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Important dates for your CAO

Make sure you know all of the key dates if you're applying to the CAO

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The Leaving Certificate is stressful enough not to mention all the things you have to remember. We've put together a few key dates that you can't forget if you are thinking of using the CAO to choose a college course for September.

Application deadlines

1st February 2019 (5:15pm)

Normal closing date for applications. 

5th February 2019 (12pm)

Online facility to amend course choices becomes available (€10 Fee).

Before 15th February 2019

Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. If you do not receive this statement you should contact the CAO.

Between 1st - 21st February 2019

Registration for Mature Nursing Test (PAS). 

23rd February 2019

HPAT - Undergraduate Entry to Medicine.

1st March 2019 (5:15pm)

Closing date for amending course choices and for final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms.

9th March 2019

MSAP Test - For mature applicants to certain courses in UCD, UCC, UL and NUI Galway.

5th March 2019 (12pm)

Late application facility opens.

23rd March 2019

GAMSAT Test - Graduate Entry to Medicine. 

1st April 2019 (5:15pm)

Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO.

w/c 1st & 8th April 2019

Mature Nursing Test (PAS).

1st May 2019 (5:15pm) 

Closing date for late applications. 

Change of mind and statements of application

6th May 2019 (12pm) 

Online Change of Mind facility becomes available free of charge. 

Before 15th May 2019

Late Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours. 

Before end of May 2019

Statement of Application Record will be sent to all applicants. You should contact the CAO if you do not receive yours. 

1st July 2019 (5:15pm)

Change of Mind closes.

Non-Standard Category Applicants and HEI

Early July 2019

Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and text message.

22nd July 2019 (5:15pm) 

Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI.

Early August 2019

Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant. Applicants will receive an offer by post, by e-mail and text message.

Leaving Cert results and offers

Mid-August 2019

Current year Leaving Certificate results issued.


Round 1 offers available from 6am online. Offers will also issued by post, e-mail and text message. 

Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record.


Round 1 Acceptances closing date (5:15pm).


Round 2 offers available from 10am online.


Round 2 Acceptances closing date (5:15pm).


Round 3 offers available from 6am online.


Round 3 Acceptances closing date (5:15pm).

Early September 2019

HEIs begin registration.

Early October 2019

Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released.

TBC (5:15pm) 

Offer Season Ends.


Please note that these dates may be amended.

For further help and advice about your CAO application form click here

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Published Jan­u­ary 7th2016
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