Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) in Ireland

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Registration Process 2021

Each year the Council offers a priority registration process to Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) - the NQT fast track registration. Given the current climate with Covid–19 and associated working restrictions, elements of the NQT registration process for 2021 have been modified. Registration of 2021 summer graduates remains a priority area for the Council. It is the Council’s intention to communicate with all graduates by email rather than post for this process.

Please find a short presentation on the NQT 2021 process below:

The NQT registration process for 2021 is as follows:


Step 1 –Vetting (Modified vetting process for NQTs 2021 only)

If you are already registered with the Teaching Council you do not need to re-apply for vetting for registration purposes.  Please proceed to Step 2.

Please follow the guidelines carefully as applications / documents not correctly submitted will cause delays for everyone and cannot be processed.

  1. Complete the online vetting application at Guide to applying for Vetting.
  2. Print the completed NVB Form1 and sign the form in dark pen. Forms that do not have a signature will be rejected.
  3. Scan or take a photo of the signed Form along with the required proof of identity and proof of address. Double check that your name and address is consistent on the documents and the documents are dated appropriately.
  4. Attach the three documents to a single email and send them to Please do not send them individually as they will be regarded as an incomplete application and rejected. Please use the email that you will be using for the transfer of your final results (see below).
  5. In the Subject of the email type:

a) Your vetting application number (the number at the top of your printed and signed NVB1 form. This is not a Teaching Council Registration Number.),

b) Your name, and,

c) NQT 2021 e.g. (3456789 Joe Bloggs NQT 2021).

If you do not complete as requested this may cause delays.

  1. Student teachers who have lived overseas for a cumulative period of more than 36 months after the age of 18 will also be required to provide police clearance for each jurisdiction they have lived in. Further information is available at Overseas Police Clearance.

Who needs to do this process?

Student Teachers who have not yet applied for Garda Vetting.

  • Student teachers who have fully completed the Two Stage vetting application process need take no further action (unless they are required to provide Overseas Police Clearance).
  • Student teachers who have already received a vetting Disclosure via the Teaching Council need take no further action (unless they are required to provide Overseas Police Clearance).

Remember: The Teaching Council can only accept vetting carried out by the Council for registration purposes. Vetting via another body such as a sports club or voluntary organisation cannot be accepted and will delay your registration.


Step 2 – Consent for transfer of student details from the HEI

In previous years students gave consent to their college/university to transfer their final results to The Teaching Council by completing a consent form (pink form). As part of the change to the NQT registration process this year, the Council needs to communicate directly with applicants by email, and possibly telephone, rather than post. Colleges/Universities are contacting students to ask them to provide a consent to transfer contact details including email, contact telephone number, and final exam results to the Council. When contacted please follow the HEI’s instructions and submit the consent in the format requested.


a) If you do not consent to this process, your final results will not be transferred to the Council for the fast-track registration process and you will have to apply via the standard application process.

b) Please ensure that the email address you provide is the same as the one provided for vetting.


Step 3 – Character Reference

As part of the registration process, the Council must be satisfied that all applicants for registration are fit and proper persons to be admitted onto the Register of Teachers. This is a legal requirement set out in the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015. The Council normally requests that an individual character reference is submitted with each application for registration.

Having reviewed our processes and taking into account that it may not be possible to get the required signatures, the Council has asked the colleges/universities to provide a character reference for NQT applicants as part of the transfer of results process. Should a college/university decline to provide such a reference for an applicant they will notify the applicant and the Council so that alternative arrangements can be considered. This will happen automatically, and applicants do not need to do anything.


Step 4 – Registration

Provided you have granted consent (Step 2) to your college/university, your personal details and final results will be transferred to the Teaching Council on successful completion of your teacher education qualification.

On receipt of this information the Council can commence the registration process. We kindly ask that you do not contact the Council for status reports during the registration process as this will delay the processing of all registrations.


Already Registered with the Council 

If you are already registered with the Council under another route, you do not have to do anything now with the exception of Language students (see Residency & Linguistic Competence Requirements below). We will be in contact with you if we require further information. Otherwise, your registration will be updated, and the Council will issue a revised Certificate of Registration. You will receive an email when complete. Please note your registration number will not change and there is no requirement to submit an additional registration fee or to re-apply for Garda vetting (for registration purposes).

