Personal Public Service Number


It is essential for all students to obtain a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), or PPS number, if they do not already have one. The PPS number is an identifier issued by the Client Identity Services section of the Department of Social Protection. Your PPSN is for use in any transactions you may have with public bodies or persons authorised by those bodies to act on their behalf.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the college’s accreditation body, require that all students taking QQI accredited courses provide the college with their PPS number. QQI use the PPS number as it is unique to each person, and this eliminates the possibility of confusing one student with another and makes it possible for them to operate more efficiently and effectively with their customers.

This means that Griffith College require learners to provide a PPSN to enable us to send your final year results to QQI and thus allow you to graduate.

Applying For & Updating Your PPS Number 

Please follow the instructions below to update your PPS Number (PPSN) information: 

OPTION 1. If you already have a PPSN, please log into your My Griffith account and update the PPSN in your Personal Details.

OPTION 2. If you do not have a PPSN you can apply for one, whether you are living in Ireland or not. 

Please follow this link to the Irish government information website which can advise you on this process. 

For further information on application requirements, please consult the Social Protection Department website.

For students from overseas, a letter from the college needed for your application can be obtained by emailing the Global Engagement Office: [email protected] and the GEO can advise.

Please note that the Registration office cannot comment or advise on any PPS applications.