Emergency Services – Pre Paramedic, Garda, Fire Service & Defence Forces

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.

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
  • Communications

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

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Ambulance Services
  • Defence Forces/Army
  • Emergency Services Management
  • Fire Service
  • Guard/Policing
  • Paramedic
  • Prison Service
  • public emergency services testimonial v2


I loved the diverse content and dynamic daily experiences of this course. Learning from mistakes was encouraged, and tutors were supportive throughout. Real-life scenarios provided valuable insights into emergency services work. The range of modules allowed personal growth and exploration. The college facilities are exceptional, enhancing the learning experience. Overall, this course boosted my confidence and clarified my career goals, inspiring me to pursue a path with An Garda Síochána


Entry Requirements


  • 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


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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.