How do I Register

The registration process depends on whether an applicant qualified in Ireland or outside Ireland.

Applicants who qualified in Ireland, who are not new graduates, and who wish to begin or return to teaching after a period of absence (e.g. a career break) may apply to the Teaching Council for registration.

  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.

Qualified in Ireland in the Current Year

Primary

Newly Qualified (qualifications awarded in Ireland)

Principal Conditions for Admission to the Register

Application Process

Post-Primary

Newly Qualified (qualifications awarded in Ireland)

Principal Conditions for Admission to the Register

Application Process

Further Education

Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in Regulation Five of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009.

The form should be used only for non-mainstream subjects in the Further Education sector.

Qualified in Ireland Prior to the Current Year

Applicants who qualified in Ireland, who are not new graduates, and who wish to begin or return to teaching after a period of absence (e.g. a career break) may apply to the Teaching Council for registration.

Primary 

(including Montessori & Other Categories)

Principal Conditions for Admission to the Register

Application Process

The application form for registration as a primary teacher, if the qualifications have been awarded in Ireland, is Application Form PR-01.

Completed application forms must be submitted with:

  • original transcripts
  • proof of identity
  • other documentary evidence (see the application form)
  • the appropriate fee (see the application form).

Applicants are advised to ensure the form is fully completed prior submission, by reference to the checklist included in each form. When an application is received, it is examined by Teaching Council staff to ensure that it is complete and accompanied by all necessary documentation. Where this is not the case, the applicant is contacted and requested to forward any missing documentation or fill in any incomplete sections of the form.

Post-Primary 

Principal Conditions for Admission to the Register

Application Process

The application form for registration as a post-primary teacher, if the qualifications have been awarded in Ireland, is Application Form PPR-01.

Completed application forms must be submitted with:

  • original transcripts
  • proof of identity
  • other documentary evidence (see the application form)
  • the appropriate fee (see the application form).

Applicants are advised to ensure the form is fully completed prior submission, by reference to the checklist included in each form. When an application is received, it is examined by Teaching Council staff to ensure that it is complete and accompanied by all necessary documentation. Where this is not the case, the applicant is contacted and requested to forward any missing documentation or fill in any incomplete sections of the form.

Further Education

Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in Regulation Five of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009.

Download the application form for Registration as a Teacher (Further Education Sector) here. The form should be used only for non-mainstream subjects in the Further Education sector.

Qualified Outside of Ireland (Within the EU)

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.

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.

Primary

Teachers fully qualified* 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, pending the making good of any shortfalls (e.g. qualification shortfalls and/or the Irish Language Requirement)

Where applicants hold primary teaching qualifications awarded in EU/EEA countries, their qualifications must be assessed by the Council, to ensure that they meet the qualifications criteria set out in Regulation Two of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009, As well as this, their qualifications must be of a comparable standard to those of primary teacher education qualifications already recognised in Ireland. 

Applications cannot be processed without an original statement of qualified teacher status from the competent authority in the member state in which the qualification was recognised. 

Application Process

 1. Applicants who have qualified outside of Ireland, but within the EU/EEA, and wish to register as a primary teacher should apply by submitting application form PRQA-01.

Completed application forms must be submitted with:

  • original transcripts and course handbooks
  • proof of identity
  • other documentary evidence (see the application form)
  • the appropriate fee (see the application form).

Applicants are advised to ensure the form is fully completed prior submission, by reference to the checklist included in each form.

2. Teaching Council staff examine the application to ensure that it is complete and that all necessary documentation has been submitted. If the application is incomplete, the Council requests the applicant to forward any missing documentation or fill in any incomplete sections of the form. 
       
3. Once the application is complete, it may be referred to an external assessor. The assessors in relation to the recognition of primary teaching qualifications are drawn from the Colleges of Education in Ireland.
       
4. The assessor’s recommendations are reviewed by the Council's Primary Applications Panel.
       
5. Where the assessor does not recommend that the qualifications be recognised, the applicant may supply additional information to support the application. This will be considered anew by the assessor.
       
6. The Primary Applications Panel may:

  • endorse the recommendation of the assessor
  • reject the recommendation of the assessor
  • defer a decision, pending further information or clarification from the assessor or the applicant.

