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Becoming a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland

Are you looking for a career change? Do you want to become another superhero in our healthcare system?  Well, look no further! I have all details below on how to become a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland.



Where to Begin:

The most important aspect of becoming a HCA is completing a FETAC/ QQI Level 5 Qualification. This qualification can be completed in either Healthcare Support, Pre Nursing Studies, Care of the Older Person and so many more depending on what you plan to specialise in.

During this qualification, you will need to complete 8 modules comprising 120 credits.

Other requirements to become a HCA in Ireland:

  • Be eligible to work in Ireland
  • Have a minimum of 3 months’ recent experience
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Hold a full vaccination record including Hep B, MMR, TB and Varicella

How much it costs:

Prices for HCA Qualifications can vary between €150- €350. If you need assistance with where to look or how to apply, we’d be happy to help! We’ll make sure you find the course that’s right for you. Get in touch with one of our experienced HCA recruiters!



Where you can work:

There are many setting which have a demand for Healthcare Assistants, these settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • The home of a client
  • GP Surgeries

Hourly rates for HCA can vary but you could expect typically between €11- €15 per hour.

Bring Clarity to your Job Search

Here at Clarity, we would be more than happy to support you throughout your process of becoming a healthcare assistant. We have many opportunities available that you can apply for today, including:

  • Free one-to-one career consultations
  • CV creation and guidance
  • Interview preparation and advice

Sound good? Get in touch today for a career consultation or simply just for some support!
Email [email protected] or call 01-5673123.


Posted on 11 March 2022 by Abbie Foran
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