Newly Qualified Teachers

How do I register when I successfully complete my teacher education programme?

If you have completed a Consent Form (provided when the Teaching Council visited your course provider), your contact and qualification details will be transferred from your college or university to the Teaching Council. You will then be issued with a prepopulated registration application form for registration as a teacher. Please complete this form at your earliest opportunity and return it to the Teaching Council with the appropriate documentation where necessary. You must also ensure that you have completed the Vetting process.

Information about the registration process for newly qualified teachers is available here.

Do I have to submit my transcripts?

It will be stated on your registration application form for registration as a teacher if you are required to provide photocopies of your qualification transcripts. The Council will also accept the website address and login details where your academic records can be verified online (e.g. Digitary). If you wish to allow the Teaching Council to view your qualification records online, you must arrange the appropriate access permissions/ document share setting for your qualification documents. Access through your personal student login area cannot be accepted.

Please note that there is often a delay during summer months in obtaining transcripts from colleges or universities and it is advised that you have the transcripts of each year of your undergraduate degree qualification to hand when submitting your registration application form.

I have been notified of a shortfall in my undergraduate qualification as a result of the PME Verification process. What do I need to submit?

In order to register under Route 2 (Post-Primary) of the Teaching Council Registration Regulations 2016 it is a requirement that you meet the requirements for at least one post-primary curricular subject.

If you have been notified of a shortfall, e.g. credit shortfall, language residency requirement, linguistic competency requirement, you are required to submit evidence of completion when submitting your registration application form if not previously submitted. Please note that where you do not hold at least one approved subject, registration cannot be finalised until this evidence is received. If you have been approved for at least one subject and have been notified of a shortfall in an additional subject, your application will be processed with the approved subject(s) only until evidence of completion of the shortfall(s) is received.

What must I do when I obtain a teaching position?

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) or Education and Training Board (ETB) previously known as VEC) require your Teaching Council registration number. You should be registered and have proof of both your registration and Vetting when seeking a teaching position. Further details on teacher recruitment, registration and qualifications are provided by the Department of Education and Skills in the Department of Education and Skills (

How long does the Vetting Process take?

The vetting application process consists of a number of steps, which are explained in the Guide to Applying for Vetting

On receipt of correctly completed forms with the required certified copies of identification, at present approximately 80% of Vetting applications are returned within 7 – 10 working days.

We advise that you complete the Vetting process as soon as possible as application volumes increase during the summer months and the process may take longer.

I have been Vetted through the GAA/ School/ College etc. Do I need to complete vetting?

Yes. The Teaching Council is the authorised body for administering vetting for teachers in Ireland and is required to assess a vetting disclosure for suitability for registration. Only vetting carried out via the Council can be accepted for registration.

Can I be registered without having completed the vetting process?

No. Vetting is a requirement of registration. A teacher will not be registered without successful completion of Vetting. For registration purposes all teachers must apply for Vetting via the Teaching Council.

Do I need to include my address during my time spent in college on the Vetting Application Form?

Yes. All addresses where you resided for more than three months must be included in your Vetting application.

How will I know when the Vetting process is complete?

Teachers can check the status of a vetting application by using the vetting application number and logging on to the National Vetting Bureau website.

When the Vetting process is complete, you will:

- receive an email from the National Vetting Bureau stating that your Vetting disclosure has been issued to the Teaching Council

- receive an email from the Teaching Council containing a link to your Vetting disclosure once it has been processed

- be required to log in or create an account with Digitary*to view your disclosure.

*Digitary is the Teaching Council's online solution that teachers will use to receive their Vetting disclosure.

Is there a fee for registration?

Yes. The initial application fee for registration is €90. The annual registration renewal fee thereafter is €65.

How will I know when I am registered?

You will receive a Certificate of Registration, a comprehensive  Registration Handbook and a copy of the Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers.

What happens if I have to complete supplemental (repeat) examinations?

If your details are not transferred to the Teaching Council in the summer months due to incomplete results or where supplemental (repeat) exams are necessary, you will be required to download a standard application form for registration. The form may be submitted following the successful completion of any supplemental examinations. The form must be accompanied by the required documentation outlined on the application form. Please note you will not receive a reminder to register from the Teaching Council if you are sitting repeat/ supplemental examinations.

I am already registered with the Teaching Council. Do I need to do anything?

Graduates should return the completed NQT application form for registration quoting your existing registration number. The Council will update the Register accordingly.

I am out of the country and will not be home before the deadline date that is on the application form?

In order to be registered before the start of the school year, NQTs should return their application, completed in full and accompanied by the requested documentation (if applicable) by the deadline published on their application form. The Council will accept NQT applications after this date for a short period usually 4-6 weeks but cannot guarantee registration for the beginning of the school year.

How do I apply as an NQT to commence the Droichead process?

Click here to access My Registration Login when you can apply to commence the Droichead process. To find out more about Droichead click here.

I am a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) but I am already registered with the Teaching Council under FE; how do I register under Primary or Post-primary?

All final year students are given a registration pack outlining the fast-track process for registration as an NQT.

If you are already FE registered, you still need to complete part of the NQT application process to update your registration to Primary or Post-primary. If you have not done so, please submit the pink consent form to your university immediately to allow the transfer of your teaching qualification to the Council after the exam boards.

You will then be issued a pre-populated NQT Registration Application Form. Please return this form in order to change your registration. You should write your registration number on the front page of the form.

For more information on registration, please click here.

I am a Newly Qualified Teacher and I have sent in my application for registration. When should I apply for NVB vetting?

You need to apply immediately, you cannot be registered without a NVB vetting disclosure.

Click here for further information about NVB Vetting.

I am a Newly Qualified Teacher and I have submitted my application for registration. When should I expect to receive contact from the Teaching Council?

You will receive contact from the Teaching Council within an average of 8-10 working days from the date of receipt of the application form.