From 01 October 2018, applicants for registration with the Teaching Council who have qualifications from outside of Ireland must now satisfy the Council that they have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively. Applicants may demonstrate the required level by providing one of the following:
I. A certified copy of a qualification (teacher education or undergraduate) acquired and examined through the medium of English.
II. A certified copy of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate attesting knowledge in the English language with a score of 7.0 or above.
The Teaching Council will reserve the right to independently verify the scores with IETLS. All components of the IELTS test must be attempted at the same sitting. The test must have been undertaken no more than five years prior to the date of submission or the applicant must provide evidence of having resided and worked/studied on a full time basis in an English speaking environment since having completed the evaluation. The IELTS certificate (where required) must be supplied with the registration application form, registration cannot be finalised without this document.
III. Evidence of living and practicing in a professional capacity through the medium of English in a country that has English recognised as an official language for three out of the preceding five years.
IV. Evidence of living and undertaking a programme of learning through the medium of English in a country that has English recognised as an official language for three out of the preceding five years.