Registration with Conditions

Conditional Registration is granted when an applicant for registration has not fulfilled all of the Council's registration requirements. If Conditional Registration is granted, the Council will inform the teacher of the conditions imposed, the measures required to meet them, and the timeframe within which they must be met. Conditions will be recorded on the Register and on the teacher's Conditional Registration letter.

In some circumstances, a registered teacher will be required to satisfy one condition before satisfying a second. In such cases, the period set for fulfilling the second condition does not begin until the first condition has been met. When all registration conditions have been met, a certificate of registration will be issued.

Conditions should be met within the specified timeframe. If all conditions are not met within the specified timeframe, and no extension has been granted, the teacher's registration will lapse.

Post-qualification professional practice conditions are generally applied to Primary and Post-primary NQTs. These conditions include Droichead, and in some exceptional circumstances the legacy Traditional Processes of Post-qualification employment (PQE) and the Induction Workshop Programme.  It is important to note that from the 2020/2021 academic year, Droichead will be the only route of induction for all Primary and Post-primary teachers.  Further information regarding these conditions are contained in the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria 2020/2021 and in the Droichead: A Quick Guide (Primary and Post-primary) and in the Post Qualification Professional Practice Conditions Legacy Guide. 

Updated Droichead Interim Measures 2019/2020 (COVID 19)

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak and the unprecedented situation of school closures, the Teaching Council has reviewed its position in relation to newly qualified teachers (NQTs) engaging in Droichead in 2019/2020. Additional flexibility is being introduced to support NQTs in completing the process. These arrangements balance the core principles of the policy which is the school based supportive process outlined in Strand A coupled with engagement in the additional professional learning activities including Cluster Meetings as set out in Strand B, see below:


  • Strand A (school based) relates to the in-school support including observations and professional discussions.
The minimum time requirement for Strand A is 60 days (Primary) and 200 hours (Post-primary) from the date listed on the confirmation email issued to the NQT at the start of the process.
  • Strand B (Professional Learning Activities) relates to Cluster Meeting(s) and professional learning activities. 
It is the Council’s expectation that each NQT will have the majority of Strand B completed, e.g. Cluster Meetings and/or Professional Learning Activities. As new entrants to the profession, the Council advises that NQTs should participate further in a range of additional professional learning activities (including online Induction Workshops, webinars etc.) in order to address any shortfall in Strand B.


NQTs will fall into one of three groups:

Group 1:  

All NQTs who completed the Droichead process (Strand A and Strand B) on or before 12 March 2020 should submit a completed Form D.  

Group 2:  

Any NQT who has engaged in the Droichead process for the required minimum time and has completed Strand A (school-based) but may not have completed Strand B (additional professional learning activities), may submit a completed Form D. It is anticipated that all NQTs will have engaged in elements of Strand B.  

It is the Council’s expectation that each NQT will have the majority of Strand B completed, e.g. Cluster Meetings and/or Professional Learning Activities. As new entrants to the profession, the Council advises that NQTs should participate further in a range of additional professional learning activities (including online Induction Workshops, webinars etc.) in order to address any shortfall in Strand B.

Group 3:  

Any NQT who commenced the Droichead process but has not completed Strand A (school-based) may bank the time and complete the balance of time at a future date. NQTs should submit Form D highlighting the time completed up to the end of the school year 2019 / 2020. This will be banked and will allow the NQT to re-apply to complete the balance of time in the future.  

  

Please note:  

  1. Where an NQT secures a contract/offer of employment for the balance of time, he/she may complete the outstanding elements of the process. 
  2. The outstanding elements must be completed in an eligible setting but may be completed in a different setting or school to where the original process commenced.  
  3. A time gap between the time banked and the completion of Droichead will not be counted as a break in service for this arrangement. 
  4. NQTs whose period of registration with conditions is due to expire, must apply for, and will be granted an extension.

    Guidance on the completion of Form D is available on the Teaching Council’s website www.teachingcouncil.ie and on the NIPT website www.teacherinduction.ie. Form Ds can be submitted by email to conditions@teachingcouncil.ie or by post and will be queued for processing.  

    Professional Support Team members (PSTs)

    Form D must be completed by the NQT and signed by the PST team in the manner. This year PST members who have fully completed days 1 and 2 of their training but have yet to conclude days 3 and 4 of the PST training may sign the form. Where only one PST member is currently available, the NIPT should be contacted for advice at droicheadinterimmeasures@teacherinduction.ie

    Guidelines for PSTs can be found on the Teaching Council website www.teachingcouncil.ie and the NIPT website www.teacherinduction.ie.

FAQs – Droichead Interim Measures 2019/2020 (Covid 19)

For further information on completing Droichead and submitting your Form D to the Teaching Council please click here.

