Day courses are open to those who are unemployed

Evening Courses are open to the general public with applications from both fee paying and unemployed clients welcomed

Applicants for apprenticeships must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent. If you have any further questions, please contact the Apprenticeship Unit, Ballyfermot Training Centre to discuss.

Course Fees

Fees apply only to attendance on Evening Courses. These courses are generally free to the unemployed. You should discuss your eligibility in advance of application with your local Department of Social Protection office, or Finglas Training Centre.

Entitlement to Allowances

In the case of persons with an established DSP entitlement and attending full time day courses, a training allowance is payable. Payment is issued to learners on the basis of a back-week.

A travel allowance, as a contribution towards travel costs, may be payable where the learner lives five kilometres or more from the training location.

There is no entitlement to either training or travel allowance in relation to Evening courses.

How to apply for a course

You may now apply online for Day, Evening and Local Training Initiative courses using the website of the Further Education and Training Course Hub www.fetchcourses.ie. Those wishing to pursue application for a Community Programme (i.e. Specialist Training Provider and Community Training Centre), should contact the relevant provider directly.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Selection criteria may apply in the case of courses where content is of a complex and specialised nature. The Recruitment Office will advise in this regard.

Notification of successful application

Finglas Training Centre will contact applicants four weeks prior to the course start date. You may be required to attend an information session to assess course suitability.

Hours of Attendance

Day and Apprenticeship: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 3:45pm and Friday 8:30am to 12:45pm

Evening Courses: 6:30 to 9:30pm on either one or two evenings per week. Some courses require attendance on Saturdays 9:00am to 3:30pm

Community Training: Contact the course provider directly

Course Duration

Details are listed on the specific course information page


There are no holiday periods with the exception of Christmas and Bank/Public holidays


The majority of courses offer Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) certification with others offering industry recognised certification. Certificates are issued to learners following completion of a process of External Authentication which process can take up to five months to conclude.

Further Information

Should you have any further questions, you should contact the relevant Course Recruitment Section (Day / Evening) in Finglas Training Centre, or alternatively in the case of Community Training, the relevant training provider.

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Reception: 01-8140200
Day Courses: finglasday@ftc.cdetb.ie
Evening Courses: finglasnight@ftc.cdetb.ie

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