Important Notice

Important Notice for those commencing a Teacher Education Qualification outside of Ireland from 2011

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

The Teaching Council is the designated authority for the recognition of teaching qualifications under Council Directive 2005/36/EC[1] in Ireland. To ensure compliance with The Teaching Council’s recently published Registration Regulations[2] and the Directive, the Council wishes to advise of revised procedures for the assessment of teaching qualifications coming within the terms of the Directive.

Persons wishing to apply for registration under the terms of the Directive must be fully recognised/registered as teachers in another EEA Member State[3] and provide certification thereof when applying for registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland.

In practice, this means that persons commencing a teacher education qualification in another EEA Member State from 01/01/2011 onwards must also complete any required period of post-qualification professional practice (e.g. N.Q.T. or Induction year) and be fully recognised/registered under the terms of the Directive 2005/36/EC by the designated authority of that Member State prior to seeking registration with The Teaching Council in Ireland.

This update does not change existing arrangements for those persons who have commenced a teaching qualification outside of Ireland prior to 31/12/2010.

[1] European Directive 2005/36/EC aids mobility by obliging Member States to consider the qualifications acquired elsewhere in the Community to allow access to a regulated profession in their territory. The Directive is available on the website of the European Commission at

[2] The [Registration] Regulations 2016 are available on the website of the Teaching Council at

[3] Please check with the designated authority of the EEA Member State in which the teacher education qualification is being provided with regard to the requirements for registration that meets the terms of Council Directive 2005/36/EC. The designated authority is usually the General Teaching Council or Ministry for Education in that Member State.