Registration is a mark of professional recognition as a teacher. It ensures that standards of entry to the profession are maintained. The registration of teachers is governed by Section 31 of the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015. The Council registers teachers under the Revised Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2016.

Teachers may apply for registration under the following routes of registration:

Route 1 - Primary

Route 2 - Post-primary

Route 3 - Further Education

Route 4 - Other

Route 5 - Student Teachers

The application process involves applying for registration online through My Registration. As part of the online application for registration you will be required to upload academic transcripts, proof of identity, evidence of character, other applicable documentary evidence and pay the application fee. All applicants must also undergo the Garda Vetting process which can be completed at the same time as an application for registration. Each application is assessed according to set criteria regarding qualifications and teaching experience, as well as evidence of character. Registration may be granted in full or with conditions, or refused. Applicants have the right to request a review of decision if they are unhappy with the outcome of the application process.

In Ireland, only teachers who have met the registration requirements of the Teaching Council are allowed to teach in state-recognised Primary and Post-Primary schools* and have their salaries paid from state funds. The Minister for Education and Skills, in accordance with Section 24 of the Education Act 1998, directs that school authorities, as employers, ensure that teachers proposed for appointment to teaching posts for which a salary grant is being sought, must be:

  1. Registered with the Teaching Council in accordance with Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001
  2. Have qualifications appropriate to the sector and suitable to the posts for which they are proposed.

The Department of Education and Skills have issued circular letters regarding teacher recruitment and vetting

*In accordance with Section 10 of the Education Act, 1998.