Post-Primary Teachers Applying for Registration on or Before 31 December 2016

Qualification requirements

Those applying for registration on or before 31 December 2016 must:

  • Hold an Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) which meets the requirements for at least one curricular subject. The requirements for all recognised post-primary curricular subjects can be found in the Curricular Subject Requirements document. The Curricular Subject Requirements document also includes an indicative list of degrees that may be recognised for registration purposes. However, given that degree content and modules can change over time, it is very important that applicants read the indicative list in conjunction with the curricular subject requirements. In cases where degrees listed are at Ordinary Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 7), applicants must bring this up to NFQ Level 8 by completing additional studies e.g. level 8 add on year, Masters or Higher or Postgraduate Diploma. Download the Curricular Subject Requirements for those applying for registration on or before 31 December 2016.



  • Hold a Teaching Council approved concurrent degree qualification in post-primary initial teacher education which combines the study of one or more curricular subjects with teacher education studies directed towards first to sixth years (typically students in the 12 to 18 age range).

Application Process

1. Applicants who meet the above requirements should complete Application Form PPR-01 and submit it to the Teaching Council with:

  • certified copies of exam  transcripts
  • proof of identity, e.g. certified copy of birth cert or passport
  • other documentary evidence (see application form)
  • the appropriate fee (see application form)

2.  Applications should be fully completed. If the form is incomplete or documentation is not included,  the applicant is contacted and requested to forward any missing documentation or fill in any incomplete sections of the form.

3. Complete applications will be assessed with regard to:

4. Where an applicant does not meet the qualification requirements outlined above for registration under Regulation Four: Post Primary of the Teaching Council Registration Regulations 2009, they will be given the option to apply for Qualification Assessment and/or registration under Regulation Five: Further Education.

5. Where the Council decides not to approve an application for registration or when registration conditions are imposed, applicants may request a Review of Decision by the Council’s Registration Review Group.

Where, following the review, the Council’s Registration Review Group decides to uphold the original decision, the applicant can apply to the High Court for an annulment of that decision within 21 days.

The Teaching Council comes under the remit of the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman Amendment) Act 2012).