CAO 2022 Timeline: CAO 2022 Opens For Entry

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Are you applying for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in 2022?  The CAO opens for 2022 entry on Friday 5th November from 12.00.

CAO 2022 Timeline: CAO 2022 Opens For Entry

Make sure you read the 2022 CAO Handbook

2022 CAO Handbook (interactive flipbook)
Changes to CAO Handbook 2022
2022 CAO Handbook (PDF download)
2022 CAO Handbook (Accessible Plain Text Edition)

Register on the CAO system to obtain
your CAO application number

1. Go online to and click on Apply.
2. Enter your personal details carefully.
3. Supply a valid email address – a valid email address is
required for security and communications purposes.
Failure to provide a valid email address may have
serious consequences, for example, you may not
receive an offer. Please note that CAO, and the HEIs
to which you apply, may wish to communicate with you
about your application and they may contact you by
email, post or SMS text message.
4. Select the qualifications and assessments section(s)
that are relevant to you (there may be more than one
relevant section – see page 8 for more information).
5. Select your payment method. If you are paying by
credit or debit card you will be redirected to a third
party payment facility. No payment card details will be
stored on the CAO system. Once your payment has
been processed you will be brought back to the CAO
website to complete the remaining steps, including
indicating that you have read the terms and conditions.
6. Create a password. If you forget your password you
can use the forgotten password facility. You will need
your CAO application number, your date of birth, and
the registered email address for your account to be
able to automatically reset your password. If you
experience difficulty resetting your password, email
CAO using the Contact facility.
7. You must then click on ‘Proceed with application’ to
obtain your CAO application number. Your application
details will appear on screen and you will also receive
an email containing your CAO application number and
your email verification code. If you do not receive an
email with your application number your application
has not been processed successfully.


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