Assessment of Post-Primary Qualifications Awarded in Ireland

The requirements for all recognised post-primary subjects can be found in the subject criteria document. This document also includes an indicative list of Recognised Degrees.*

Where applicants for registration hold qualifications not included on this list, their qualifications must be assessed by the Council. This is to ensure that they are of a comparable standard to those already recognised by the Teaching Council. The process works as follows:

  1. The applicant applies for assessment of their qualification on the following PPQA-01 form. Completed application forms must be submitted with original or certified copies of transcripts and course handbooks, proof of identity and other documentary evidence as specified on the form. Applicants should refer to the included checklist to ensure the form is fully completed prior to submission.

  2. Teaching Council staff examine the application to ensure that it is complete and that all necessary documentation has been submitted. 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. Applicants should note the Council cannot process an application where any documentation is outstanding.

  3. Once the Council is satisfied that the application is complete, it is referred to an external assessor.

  4. The assessor’s recommendations are reviewed by the Post-Primary Applications Panel, which can:

    • Endorse the recommendation of the assessor
    • Reject the recommendation of the assessor, or
    • Defer a decision, pending the receipt of further information or clarification from the assessor or the applicant.
  5. Once the Panel makes a decision, the applicant is notified and, where the qualifications are deemed to 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:

  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 the decision by the Council’s Registration Review Group. Further information about the Review of Decision process is available here.

    Where, following a review, the council's Registration Review Group decides to uphold the decision of the Post-primary Applications Panel, 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.

*In the past, these degrees have been deemed to meet the requirements for named subjects however, given that the content of degrees and of modules within degrees can change over time, it is very important that applicants read this list in conjunction with the curricular subject requirements. In cases where listed degrees are at Ordinary Bachelor Degree NFQ Level 7, applicants will need to bring this up to NFQ Level 8 by completing additional studies e.g. a Level 8 Add –on year , Masters, Higher or Postgraduate Diploma to be eligible for registration.