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Emergency Services

Course Description

This course will assist those who plan on working in either the Ambulance or Fire Service. Learners who successfully complete the course will gain essential knowledge and skills in areas relevant to these careers.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Emergency Department Care Skills
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Psychology
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Teamworking
  • Work Experience

Optional Certification and possible areas of study:

  • Emergency First Responder PHECC [€450]
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) [€2000]
  • Fire Safety / Fire Extinguisher Training  Fire Warden Training#
  • Industrial Breathing Apparatus
  • Industrial Hazardous Substances

Manual Handling Optional Certification incurs additional costs.

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you will be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment. It allows students to create links with potential employers while also learning from professionals in the natural work environment.

Career Opportunities

The State ambulance and fire services and private ambulance companies look for qualified staff to recruit. Opportunities also exist in Intermediate Care ambulances, and other industries, e.g. Airport response teams, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, oil refinery, Local On-call Services and direct employment as Emergency Medical Technicians.

Fire Safety and Emergency Response training will enhance employment opportunities in the broader labour market where such skills would be an invaluable asset, e.g. Caretakers, Safety Officers, Duty Managers etc.


Further qualifications can be accessed by the learners through the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) structure or through on the job training. Higher Education opportunities may include:

  • Bsc. Paramedic Training with Emergency Services Training Institute (PPHECC Accredited)
  • Bsc. Paramedic University of Limerick
  • Paramedic Science in many UK Universities

Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468)

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

For enquiries and applications please refer to contact methods above or click Apply Now on various parts of this web page.

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