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 the 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.

Watch a video on the assessment process below;

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 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.

3. Registration

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