Formal qualification available for healthcare assistants

New HIQA national standards for residential care settings for older people in Ireland require staff to hold a nationally and internationally recognised qualification. With this in mind, and predicted future recruitment demand for healthcare assistants set to average 2,300 per annum between 2011 and 2020 (Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS Report ), completing a Major Award at FETAC Level 5 in Healthcare Support or Nursing Studies can give those seeking work as healthcare assistants a formal qualification and can put them in a position where their skills are in high demand.

The Irish Ambulance Training Institute is now accepting applications for a new range of courses taking place over the coming months for those who wish to pursue a career in the healthcare sector. Courses will commence in early September and run throughout the year in both Galway and Athlone.

Courses on offer include the FETAC level 5 certificates in Nursing Studies Healthcare Support and component certificates in Care of the Older Person and Occupational First Aid, and PHECC accredited Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency First Responder qualifications,.

Contact the Irish Ambulance Training Institute on 1890 25 30 78, email [email protected] or log onto for further details.


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