Post-qualification Professional Practice Conditions: Quick Guides

Upon registration with the Teaching Council, post-qualification professional practice conditions are generally applied to Primary and Post-primary Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). These conditions include Droichead, and in some exceptional circumstances the legacy Traditional Processes of Post-qualification employment (PQE) and the Induction Workshop Programme.  It is important to note that from the 2020/2021 academic year, Droichead will be the only route of induction for all Primary and Post-primary teachers.  Full information regarding these conditions are contained in the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria, however the Council has also prepared  ‘Quick Guides’ to these conditions.

Post-qualification Professional Practice Conditions: Quick Guides

  1. Droichead – A Quick Guide (Primary and Post-primary)
  2. Post Qualification, Professional Professional Practice Conditions Legacy Guide
  3. Timelines for Growth Phase of Droichead

Expiring Conditions/Renewals

Should you renew your registration while continuing to hold expiring conditions, you will lapse from the Register of Teachers unless you address this separately with the Council.

Granting Full registration to teachers that have been probated in a restricted setting

Teachers registered under Regulation Two (Primary), who have previously been probated in a restricted setting may be eligible to apply for full registration in that sector subject to specific criteria.

Droichead and movement between schools

Droichead is the new integrated process for addressing post-qualification professional practice conditions. From the 2020/2021 academic year, Droichead will be the only route of induction for all Primary and Post-primary teachers. For more information in relation to Droichead please click here.

The Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria document sets out the Council's requirements for newly registered teachers who need to fulfil one or more post-qualification registration conditions in Ireland, which includes Droichead, and in some exceptional circumstances the legacy Traditional Processes of Post-qualification employment (PQE) and the Induction Workshop Programme and can be found in the following link:

Droichead Information

Droichead is the new integrated process for addressing post-qualification professional practice conditions and is the only route of induction for all primary and post-primary teachers registered from 1 June 2020. For more information in relation to Droichead please click here.

Form D Primary

Form D Post Primary

Transitionary arrangements have been published to give guidance to primary and post-primary teachers who registered with conditions prior to 1 June 2016 and who commenced fulfilling their post-qualification practice conditions during the pilot phase of Droichead; who registered with the traditional conditions of Probation, PQE and Induction Workshop Programme on and after 1 June 2016 and prior to 1 June 2020;  who registered with the condition of Droichead on and after 1 June 2020; who commenced Droichead and Probation during 2019/2020 but due to the Covid-19 outbreak were unable to complete the process.

Please note that additional information regarding Droichead may be found in the FAQ section of this website.

Induction Workshop Programme

Teachers who previously completed Probation or Post Qualification Employment (PQE) and who have the Induction Workshops outstanding on their registration are required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme.

It is important to note that teachers who registered on or after the 1 June 2020 must complete Droichead and completion of the Induction Workshop Programme will not impact registration. They may however choose to complete the programme for continued professional development (CPD) purposes. 

From September 2012, teachers are required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme if they are undergoing the probationary or PQE processes. In addition, all other teachers who apply for registration from 02 July 2012 under Route 1 (Primary), Route 2 (Post-primary) and Route 4 (Other), are required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme provided that they have not previously:

  • met the requirements of Post-Qualification Employment (PQE) (Post-primary) prior to 2 July 2012
  • met the requirements of Probation (Primary) prior to 2 July 2012 or
  • completed a recognised and comparable induction programme in another country

From the 2016/2017 academic year, teachers who commence Droichead are not required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme as the condition of Induction is fulfilled as part of the integrated Droichead process. The condition of Induction is removed when the completed Droichead Form D is submitted.

Probation

As and from September 2020 Droichead is the only route of induction for all primary NQTs. The traditional process of Probation is no longer available. Please see the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria 2020/2021 for detailed information on this legacy option.

The probationary process  involved a minimum teaching service requirement (100 days) and incidental visits from a Department of Education and Skills Inspector, who prepared a report on the suitability of the teacher.

Teachers who began service on or after September 1st, 2010, should notify the Teaching Council once they have completed the required service requirement and have received a satisfactory report from the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate. On fulfilling this condition by completing the service and competence requirements of the probationary process, registrants should complete Form C and return it to the Teaching Council.

Teachers previously probated in a restricted setting

Teachers registered under Regulation Two/Route 1 (Primary), who have previously been probated or have completed Droichead (prior to September 2016) in a restricted setting may be eligible to apply for full registration in that sector subject to meeting the requirements set out in this section.

This policy came into effect from 1 September 2016.

In order to be eligible the:

  • teacher must be registered under Regulation Two (Primary) of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations and registered under Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act
  • only remaining conditions on the teacher’s registration must be Probation/Droichead in a mainstream setting
  • teacher is/has been working in a special education setting and carrying out teaching roles that meet the criteria and service requirement below.

