Registration with Conditions

Conditional Registration is granted when an applicant for registration has not fulfilled all of the Council's registration requirements.  If Conditional Registration is granted, the Council will inform the teacher of the conditions imposed, the measures required to meet them, and the timeframe within which they must be met. Conditions will be recorded on the Register and on the teacher's Conditional Registration letter.

In some circumstances, a registered teacher will be required to satisfy one condition before satisfying a second.  In such cases, the period set for fulfilling the second condition does not begin until the first condition has been met. When all registration conditions have been met, a certificate of registration will be issued.

Conditions should be met within the specified timeframe.  If all conditions are not met within the specified timeframe, and no extension has been granted, the teacher's registration will lapse.

Post-qualification professional practice conditions are generally applied to Primary and Post-primary NQTs. These conditions include Droichead, the new model of Induction and the traditional processes of Probation, Post-qualification Employment (PQE) and the Induction Programme. Further information regarding these conditions are contained in the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria 2016/2017.

Expiring Conditions/Renewals

Should you renew your registration while continuing to hold expiring conditions, you will lapse from the Register of Teachers unless you address this separately with the Council.

Granting Full registration to teachers that have been probated in a restricted setting

Teachers registered under Regulation Two (Primary), who have previously been probated in a restricted setting may be eligible to apply for full registration in that sector subject to specific criteria.

Droichead and movement between schools

Droichead is the new integrated process for addressing post-qualification professional practice conditions. For more information in relation to Droichead please click here.

Transitionary arrangements have been published to give guidance to teachers who commenced fulfilling their post-qualification practice conditions before 01 September 2016 and teachers moving between schools. Please note that additional information regarding Droichead may be found in the FAQ section of this website.

Induction Programme

Participation in a programme of induction workshops is a requirement for all NQTs who completed their teacher education qualification in 2012 and subsequently. In addition, other teachers who apply for registration from 02 July 2012 under Route 1 (Primary), Route 2 (Post-primary) and Route 4 (Other), are required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme provided that they have not previously:

  • met the requirements of Post-Qualification Employment (PQE) (Post-primary)
  • met the requirements of Probation (Primary)
  • completed an induction programme in another jurisdiction.

This means that induction is a condition of registration in the same manner as probation (primary teachers) and post-qualification experience (PQE) (Post-primary teachers) are conditions of registration.

From the 2016/2017 academic year, teachers who commence Droichead are not required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme as the condition of Induction is fulfilled as part of the integrated Droichead process. The condition of Induction is removed when the completed Droichead Form D is submitted.

Probation

The sections of the Teaching Council Act 2001 dealing with probation were commenced in September 2012. This means that the Council has a statutory responsibility for establishing procedures and criteria for the probation of newly qualified teachers.

To gain full registration, all Primary teachers must complete a probationary process on Droichead process after satisfying all other registration conditions. The probationary process is set out in detail in the Council's document Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria 2016/2017.

The probationary process will involve a minimum teaching service requirement (100 days) and incidental visits from a Department of Education and Skills Inspector, who will prepare a report on the suitability of the teacher.

Teachers who began service on or after September 1st, 2010, should notify the Teaching Council once they have completed the required service requirement and have received a satisfactory report from the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate. On fulfilling this condition by completing the service and competence requirements of the probationary process, registrants should complete Form C and return it to the Teaching Council.

The condition relating to successful completion of a probationary period currently applies to Primary teachers and to teachers registered under Route 4 - Other, who are employed in Primary Schools and Special Schools.

Timeframe

Probation begins only after all other registration conditions have been met. From that date, a maximum period of three years is permitted to meet this requirement.

All new registrants have a period of three years from their date of registration, to meet the requirement of any condition. 

Primary teachers who began service prior to September 1st 2010, have until 31st August 2015 to satisfy the probationary requirement.

Probation in Other Jurisdictions

Currently, all teachers qualified outside Ireland and who wish to achieve full registration with the Teaching Council must complete the probationary process. An exception is made where an applicant for registration has completed a period of induction/probation in the State where he/she qualified. The applicant must provide the Council with evidence of a satisfactory period of overseas induction/probation.