7. Where the qualifications have met the requirements for registration, the application continues to be processed in accordance with Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. This involves assessing the application with regard to:

8. Where the Primary Applications Panel decides not to recognise the qualifications, the applicant may request a review of the decision by the Council’s Registration Committee Review Group.

Where, following a review, the Council’s Registration Committee Review Group decides not to recognise an applicant’s qualifications, the applicant has a right to appeal this decision to the High Court within 21 days. 

Application Form

Post-Primary

The Teaching Council welcomes applications from fully qualified teachers* who qualified outside of Ireland in other EU/EEA Member States.**  Under the EU Directive 2005/36/EC, teachers fully qualified in one EU Member State are entitled to have their qualifications recognised in all other member states. This recognition may be subject to conditions, e.g. qualification shortfalls.

Where applicants hold qualifications awarded outside of Ireland but within the EU, their qualifications must be assessed by the Council to ensure that they are comparable with post-primary registration criteria in Ireland which stipulate that applicants must hold:

  • An Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent, consisting of at least three years of full-time study or equivalent (180 ECTS credits), and, deemed by the Teaching Council to be suitable for the purposes of teaching at least one curricular subject at post-primary level.

AND

  • An approved initial teacher education qualification directed towards first to sixth years (typically students in the 12 to 18 year age range), incorporating Foundation Studies, Professional Studies and School Placement. (With effect from September 2014, postgraduate programmes of initial teacher education accredited by the Teaching Council will be extended to two years full time study or 120 ECTS credits.  Applicants who commence programmes of initial teacher education after 1 January 2014 will be required to meet these new requirements).

OR

  • A concurrent degree qualification in post-primary initial teacher education which combines the study of one or more curricular subjects with teacher education studies directed towards first to sixth years (typically students in the 12 to 18 year age range). (With effect from September 2014, concurrent teacher education qualifications accredited by the Teaching Council must have a credit weighting which is not less than the equivalent to 240 ECTS credits (or 480 CATS).  Applicants who commence programmes of concurrent teacher education after 1 January 2014 will be required to meet these new requirements).

Application Process

Applications made under the terms of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC must include an original or certified copy of their status under this directive, as issued by the competent authority in the member state in which the qualification was recognised.

1. Applicants for registration who have qualified outside of Ireland and within the EU/EEA, and who meet the above requirements should complete the application form PPQA-01 and submit it to the Teaching Council with:

  • certified copies of exam transcripts and course handbooks
  • proof of identity e.g. certified copy of birth cert or passport
  • other documentary evidence (see application form)
  • the appropriate fee (see application form).

2. The application form should be fully completed. If the form is incomplete or documentation is not included, the applicant is contacted and requested to forward any missing documentation or to fill in any incomplete sections of the form.

3. Once a completed form and all supporting documentation have been received, the application may be referred to an external assessor.
 
4. The assessor’s recommendations are reviewed by the Council's Post-Primary Applications Panel who may:

  • endorse the recommendation
  • reject the recommendation
  • defer a decision, pending further information or clarification from the assessor or the applicant.

5. The application continues to be processed in accordance with Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. This involves assessing the application with regard to:

Where there are significant differences between the Teaching Council requirements and the qualifications of an EU Directive applicant, he/she may be registered with conditions and required to address any shortfalls (conditions) within a specified timeframe not exceeding three years. During this period they will be eligible to take up teaching positions and be paid from State funds.

6. Where the Post-primary Application Panel decides not to approve an application for registration or when registration conditions are imposed, applicants may request a Review of Decision by the Council’s Registration Review Group.

Where, following a review, the Council's Registration Review Group decides to uphold the original decision, the applicant can apply to the High Court for the annulment of that decision within 21 days.  

7. The Teaching Council comes under the remit of the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman Amendment) Act 2012). Click here for further information.

 *The term fully qualified outside Ireland applies to applicants who completed an initial teacher education qualification outside Ireland. In some cases these applicants may have studied in Ireland at undergraduate degree level.

**The  EU/EEA Member States are: United Kingdom (incorporating England , Scotland,  Wales and Northern Ireland)  Iceland, Finland, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia.

Further Education

Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in Regulation Five of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009.

Download the application form for Registration as a Teacher (Further Education Sector) here. The form should be used only for non-mainstream subjects in the Further Education sector.

Qualified Outside of Ireland (Outside the EU)

The Teaching Council welcomes applications from teachers who qualified outside the EU/EEA and are deemed fully qualified* in their home country. Each application will be assessed individually.