The following criteria must be met:

  • The teacher is/was teaching the full primary school curriculum which has been modified in line with the guidelines as set out by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).
  • The teacher is/was teaching a class of a minimum size of six students on a fulltime basis for the entire day.
  • The teacher is/was fully responsible for the learning of students and has responsibilities comparable to those of a mainstream class teacher.

The teacher must meet the service requirements set out below:

  • Teaching service of not less than 50 consecutive days in the same class which meets the criteria is required
  • This service must be in addition to any service requirement for Probation/Droichead
  • Please note that teaching service in a mainstream setting is also acceptable.

Probation in Other Jurisdictions

Currently, all teachers qualified outside Ireland and who wish to achieve full registration with the Teaching Council must complete the probationary process. An exception is made where an applicant for registration has completed a period of induction/probation in the State where he/she qualified. The applicant must provide the Council with evidence of a satisfactory period of overseas induction/probation.

Where a teacher has completed a probationary period in another jurisdiction, he/she may apply to the Teaching Council to have this recognized as satisfying the condition of probation. Teaching service in state-inspected primary schools outside Ireland may also be considered towards the service requirement.

Timeframe

All new registrants have a period of three years from their date of registration, to meet the requirements of any condition.

Important Note for persons commencing initial teacher education outside Ireland and within the EEA from 1 January 2011

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

From 1 January 2011, persons commencing a programme of initial teacher education outside Ireland and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under the mobility rights (for workers) of Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries), must have full registration from the country in which they completed the programme of initial teacher education. Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation in that country. In effect, if probation/induction is a requirement for the purpose of gaining full registration in that State, a teacher will not gain mobility rights under the terms of the Directive until the requirement is met. Generally, such a teacher will be deemed exempt from the probationary period in Ireland. From September 2010, the Teaching Council is the body that processes applications for exemptions from probation.

Post-Qualification Employment (PQE)

For Post-primary teachers registered prior to 1 June 2020 post-qualification employment (PQE) may be an option in certain limited circumstances as set out in the Transitionary Arrangements 2020/2021. For all other circumstances and teachers registered on or after 1 June 2020, Droichead is the only route of induction.

Post-Qualification Employment involves providing evidence of 300 hours' teaching experience in a recognised school, which is verified and signed by the school principal. This involves a minimum of 200 hours teaching a recognised post-primary curricular subject or guidance counselling to a designated class on the school's timetable. Up to 100 hours of the approved teaching may be carried out in a learning support, special needs, language support role or other timetabled activity.  Please see the service requirement section of the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria 2020/2021 for detailed information on the additional measures that have been introduced to provide flexibility where the nature of service does not meet the requirements set out above.

On fulfilling this condition, registrants should complete Form B, have it signed and stamped by the School Principal and return it to the Teaching Council.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to meet this requirement.

PQE/Probation in Other Jurisdictions

Currently, all teachers who qualified outside Ireland and who wish to achieve full registration with the Teaching Council must complete the probationary process equivalent to PQE. An exception is made where an applicant for registration has completed a period of induction/probation in the State where he/she qualified. The applicant must provide the Council with evidence of a satisfactory period of overseas induction/probation.

Where a teacher has completed the probationary process equivalent to PQE in another jurisdiction, he/she may apply to the Teaching Council to have this recognised as satisfying the condition of PQE. Teaching service in state-inspected post-primary schools outside Ireland may also be considered towards the service requirement.

Important Note for persons commencing initial teacher education outside Ireland and within the EEA from 1 January 2011

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

From 1 January 2011, persons commencing a programme of initial teacher education outside Ireland and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under the mobility rights (for workers) of Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries), must have full registration from the country in which they completed the programme of initial teacher education. Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation in that country. In effect, if probation/induction is a requirement for the purpose of gaining full registration in that State, a teacher will not gain mobility rights under the terms of the Directive until the requirement is met. Generally, such a teacher will be deemed exempt from the probationary period in Ireland. From September 2010, the Teaching Council is the body that processes applications for exemptions from probation.

Irish Language Requirement (ILR)

Where an applicant for registration as a primary teacher has completed a programme of teacher education outside Ireland, an Irish Language Requirement (ILR) condition normally applies to his/her registration. The applicant can either complete an Aptitude Test (SCG – An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge) or an Adaptation Period (OCG – Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge), which confirms the applicant's competence to teach the Irish language as well as a range of primary school curricular subjects through the medium of Irish. Conditional registration is granted to those in the process of completing this requirement.

Both the SCG (Aptitude Test) and OCG (Adaptation Period) are administered by Institiúid Oideachais Marino, Dublin 9. For full information visit www.ilrweb.ie.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to satisfy this condition.

