The application process involves submitting a completed Application Form, together with academic transcripts, proof of identity, evidence of character, the application fee and other documentary evidence. All applicants must also undergo the Garda Vetting process which can be completed at the same time as an application for registration. Each application is assessed according to set criteria regarding qualifications and teaching experience, as well as evidence of character. Registration may be granted in full or with conditions, or refused. Applicants have the right to request a review of decision if they are unhappy with the outcome of the application process.
In Ireland, only teachers who have met the registration requirements of the Teaching Council are allowed to teach in state-recognised Primary and Post-Primary schools* and have their salaries paid from state funds. The Minister for Education and Skills, in accordance with Section 24 of the Education Act 1998, directs that school authorities, as employers, ensure that teachers proposed for appointment to teaching posts for which a salary grant is being sought, must be:
- Registered with the Teaching Council in accordance with Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001
- Have qualifications appropriate to the sector and suitable to the posts for which they are proposed.
The Department of Education and Skills have issued circular letters regarding teacher recruitment and vetting.
*In accordance with Section 10 of the Education Act, 1998.