A fully qualified teacher will have 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 their home country confirming recognition as a fully qualified teacher in that country.

Primary

Where applicants for registration hold primary teaching qualifications awarded outside the EU/EEA countries and are deemed fully qualified* in their home country, their qualifications must be assessed by the Council, to ensure that they meet the qualifications criteria set out in Regulation Two of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009. As well as this, their qualifications must be of a comparable standard to those of primary teacher education qualifications already recognised in Ireland.

Registration may be granted subject to conditions, pending the making good of any shortfalls (e.g. qualification shortfalls and/or the Irish Language Requirement)

Applications cannot be processed without an original statement of qualified teacher status from the competent authority in the member state in which the qualification was recognised.
 

Application Process

1. Applicants who have qualified outside the EU/EEA, and wish to register as a primary teacher should apply by submitting application form PRQA-01.

Completed application forms must be submitted with:

  • original transcripts and course handbooks
  • proof of identity
  • other documentary evidence (see the application form)
  • the appropriate fee (see the application form).

Applicants are advised to ensure the form is fully completed prior submission, by reference to the checklist included in each form.

2. Teaching Council staff examine the application to ensure that it is complete and that all necessary documentation has been submitted. If the application is incomplete, the Council requests the applicant to forward any missing documentation or fill in any incomplete sections of the form. 
      
3. Once the application is complete, it may be referred to an external assessor. The assessors in relation to the recognition of primary teaching qualifications are drawn from the Colleges of Education in Ireland.
 

4. The assessor’s recommendations are reviewed by the Council's Primary Applications Panel.
      
5. Where the assessor does not recommend that the qualifications be recognised, the applicant may supply additional information to support the application. This will be considered anew by the assessor.
      
6. The Primary Applications Panel may:

  • endorse the recommendation of the assessor
  • reject the recommendation of the assessor
  • defer a decision, pending further information or clarification from the assessor or the applicant.

7. Where the qualifications have met the requirements for registration, the application continues to be processed in accordance with Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. This involves assessing the application with regard to:

8. Where the Primary Applications Panel decides not to recognise the qualifications, the applicant may request a review of the decision by the Council’s Registration Committee Review Group.

Where, following a review, the Council’s Registration Committee Review Group decides not to recognise an applicant’s qualifications, the applicant has a right to appeal this decision to the High Court within 21 days. See here for further details on the Review of Decision process.

Application Form

A fully qualified teacher will have 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 their home country confirming recognition as a fully qualified teacher in that country.

Post-Primary

Where applicants for registration hold qualifications awarded outside the EU/EEA, their qualifications must be assessed by the Council to ensure that they are comparable with post-primary registration criteria in Ireland.  Regulation Four of these requirements stipulates that applicants for post-primary registration must hold:

  • An Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent, consisting of at least three years of full-time study or equivalent (180 ECTS credits) and deemed by the Teaching Council to be suitable for the purposes of teaching at least one curricular subject at post-primary level. 

AND

  • An approved initial teacher education qualification directed towards first to sixth years (typically students in the 12 to 18 year age range), incorporating foundation studies, professional studies and school placement. (With effect from September 2014, postgraduate programmes of initial teacher education accredited by the Teaching Council will be extended to two years full time study or 120 ECTS credits.  Applicants who commence programmes of initial teacher education after 1 January 2014 will be required to meet these new requirements).

OR

  • A concurrent degree qualification in post-primary teacher education qualification, (e.g., Bachelor of Education) which combines the study of one or more curricular subjects with teacher education. (With effect from September 2014, concurrent teacher education qualifications accredited by the Teaching Council must have a credit weighting which is not less than the equivalent to 240 ECTS credits (or 480 CATS).  Applicants who commence programmes of concurrent teacher education after 1 January 2014 will be required to meet these new requirements)

Application Process

Applications for registration from teachers qualified overseas must be accompanied by an original (or certified copy) of the statement from a designated authority e.g. ministry of education, teacher registration/licensing body, confirming that they are a fully recognised/registered post-primary teacher in their home state.

1. Applicants for registration who have qualified outside of the EU/EEA countries and who meet the above requirements should complete the application form PPQA-01 and submit to the Teaching Council with:

  • certified copies of exam  transcripts and course handbooks
  • proof of identity e.g. certified copy of birth cert or passport
  • other documentary evidence (see application form)
  • the appropriate fee (see application form).