In some circumstances, a registered teacher will be required to satisfy one condition before satisfying a second. For example, this applies to primary teachers who must address a shortfall in the Irish language requirement before beginning the probationary process. In such cases, the period set for completing the second shortfall does not begin until the first condition has been met.

Qualification Shortfalls (QS)

Where an applicant (who is deemed fully qualified as a teacher in another EU Member State) falls short of the required qualifications for registration in Ireland, they may be registered on condition that they rectify the shortfall(s) within a specified period, usually not exceeding three years from the date of registration. This policy is consistent with European Directive 2005/36/EC, transposed into Irish Law in Statutory Instrument Number 139 of 2008.

Qualification shortfalls may be identified in undergraduate and/or teaching qualifications and may include shortfalls in curricular subject knowledge; foundation studies in education; subject teaching methodologies; teaching practice; and knowledge of the history and structure of the Irish education system.

The Council normally grants conditional registration due to qualification shortfalls where an applicant has been fully recognised as a teacher in another jurisdiction. It does not grant conditional registration to applicants who have partially completed a qualification; or who have not previously been recognised as teachers, who have an obvious qualification shortfall at the time of applying. This policy is consistent with European Directive 2005/36/EC.

Qualification shortfalls are notified to the applicant when they complete the registration process. The conditions imposed and their respective expiry dates are recorded on the register and on the letter confirming registration.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to satisfy this condition.

In some circumstances, a registered teacher will be required to satisfy one condition before satisfying a second. For example, this applies to primary teachers who must address a shortfall in early year primary teaching before beginning the probationary process. In such cases, the period set for completing the second shortfall does not begin until the first condition has been met.

History & Structure Examination (H&S)

Where an applicant for registration as a Post-Primary teacher has completed a programme of teacher education outside of the Republic of Ireland, they are required to gain a knowledge and understanding of the history and structure of the Irish education system. They can do this by successfully completing an Aptitude Test (facilitated by the Teaching Council) or an Adaptation Period in the History and Structure of the Irish Education System. Further information is available here.

Online Aptitude Test – August 2020:

The deadline for receipt of bookings for the August online assessment is now closed.

Online Aptitude Test – November 2020:

If you would like to register your interest in taking the online assessment in November 2020, please email historyandstructure@teachingcouncil.ie and quote your name and Teaching Council Registration Number. You will then be notified when online arrangements have been made.

Registration Condition Appeals

An applicant who has had a registration condition imposed may request a review of the Council’s decision.

Should the review not overturn the decision of the Council to apply conditions, an applicant may apply to the High Court for an annulment of the decision, under section 31(8) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001.

Conditional Registration Extension Requests

If a registered teacher is unable to complete the requirements of a registration condition within the specified period, he or she may apply to the Council for an extension. This application must be made in the year in which the specified period is due to expire. The teacher must outline the difficulties and/or extenuating circumstances preventing the completion of the required measures in the time specified. The Council will consider such requests in the context of the nature of the registration condition, the progress made to date and the work that remains to be completed. Every application for an extension is evaluated on its own merits. Extensions are typically granted for the following reasons:

  • a prolonged illness which prevents a teacher from working; or a serious illness of a close relative for whom the teacher has acted as a carer
  • bereavement involving the death of family members or dependents
  • maternity, paternity, adoptive or unpaid leave has been granted
  • a teacher has not secured employment necessary to meet a condition
  • long-term foreign travel or employment outside Ireland

The teacher may apply for an extension by completing the Extension Request Form EXT-01. Documentary evidence will be required as outlined on the reverse of the form. The Director or his/her nominee will consider the application for an extension. If an application is refused, an applicant can appeal the decision. This appeal will be considered by the Registration Committee of the Council.

Overseas Induction

If you have completed a formal Induction process in another country, you are required to apply to the Teaching Council for the assessment of that process to determine eligibility for recognition in Ireland. Please click on the link below for the Overseas Induction Assessment Criteria.

Lapsed Registrations & Re-admissions

Lapsed registrations: failure to meet a registration condition within the specified period

If a registered teacher fails to fulfill the requirements of a registration condition in the specified period and has not requested or been granted an extension, the registration will lapse. It is the responsibility of a teacher to inform the Teaching Council before the expiry date, when the requirements of the condition have been satisfied, otherwise the registration will lapse.

Re-admission to the register following lapse of registration

If a teacher whose registration has lapsed wishes to be readmitted to the register, the provisions of section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act will apply. This may involve submitting an application form, transcripts, evidence of character documentation and other supporting documentation. The original requirements of the condition will also have to be met.

Where a teacher registered with conditions voluntarily leaves the register and later seeks readmission, that teacher will be allowed the balance of the period originally granted to meet the requirements of the conditions.