Provider: Dublin Region Homeless Executive / Dublin City University

Address: Block 1, Floor 2, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Fishamble Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8.

Web: http://www.homelessagency.ie

Contact: Maria Fitzpatrick

Title: Learning and Performance Officer

Email: landpbookings@dublincity.ie

Telephone: 01 703 6103

Category C : Courses leading to a professional or academic qualification (NFQ level 6 and higher)

The key aim of the Certificate modules is to develop current professional responses into a Pathway to home model of homeless and housing provision. The modules have been designed to facilitate professionals in developing key competencies, and incorporate key learning derived from the sectoral skills audit, the accreditation survey, review of the existing Learning and Performance Programme, and the Evaluation of the Holistic Needs Assessment.


This course involves the study of homelessness in society and the personal contexts and complex needs of people and families experiencing homelessness. The programme aims to help practitioners in homeless related services to develop knowledge and skills in the prevention of homelessness and in the use of effective, supportive interventions with people encountering homelessness.

Module 1: NS459 Assessment and support planning: process and practice
Module 2: NS460 Socio-economic needs of people experiencing homelessness
Module 3: NS461 Health, illness, addiction and homelessness

Visit the course website for more information http://www.dcu.ie/prospective/deginfo.php?classname=CHPI   

Target Group

This course may suit you if your current role involves working with people experiencing / at risk of homelessness and if you wish to develop your skills in assessment and support interventions in this area. You should have educational attainment at Leaving Cert level or equivalent and be in a position to engage in online learning (i.e. have access to and ability to use basic computer programmes).

Entry Requirement

Sectoral line manager/organisation nominates a potential candidate.

Selection Procedure

The application process is as follows:
1. Download application form via the Dublin City University website https://www4.dcu.ie/courses/undergraduate/snhs/homeless-prevention-and-intervention.shtml
2. Complete application in full
3. Print, sign and date the form and post, along with a passport photograph to:
Admissions, Registry, DCU, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9.

Application process for funding contribution towards the cost of the programme:
All homeless sector organisation key workers/case managers wishing to be considered for a funding contribution towards the cost of the certificate fees (from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive: DRHE) must be nominated by their organisation via the official nomination form and must complete the standard consent form. Both forms are available to download/print off on the DRHE website: www.dcu.ie/prospective/deginfo.php
Forward completed nomination forms (accompanied by the signed consent form) to Maria Fitzpatrick.

Certificate in Homeless Prevention and Intervention
Contact provider for more information
Dublin City University

The three existing key workers/case managers modules, which to date were classified as ‘stand alone’ modules have now been formally approved by Dublin City University as a Certificate Programme.

Dates / Availability
Annually in September
All applications must be made directly to DCU. The application form is available online.
The cost of the certificate programme per student is €2,037 in total and is inclusive of a €37 university application fee (subject to change)