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Springboard Courses

Places are limited – apply now!

Springboard & ICT Skills Initiatives give an opportunity to job seekers, be they those who have lost a job or who were previously self-employed, to take part-time and full-time, work-focused courses at third level, free of charge, while maintaining their benefits.

There are 213 places on 12 different courses available in CIT under this Springboard/ICT Skills Initiative. The courses on offer in CIT range from Cloud Technologies to Environmental and Energy Engineering. Courses are on a part-time & full-time basis. They are designed to help people who have lost their jobs, or were previously self-employed, and who need to up-skill or re-skill to gain sustainable employment again.

To be eligible for a place on a Springboard course a person must be:

  • Unemployed* with a previous history of employment

and Be in receipt of payment from the Department of Social Protection

or Be signing for social insurance contribution credits

or Be previously self-employed

and Be actively seeking employment

*For the purposes of determining eligibility for Springboard the term unemployed also includes people who are on short term working and in receipt of a Jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection.

See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on for more information on eligibility.



CIT offers the following courses under the Springboard Initiative:

(Apply early as places are limited for these courses)

  • Advanced Industrial Instrumentation & Automation

  • Certificate in Automation & Control

  • Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations

  • Certificate in Food Manufacturing Operations

  • Certificate in Lean Six Sigma, Green Belt

  • Certificate in Lean Six Sigma, Black Belt

  • Certificate in Plant and Piping Design

  • Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations

  • Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing

  • Higher Diploma in Cloud & Mobile Software Development (ICT Skills)

  • Higher Diploma in Science in Data Science & Analytics (ICT Skills)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy)

To support you in making a decision about suitable courses there is a guidance service available through the Springboard guidance line on T: 1800 303 523.

For each course on there is a contact name and details where you can get further course-specific information.



General advice is also available from a range of sources, including:

For more information contact CIT by E: or T: 021 433 5302.




All of the courses have a minimum entry requirement. Please note that CIT offers a Recognition of Prior Learning system, details of which can be found here.


In CIT RPL can be used to gain:

  • an exemption or mark for a module or for a number of modules;
  • entry to a course in first year where an applicant may not meet the standard entry requirements;
  • advanced entry to a course at a stage other than first year.

There are two main categories within RPL

  1. the recognition of learning which has already had formal certification within the higher education system in Ireland or abroad, often referred to as formal learning.
  2. the recognition of learning which has been gained through experiences in the workplace, in voluntary work or elsewhere, usually referred to as experiential learning.