Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Rose Griffin from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


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Well in school you should try do a practical subject and get used to working with your hands. Physics is another subject that would be of benefit. It would help in the theory exams that you complete after each of the off the job training modules.

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CAO Restricted Course Advice

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CAO Restricted Course Advice

Thursday, January 29, 2015 

CAO Restricted Course Advice

Applicants applying to CAO are advised to take note of the restrictions in advance of the main CAO deadline of 1st February at 5:15pm. 

Interested in applying for a restricted course?

Applicants applying for restricted courses must have applied to CAO by the 1st February deadline and included the course(s) on their application by this date.

In general, you cannot introduce a restricted course using the ‘Late Application’ or ‘Change of Mind’ facility so you must apply to CAO and include the restricted course on your application by 1st February at 5:15pm (there are some exceptions – see the CAO Handbook).

NOTE: If you register on the CAO system by 1st February at 5:15pm, but you forget to list a restricted course on your application, you can introduce the course for a fee of €10 using the ‘Change of Course Choices’ facility which is accessible via the ‘My Application’ section of the CAO website from 5th February to 1st March at 5:15pm.

Are you a restricted-category applicant? (e.g. Mature/HEAR/DARE applicants)

You are considered a restricted-category applicant if you are applying to CAO on the basis of mature years (Mature Applicant) or if you wish to apply for the HEAR or DARE schemes. Such applicants must have applied to CAO by 1st February at 5:15pm.

In the case of mature applicants (over 23 years) some exceptions apply; in general, institutions will be conducting mature applicant assessments and interviews during spring so applying by 1st February at 5:15pm will be a requirement for many.

NOTE: The majority of applicants applying on the basis of being over 23 are required to complete mature applicant sections 1-11 of the CAO online application form and must submit supporting documents to CAO within seven days of the 1st February closing date.

Applicants applying for HEAR or DARE schemes must apply to CAO by 1st February at 5:15pm; fully complete the online HEAR or DARE application forms by 1st March at 5:15pm; and submit supporting documents to CAO by 1st April at 5:15pm.

Find out more information on HEAR or DARE and the supporting documents required

View a full list of restricted entry courses. 

For more information about restrictions read the CAO Handbook click here

Source: CAO Press Release 

The CareersPortal Team