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Emergency Services - Pre Paramedic Garda Fire Service & Defence Forces

PLC Post Leaving Cert

If your ambition is a career in the uniformed services, then our Emergency Services – Pre Paramedic, Garda, Fire Service & Defence Forces course is for you. You can prepare for careers in challenging but highly rewarding environments. You’ll develop essential skills of physical fitness, leadership and teamwork. This course can be the foundation to progress to a rewarding career in the Ambulance Service, The Fire Service, The Defence Forces/Army, Prison Service or An Garda Síochána.

Award Name Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 5 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider


1 year

Entry Requirements

The basic entry requirement to all Level 5 courses is as follows:

•Over 18 years of age and/or successful completion of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent international qualification)

•Successful completion of a Level 4 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

The basic entry requirement to all Level 6 courses is as follows:

•Successful completion of a related Level 5 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

Some programmes may require specific subjects, or skills.

If you have completed a Level 5 course and wish to study at Level 6, please remember that you need to complete a new application.

Our teachers will assess if the course is the right option for you at an interview. All reasonable efforts are made to facilitate diversity and to support learners with additional needs. See the section Open Learning and Students with Additional Needs for more information.

Mature applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, but who have acquired skills or experience, are welcome to apply, and we make sure the course is suitable at an interview.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years who do not have the minimum entry requirement or RPL will be referred to career guidance.

Garda Vetting (Clearance)

Garda Vetting (police / criminal records clearance) is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Students must be vetted for clearance by the Gardaí prior to attending work experience. It is your responsibility to obtain Garda Vetting Clearance / criminal records clearance.

Students who have lived outside the jurisdiction of Ireland /Northern Ireland, and for whom Garda vetting / clearance is unavailable, are required to provide verifiable evidence of criminal records clearance from the relevant police authorities.

We will provide you with information about making an application for clearance, but it is your responsibility to complete any necessary application and to obtain clearance. If you are offered a place on a course, you will be issued with information at registration.

Careers / Further progression

Progress to further study and careers including:

Ambulance Services
Defence Forces/Army
Emergency Services Management
Fire Service
Prison Service

QQI FET Links to CAO Courses

Course Web Page

Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

What Makes This Course Special
•Pre-Professional Training qualification
•High-level practical skills training
•Detailed technical knowledge
•Expert teaching team
•Includes essential additional qualifications
•Excellent progression routes

Course Content

PHECC Emergency First Responder
PHECC First Aid Responder
Manual Handling/Patient Lifting
ROSPA – Fire Warden Training
Emergency Department Care Skills
Exercise And Fitness
Legal Practice And Procedures
Anatomy And Physiology
Work Experience
Safety And Health At Work

Students completing this course can also take an Optional Extra Qualification: PHECC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): €1850 (average price)

5M4468 - Community Health Services

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community and Health Services 5M4468
PHECC First Aid Responder
PHECC Emergency First Responder
Manual Handling and Patient Lifting
ROSPA – Fire Warden Training
Breakaway Training

PLSS Code: 415238
Coordinator: Muire Burke

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230
Email: Email:

Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider