramedics respond to emergency calls, perform certain medical procedures and transport patients to a hospital in accordance with protocols and guidelines established by physician medical directors.

The biggest difference between EMTs and Paramedics is in terms of their training and their scope of practice. Put simply, paramedics undergo a longer period of training than EMTs and are therefore qualified to do a lot more.

How to Apply?

The HSE periodically run recruitment campaigns that allow members of the public to apply for the position of Student Paramedics within the HSE. The recruitment process comprises of an online application form, aptitude tests and structured interviews. Applicants require a provisional Class C1 Driving Licence and must obtain a full C1 licence within six months of commencing the programme. The full list of requirements and the application form will be made available once a new recruitment campaign open on

Candidates that are successful in the recruitment competition are placed on a panel and the HSE uses this panel to recruit new student paramedics as the positions become available. When the panel becomes exhausted, then the HSE run another recruitment competition.

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Depending on the outcome of the selection process (aptitude tests, eligibility sift and interview) you may be placed on a panel in order of merit, from which specified purpose training places on the Paramedic Training Programme will be filled. Student Paramedics in the HSE National Ambulance Services undertake training on the Paramedic Training Programme: The Paramedic Training Programme is delivered by the National Ambulance Service College (NASC) in partnership with the College of Medicine & Health, University College Cork. Successful completion of the Paramedic Training Programme will lead to the award of Diploma in Paramedical Science.  

For further information on the Course Structure – please visit

Training places on the Paramedic Training Programme at either of the NASC facilities in either Ballinasloe or Dublin, will be filled from the panel formed through this campaign and will be offered on an order of merit basis.

The course duration is 2 years full time, inclusive of annual leave. The course has both theoretical and practical components and a number of clinical placements. Students may be allocated hospital and operational placements at varying locations throughout the National Ambulance Service Area.

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Why choose Career Services?

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 high quality preparation and have done so for over 30 years. As a result, our courses are the best in the market.

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