If you are registering as a Newly Qualified Teacher under the Post-primary route your registration under the Further Education route will be removed before 01 October 2021. If you wish to retain this route please confirm by email quoting your registration number before this date.


Registering for the first time

If you are registering for the first time it is important to submit the required documentation to avoid any delay in registration. Please refer to requirements below:

Academic Transcripts 

You are required to submit full academic transcripts for your undergraduate qualification in the following scenarios: 

  1. If you have completed a consecutive Post-primary teacher education qualification (Professional Masters of Education (PME)) and did not partake in the PME Verification project in your first year of your qualification. 
  2. You have completed a consecutive Primary teacher education qualification (Professional Masters of Education).  

Please submit a copy of your transcripts (after you have received confirmation from the Council that your details have been received from your course provider) to quoting your full name, your course provider, and NQT 2021 Qual Transcripts in the subject heading.


Completion of declarations and payment request 

You will receive a request by email to complete a set of standard registration declarations and submit the registration fee of €90 online. Please check your email for this instruction and respond promptly. Please note you will have ten days to complete this request from date of issue, non-response will deem your fast track application for registration to be null and void. 


Issuing your Certificate of Registration  

When your registration is finalised you will receive an email issuing a Certificate of Registration through our online “My Registration” facility. You will also be able to update your contact details and renew your registration annually.  Please keep a note of your anniversary date and renew on time to maintain your registration.  

You can access full details in relation to registration and conditions in the Registration handbook. This also includes full details in relation to the condition of Droichead.


Residency Requirements and Linguistic Competence

2021 Graduates of Initial Teacher Education programmes in Ireland

In light of the emergency measures adopted in relation to Covid-19, the following changes have been introduced for graduates of Initial Teacher Education programmes (Post Primary) in summer 2021. 


Residency Requirement

The residency requirements for Post-primary languages (including Gaeilge) is a period of 8 weeks. Evidence of verifiable residential experience in the country of the language or where the language is the vernacular (spoken language) must be supplied. This may be evidenced on your academic transcript of results or by submitting one of the following:

  • A copy of your transcript of results which confirms residency of 2 months in the country/area for the majority of languages. Please note if the transcript states “Off Campus/Erasmus Programme” and does not confirm the programme was undertaken in a specific country, this must be confirmed in an accompanying letter from the relevant Higher Education Institution.  
  • A copy of your passport evidencing that you are a native of that country. N.B. This is not acceptable for the subject of Irish/ Gaeilge.
  • A letter/statement from your employer/college/landlord in that country. In the case of employer/landlord, contact details such as a phone number and an email address is required. For the subject of Irish/Gaeilge, this should evidence residency in a Gaeltacht area.
  • For the subject of Irish/Gaeilge, evidence that you are a native of a Gaeltacht area may be submitted (e.g. utility bill, financial statement, electoral register correspondence or evidence that your family was in receipt of the Scéim Labhairt na Gaeilge (SLG) grant for Gaeltacht families) or a letter/statement from a Gaelcholaiste confirming that you attended a Post-primary Gaelcholáiste to Leaving Certificate level.

If you are graduating this summer as a Post-primary language teacher then please submit evidence of your residency requirement and/or Gaeltacht placement. Where you have not fully met the requirement, the Council will consider your case and contact you with your options. Conditional registration will be afforded to graduates requiring the fulfilment of the outstanding balance of time within 1 year from the date of registration. Extensions to this time may be applied under the standard extension request process. This will be kept in place for all 2021 graduate teachers registering up until 31 December 2021.


Linguistic Competence 

Applicants must also demonstrate linguistic competence in the language. This can be evidenced by providing one of the following: 

  • A copy of your passport evidencing that you are a native of that country.
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcripts of results which explicitly state that you have achieved a minimum level of B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • A statement from your Higher Education Institution where you completed your degree explicitly stating you have achieved a minimum level of B2 on CEFR.
  • A statement from an independent language competence test showing a minimum level of B2 on the CEFR.
  • In the case of Gaeilge/Irish, evidence that you are a native of a Gaeltacht area by submitting a utility bill, financial statement, electoral correspondence or evidence that your family was in receipt of the Scéim Labhairt na Gaeilge (SLG) grant for Gaeltacht families.