2. The application form should be fully completed.  If the form is incomplete or documentation is not included, the applicant will be contacted and requested to forward any missing documentation or to fill in any incomplete sections of the form.

3. Once a completed form and all supporting documentation have been received, the application may be referred to an external assessor.

 4. The assessor’s recommendations are reviewed by the Council's Post-Primary Applications Panel who may:

  • endorse the recommendation
  • reject the recommendation
  • defer a decision, pending further information or clarification from the assessor or the applicant.

5. The application continues to be processed in accordance with Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. This involves assessing the application with regard to:

Where there are significant differences between the Teaching Council requirements and the qualifications of an applicant, they may be registered with conditions and required to address any shortfalls (conditions) within a specified timeframe not exceeding three years. During this period they will be eligible to take up teaching positions and be paid from State funds.  

6. Where the post-primary Applications Panel decides not to approve an application for registration or when registration conditions are imposed, applicants may request a review of decision by the Council’s Registration Review Group.

Where, following a review, the Council’s Registration Review Group decides to uphold the original decision, the applicant can apply to the High Court for an annulment of that decision within 21 days.

7. The Teaching Council comes under the remit of the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman Amendment) Act 2012). Click here for further information.

* The term fully qualified outside Ireland applies to applicants who completed an initial teacher education qualification outside Ireland. In some cases these applicants may have studied in Ireland at undergraduate degree level.

Further Education

Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in Regulation Five of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009.

Download the application form for Registration as a Teacher (Further Education Sector) here. The form should be used only for non-mainstream subjects in the Further Education sector.

Registration and EU Directive 2005/36/EC

Introduction

The European Directive 2005/36/EC relates to the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications between EU Member States and provides for the freedom of movement and recognition of fully qualified professionals within EU Member States.

Under the terms of the Directive, a teacher is not deemed to be fully qualified (in compliance with the Directive) until he/she has completed his/her programme of Initial Teacher Education and any period of post-qualification professional practice required in the State where he/she qualified. This is normally known as the induction/probation year or in the Irish Post-primary sector PQE (Post Qualification Employment). Therefore, a teacher who has not completed an approved induction/probation year is not deemed fully qualified and is not entitled to the benefits of the Directive.

Mutual recognition of teachers who qualified in Ireland

The benefits of mutual recognition provided for within the Directive apply to teachers who qualified in Ireland in that they will be recognised (and registered) by the respective Teaching Councils in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales and other EU Member States as long as they are fully registered (i.e. without conditions) in Ireland. Conversely, a teacher who is registered with conditions (e.g. with PQE or Probation) cannot benefit from the provisions of the Directive and cannot be registered in another EU Member State.

Teaching Council aligns its registration policy in full compliance with the Directive

In the past, the Council granted the benefits of this Directive to Irish persons who travelled to another Member State, completed a teacher education qualification and who returned immediately to Ireland without being deemed to be recognised under the Directive in that Member State. In doing this the Council was granting the benefits of the Directive to those who were not entitled to such benefits (as they were not deemed fully qualified in the Member State of origin). This practice was not in compliance with the EU Directive. The revised practice is now compliant with the Directive and is consistent with the policy in other EU Member States.

In May 2010, The Council published a notice on its website and also on the GTTR (Graduate Teacher Training Registry) login page about the change in policy with regard to applications under the Directive. All teachers applying for entry to teacher education programmes in the UK do so via the GTTR. The policy applies to all persons commencing a teacher education qualification in another EU Member State after January 01, 2011.Please click here to view the notice.

Mutual recognition of teachers who qualify in other EU Member States

If a person travels to another Member State to complete a teacher education qualification (with a commencement date after January 01, 2011) and returns to Ireland without completing the induction year (i.e. without being deemed fully qualified in that Member State), the Council cannot register this person under the terms of the EU Directive as a primary or post-primary teacher as he/she is not deemed fully qualified in the Member State in which the qualification was awarded.

The Council would therefore advise such persons to complete the induction year in the country where the teaching qualification was awarded prior to applying for registration with the Teaching Council in Ireland. Such persons will then benefit from the provisions of the Directive and will be registered within the timeframes as set out within the Directive.