How do I Register

The registration process for Route 1 Primary, Route 2 Post-primary, and Route 4 Other depends on whether an applicant qualified in Ireland or outside Ireland. Applicants for Route 3 Further Education should follow the options below for Qualified in Ireland (regardless of where qualification was attained).

  1. Applicants must meet the registration requirements set out in the Revised Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2016
  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 vetting. This may take up to 6 weeks, so applicants are advised to apply for registration in advance of their planned return to (or commencement of) teaching.

Qualified in Ireland in the Current Year

Primary

(including Route 4 - Other)

Newly Qualified (qualifications awarded in Ireland)

Principle Conditions for Admission to the Register

Application Process

Post-Primary

Newly Qualified (qualifications awarded in Ireland)

Principle 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 Route 3 of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2016 and The Teaching Council [Registration] (Amendment) Regulations 2016.  

Principle Conditions for Admission to the Register

Qualifications 

Evidence of Character  – including Vetting (mandatory).

Application Process

Teachers should apply for registration using application form REG-01

Completed application forms must be submitted with:

  • photocopies of transcripts
  • other documentary evidence (see the application form)
  • the registration fee of €90

Applicants are advised to ensure the form is fully completed prior submission, by reference to the Guidance Notes document and the checklist included in the 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.

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.

Principle Conditions for Admission to the Register

Qualifications:

  1. Route 1 – Primary
  2. Route 2 – Post-Primary
  3. Route 3 – Further Education
  4. Route 4 - Other

Evidence of Character  – including Vetting (mandatory).

Application Process

Teachers (Route 1 – Primary, Route 2 – Post-Primary, Route 3 – Further Education, Route 4 – Other) should apply for registration using application form REG-01. 

Completed application forms must be submitted with:

  • photocopies of transcripts
  • other documentary evidence (see the application form)
  • the registration fee of €90

Applicants are advised to ensure the form is fully completed prior submission, by reference to the Guidance Notes document and the checklist included in the 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.

Qualified Outside of Ireland

Fully qualified teachers who have qualified outside of the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply for registration with the Teaching Council. All applications from teachers who qualified abroad are processed in line with the EU Directive 2005/36/EC and are assessed in the same manner, regardless of whether they qualified within or outside the EU. All applications are individually assessed.

A person deemed to be a fully qualified teacher has completed a recognised teacher education qualification and programme of induction in the country in which they qualified and can provide an official letter from the relevant teacher registration body/Competent Authority or Ministry of Education confirming recognition as a fully qualified teacher in that State/country.

In accordance with the EU Directive 2005/36/EC, the qualifications of teachers who qualified outside of the ROI are assessed to ensure they are of a comparable standard to those achieved by graduates of accredited programmes in Ireland. Where significant differences arise, conditions (qualification shortfalls) will be applied to the teacher’s registration.

 

There are three stages to the assessment process:

  1. Application
  • Submit the application form (below) with all required documentation and fee to the Council.
  • A staff member will contact an applicant if any documentation is missing from their application as the assessment cannot begin until all of the required documents have been received.
  • Applications are processed within a 12 week timeframe from the date of receipt of all required documentation.

 

Route 1: Primary

The application form for Route 1: Primary (PRQA-01) is available here. Accompanying guidance notes are available here.

Route 2: Post-primary

  • The application form for Route 2: Post primary (PPQA-01) is available here. Accompanying guidance notes are available here
  • Applicants who qualified outside of Ireland, applying for Physical Education, must also complete the form here. (PE1)
  • In order to register under Route 2 Post-primary and in addition to holding the relevant teacher education qualification, applicants must meet the requirements for at least one Post-primary curricular subject. Applicants must consult the Council's Post-primary Curricular Subject Requirements before determining which subject(s) to apply for. The requirements are available here.

 2. Assessment

 

  • An applicant’s file may be referred for assessment to an external Advisor.
  • The application, including the Advisor’s recommendation is considered by the Qualifications Panel which is made up of Teaching Council members.
  • Where significant differences are identified between the applicant’s qualifications and the registration requirements in Ireland, conditions will be applied to the applicant’s registration.
  • If the Panel decides to register the applicant subject to one or more conditions, or to refuse to register the applicant, the applicant will be informed in writing of this decision and given the option of requesting a review of the decision by the Registration Review Group, within 21 days of receipt of the decision of the Panel.
  • A teacher registered with conditions (qualification shortfalls) can complete these conditions either by aptitude test (module/course of study) or by adaptation period (by teaching in the area of shortfall) as outlined in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC, within a certain time frame. This timeframe is normally 3 years but may be extended upon application in certain circumstances.
  • All applicants under Route 1: Primary will have the condition of Irish Language Requirement applied to their registration.
  • All applicants under Route 2: Post-primary will have the condition of History & Structure of the Irish Education System applied to their registration.
  1. Registration

Registration will be finalised providing that all other requirements have been met in relation to character reference, vetting and English Language Proficiency.

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 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.

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.