About this Course

Are you a jobseeker? Become a qualified Healthcare Assistant with our Free QQI Level 5 programme.

The Certificate in Healthcare Support (QQI Level 5, Major Award) is the industry-standard qualification for aspiring Healthcare Assistants in the Republic of Ireland. To earn this qualification, students must successfully complete 8 modules chosen from a list specified by the national awards body, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

Skills Connect offers FREE online training programmes and enterprise-led virtual job placements to jobseekers looking for new jobs and careers. Find out more on our Free Healthcare Training page. If you are currently employed, you may be eligible for a place on our Healthcare Support courses at a reduced fee. Please click here to open to the relevant course page.


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Please see our Free Healthcare Training page regarding the eligibility criteria for fully funded Skills Connect courses.

Our programme consists of 8 modules covering essential areas:

  • Communication
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Care Support
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Palliative Care Support
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Work Practice
Upon successful completion of the programme, learners receive a Certificate in Healthcare Support from QQI (Level 5, Major Award). Assessment details for each module can be found in the Programme Manual.
The programme is delivered online through live, interactive sessions held once a week, always at the same time, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., spanning a period of 6 to 7 months. Full attendance on all class days is mandatory, and each module typically lasts for an average of 4 weeks.
This comprehensive course provides a solid foundation in healthcare support, making it a valuable qualification for those entering or advancing in the field.


Skills Connect: Reskilling Through Enterprise

This programme is 100% funded by Skillnet Ireland through their Skills Connect Initiative. Individuals eligible under Skills Connect criteria can apply to attend the course free of charge. Applications are accepted subject to suitability as determined by LHP Skillnet.

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This programme runs several times a year. To find out if you are eligible and apply for a place, please fill in the questionnaire below. Our team will be in touch shortly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can send us an email at, or give us a call at (01) 218 7698.

Please note that the application process for this programme includes Garda vetting and a short interview with our staff. We do this to make sure the course is right for you.

Programme Manual

Downloadable PDF with full course specifications

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