Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) in Ireland

The Teaching Council has developed a streamlined "fast-track" application process for final year teacher education students who wish to register with the Council. It operates as follows:

A representative from the Teaching Council presents (either in person or online) to final year students in each college or university where a programme of teacher education is being provided.  The purpose of these visits is to outline the role and functions of the Teaching Council, to provide information about the process of registration and Vetting, and to distribute the forms required to commence the registration process. 

Before you can commence teaching in a recognised school, or receive salary from State funds, you must be registered with the Teaching Council. For final year students, the process commences before you complete your final year exams. To ensure a simple and straightforward process of registration, the following steps must be completed.

1. Consent Form for the Transfer of Student Details and Qualification Results from College/ University to the Teaching Council

The Teaching Council seeks student data from the colleges and universities to facilitate and simplify the registration process. The details sought include name, address, date of birth, gender, PPS number, qualification title and final grade information. In order for colleges and universities to transfer this data to the Council, you are requested to complete the consent form and authorise the college or university to transfer your contact details and exam results to the Council. This form should be completed and returned to the Registrar's Office/ nominated individual in the Education Department in the college or university.

You are advised to ensure that your college/ university is aware of the address where you will reside during the summer (June/July/August) as the Council will be writing to you regarding the registration process.

The College/ University can only transfer your data to the Teaching Council on receipt of a completed Consent form. The Council will only issue an NQT Registration Application form for the fast track process to those who have completed this step. If you do not submit a consent form to the College/ University to allow this data transfer, you will be required to apply for registration using the standard registration application form and provide all qualification transcripts and proof of identity.

2. Vetting Application

It is a requirement under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (NVB Act) that individuals who work with children and vulnerable persons be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau (NVB). The Teaching Council is the authorised body for administering vetting for teachers in Ireland and is required to assess a vetting disclosure for registration purposes. Please click here for a guide to applying for vetting.

You are advised to complete the Vetting process while you are in your final year of studies, well in advance of your final exams. This is to help prevent any unnecessary delays to your application.

3. Character Reference Form

Under the Teaching Council Acts, 2001-2015, one of the requirements for admission to the Register of Teachers is satisfactory evidence of character. The Council seeks evidence of character through the Vetting process (as described in the previous section) and through the completion of the Character Reference Form.

The Character Reference Form must be completed by a person in a position of scholastic/ academic responsibility, who has known you for at least one academic year in the last five years and who considers your character to be suitable for the teaching profession.

In the past years, NQTs have encountered difficulties in finding a suitable person to complete this section of the form at a time when registered teachers, school principals, and college staff are on summer leave. To alleviate this problem, it is advised that the Character Reference Form is

  • completed prior to sitting your final exams and,
  • retained and submitted along with the application for registration which is issued to you in the summer months.

4. NQT Registration Application Form

Provided you have submitted a completed Consent Form (Step 1) to your college/university, when you successfully complete your teacher education programme your college/ university will transfer your details to the Teaching Council.

An NQT registration application form is pre-populated with these details and posted to your address (as provided by your college/university). If your details are not transferred from your college/university (this includes supplemental examinations), you will not receive an NQT Application Form for registration and must complete the standard registration form.

You are required to complete the NQT Application Form for Registration, have it signed and stamped where indicated, and may need to provide additional documentation (transcripts) as listed on the application form. Insert your completed Character Reference Form (Step 2) and return to the Council in the pre-paid envelope provided along with the €90 registration fee.

The NQT Application Form also seeks Vetting information. It is essential therefore to ensure that Vetting has been completed or applied for (Step 2).

All final year students are strongly advised to attend the information sessions and complete the steps listed above in order to ensure the registration process is completed prior to the commencement of the school year. It is advisable to fully read the NQT Registration Information Leaflet which discusses in detail each step leading to registration and includes answers to many Frequently Asked Questions.

 Please note: Newly Qualified Teachers in general are granted registration with conditions pending the successful completion of all post-qualification professional practice requirements.