Where a teacher has completed a probationary period in another jurisdiction, he/she may apply to the Teaching Council to have this recognized as satisfying the condition of probation. Teaching service in state-inspected primary schools outside Ireland may also be considered towards the service requirement.

Timeframe

Probation begins only after all other registration conditions have been met. Form that date, a maximum period of three years is permitted to meet this requirement.

All new registrants have a period of three years from their date of registration, to meet the requirements of any condition.

Primary teachers who began service prior to September 1st 2010, have until 31st August 2015 to satisfy the probationary requirement.

Important Note for persons commencing initial teacher education outside Ireland and within the EEA from 1 January 2011

Revised procedures for the registration of teachers under Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries) in Ireland

From 1 January 2011, persons commencing a programme of initial teacher education outside Ireland and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under the mobility rights (for workers) of Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries), must have full registration from the country in which they completed the programme of initial teacher education. Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation in that country. In effect, if probation/induction is a requirement for the purpose of gaining full registration in that State, a teacher will not gain mobility rights under the terms of the Directive until the requirement is met. Generally, such a teacher will be deemed exempt from the probationary period in Ireland. From September 2010, the Teaching Council is the body that processes applications for exemptions from probation.

Post-Qualification Employment (PQE)

To become fully registered as a post-primary teacher, all post-primary teachers must complete a period of Post-Qualification Employment (PQE) or the Droichead process.

Post-Qualification Employment involves providing evidence of 300 hours' teaching experience in a recognised school, which is verified and signed by the school principal. This involves a minimum of 200 hours teaching a recognised post-primary curricular subject or guidance counselling to a designated class on the school's timetable. Up to 100 hours of the approved teaching may be carried out in a learning support, special needs, language support role or other timetabled activity.

On fulfilling this condition, registrants should complete Form B, have it signed and stamped by the School Principal and return it to the Teaching Council.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to meet this requirement.

PQE/Probation in Other Jurisdictions

Currently, all teachers who qualified outside Ireland and who wish to achieve full registration with the Teaching Council must complete the probationary process equivalent to PQE. An exception is made where an applicant for registration has completed a period of induction/probation in the State where he/she qualified. The applicant must provide the Council with evidence of a satisfactory period of overseas induction/probation.

Where a teacher has completed the probationary process equivalent to PQE  in another jurisdiction, he/she may apply to the Teaching Council to have this recognised as satisfying the condition of PQE. Teaching service in state-inspected post-primary schools outside Ireland may also be considered towards the service requirement.

Important Note for persons commencing initial teacher education outside Ireland and within the EEA from 1 January 2011

Revised procedures for the registration of teachers under Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries) in Ireland

From 1 January 2011, persons commencing a programme of initial teacher education outside Ireland and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under the mobility rights (for workers) of Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries), must have full registration from the country in which they completed the programme of initial teacher education. Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation in that country. In effect, if probation/induction is a requirement for the purpose of gaining full registration in that State, a teacher will not gain mobility rights under the terms of the Directive until the requirement is met. Generally, such a teacher will be deemed exempt from the probationary period in Ireland. From September 2010, the Teaching Council is the body that processes applications for exemptions from probation. 

Irish Language Requirement (ILR)

Where an applicant for registration as a primary teacher has completed a programme of teacher education outside Ireland, an Irish Language Requirement (ILR) condition normally applies to his/her registration. The applicant can either complete an Aptitude Test (SCG – An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge) or an Adaptation Period (OCG – Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge), which confirms the applicant's competence to teach the Irish language as well as a range of primary school curricular subjects through the medium of Irish. Conditional registration is granted to those in the process of completing this requirement.

Both the SCG (Aptitude Test) and OCG (Adaptation Period) are administered by Institiúid Oideachais Marino, Dublin 9. For full information visit www.ilrweb.ie.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to satisfy this condition.

In some circumstances, a registered teacher will be required to satisfy one condition before satisfying a second. For example, this applies to primary teachers who must address a shortfall in the Irish language requirement before beginning the probationary process. In such cases, the period set for completing the second shortfall does not begin until the first condition has been met.

