Prison Officer Entry Criteria (2018 Campaign)

As outlined in the Public Appointments Service Information Booklet are as follows:


In order to be eligible for selection as a Recruit Prison Officer, an applicant must: 

On or before 22nd February 2018:


(a) Age

Be at least 18 years of age i.e. must have been born on or before 22nd February 2000;


(b) Educational Qualifications Applicants must have achieved: 

Applicants must have achieved:

(i) in the Established Leaving Certificate a minimum of grade D3 (O6 for 2017) at Ordinary level, or C3 (F5 for 2017) at Foundation Level, in at least 5

subjects*; or

(ii) a Merit in the Leaving Certificate Applied programme; or a minimum of a Level 5 Major award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ);


a recognised relevant qualification (minimum Level 5 on the NFQ), which in the opinion of the Public Appointments Service is acceptable in terms of standard, level and volume of learning.

*A Pass or above in the Links Modules subject may be counted as one subject,. A combination of two or more examinations or assessments may be permitted in determining eligibility.


(c) Citizenship 

(i) be a national of a European Union Member State; or

(ii) a national of a European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation; or

(iii) be entitled under section 3, 18 or 24 of the Refugee Act, 1996; to the rights and privileges specified in section 3 of that Act, or

(iv) have had a period of one year’s continuous residence in the State immediately before the 22nd February 2018 and, during the eight years immediately preceding that period, have had a total residence in the State amounting to four years.

Periods of illegal residence or residence as an asylum seeker in the State do not count for this qualifying five year period.

Determining eligibility requirements. You should note that candidates’ qualifications / eligibility may not be confirmed by PAS until the latter stages of the selection process, therefore, those candidates who do not possess the essential requirements on the closing date for the competition and who proceed with their application are putting themselves to unnecessary expense and will not be offered a position from this campaign. Candidates who are unable to show that they hold the essential requirements, including the qualifications may be withdrawn from the campaign at any stage. An invitation to test, interview or any element of the selection process is not acceptance of eligibility by the Public Appointments Service and/or the Irish Prison Service.

Other eligibility criteria can be found in the Recruit Prison Officer 2018 Information Booklet on 

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