Course information


Provider: Dublin Region Homeless Executive / Dublin City University

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


Contact: Training co-ordinator



Telephone: 01 700 8521

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

If you currently work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, this course will help you develop your skills in the assessment and prevention of homelessness, and of support interventions in this area. This Certificate will help you enhance your existing attributes and skills so that you can make a greater impact on a critical issue our communities. You’ll examine issues of homelessness in society and the personal contexts and complex needs of people and families experiencing homelessness.


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

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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 
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. 

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) provides annual training options for statutory and state funded homeless services. Funding support towards programme fees is provided by the DRHE for successful applicants who work with DRHE funded organisations/services. See

Certificate in Homeless Prevention and Intervention
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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. The Certificate consists of three modules delivered part-time over 18 months. It involves two-day blocks every four to five weeks during semester.
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)