Qualified outside Ireland (Qualifications Awarded in EU/EEA Countries)

The Teaching Council welcomes applications from teachers who qualified outside Ireland in another EU/EEA Member State and are deemed fully qualified* in that Member State. Each application will be assessed individually.

In accordance with EU Directive 2005/36/EC, people who qualified as teachers in one EU member state, are entitled to have their qualifications recognised in all other member states. This recognition may be granted subject to conditions, including making good any shortfalls. The Teaching Council is the competent authority in Ireland for assessing applications from people who qualified as teachers in other EU/EEA countries.


  1. Applicants must meet the registration requirements set out in the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009. 
  2. As part of the registration process, the Teaching Council considers evidence of character. Each applicant for registration must:
  • Have a Character Reference form certified by an appropriately qualified person
  • Undergo a process of Garda vetting. This may take up to 10 weeks, so applicants are advised to apply for registration at least 12 weeks in advance of their planned return to (or commencement of) teaching.

For further information see the Evidence of Character section.


How to Apply

*A fully qualified teacher has completed a recognised teacher education qualification and programme of induction and can provide an official letter from the Competent Authority or Ministry of Education in the EU Member State in which the qualification was awarded confirming recognition as a fully qualified teacher in that State.

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