The mission of the CAO is to be the leading provider of centralised application processing services for Irish post-secondary education providers. CAO currently operates the centralised application system for Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). If you click on the links below, you can view a host of full-time higher education, further education and training and apprenticeship options available to post-second level applicants. CAO is not currently accepting applications for further education courses or apprenticeships. For all queries and information about Further Education and Training or Apprenticeship options, click on the tabs below.You can apply for higher education courses via CAO by clicking on ‘Apply’ and following the instructions in the CAO Handbook and the CAO application form.
Higher EducationLevels 6/7 and 8
Honours degrees, ordinary degrees, diplomas and higher certificates
Further Education and TrainingLevels 5 and 6
Full-time accredited programmes, including Post Leaving Certificate courses (PLCs), that include a substantial work experience component. Many of which offer an access route to further third-level studies.