Qualification Shortfalls (QS)

Where an applicant (who is deemed fully qualified as a teacher in another EU Member State) falls short of the required qualifications for registration in Ireland, they may be registered on condition that they rectify the shortfall(s) within a specified period, usually not exceeding three years from the date of registration. This policy is consistent with European Directive 2005/36/EC, transposed into Irish Law in Statutory Instrument Number 139 of 2008.

Qualification shortfalls may be identified in undergraduate and/or teaching qualifications and may include shortfalls in curricular subject knowledge; foundation studies in education; subject teaching methodologies; teaching practice; and knowledge of the history and structure of the Irish education system.

The Council normally grants conditional registration due to qualification shortfalls where an applicant has been fully recognised as a teacher in another jurisdiction. It does not grant conditional registration to applicants who have partially completed a qualification; or who have not previously been recognised as teachers, who have an obvious qualification shortfall at the time of applying. This policy is consistent with European Directive 2005/36/EC.

Qualification shortfalls are notified to the applicant when they complete the registration process. The conditions imposed and their respective expiry dates are recorded on the register and on the letter confirming registration.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to satisfy this condition.

In some circumstances, a registered teacher will be required to satisfy one condition before satisfying a second. For example, this applies to primary teachers who must address a shortfall in early year primary teaching before beginning the probationary process. In such cases, the period set for completing the second shortfall does not begin until the first condition has been met.

History & Structure Examination (H&S)

Where an applicant for registration as a Post-Primary teacher has completed a programme of teacher education outside of the Republic of Ireland, they are required to gain a knowledge and understanding of the history and structure of the Irish education system. They can do this by successfully completing an Aptitude Test (facilitated twice yearly by the Teaching Council) or an Adaptation Period in the History and Structure of the Irish Education System. Further information is available here or by emailing historyandstructure@teachingcouncil.ie

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to meet this requirement.

Registration Condition Appeals

An applicant who has had a registration condition imposed may request a review of the Council’s decision. 

Should the review not overturn the decision of the Council to apply conditions, an applicant may apply to the High Court for an annulment of the decision, under section 31(8) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001.

Conditional Registration Extension Requests

If a registered teacher is unable to complete the requirements of a registration condition within the specified period, he or she may apply to the Council for an extension. This application must be made in the year in which the specified period is due to expire. The teacher must outline the difficulties and/or extenuating circumstances preventing the completion of the required measures in the time specified. The Council will consider such requests in the context of the nature of the registration condition, the progress made to date and the work that remains to be completed. Every application for an extension is evaluated on its own merits. Extensions are typically granted for the following reasons:

  • a prolonged illness which prevents a teacher from working; or a serious illness of a close relative for whom the teacher has acted as a carer
  • bereavement  involving the death of family members or dependents
  • maternity, paternity, adoptive or unpaid leave has been granted
  • a teacher has not secured employment necessary to meet a condition
  • long-term foreign travel or employment outside Ireland

The teacher may apply for an extension by completing the Extension Request Form EXT-01. Documentary evidence will be required as outlined on the reverse of the form. The Director or his/her nominee will consider the application for an extension. If an application is refused, an applicant can appeal the decision. This appeal will be considered by the Registration Committee of the Council.

Lapsed Registrations & Re-admissions

Lapsed registrations: failure to meet a registration condition within the specified period

If a registered teacher fails to fulfill the requirements of a registration condition in the specified period and has not requested or been granted an extension, the registration will lapse. It is the responsibility of a teacher to inform the Teaching Council before the expiry date, when the requirements of the condition have been satisfied, otherwise the registration will lapse.

Re-admission to the register following lapse of registration

If a teacher whose registration has lapsed wishes to be readmitted to the register, the provisions of section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act will apply. This may involve submitting an application form, transcripts, evidence of character documentation and other supporting documentation. The original requirements of the condition will also have to be met.

Where a teacher registered with conditions voluntarily leaves the register and later seeks readmission, that teacher will be allowed the balance of the period originally granted to meet the requirements of the conditions.