Qualified Outside of Ireland (Induction not Completed)

Covid-19 Amendment Regulation (CAR)

THE COVID-19 AMENDMENT REGULATION (CAR) APPLICATION PROCESS CLOSED AT 5 PM ON FRIDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2021.

In the context of Covid-19, the Council introduced a range of interventions to support teaching and school communities with the re-opening of schools and keeping them open during the 2020/2021 school year.

One of these interventions included an amendment regulation to enable some teachers who had qualified in another country, but had not completed induction, to register with the Teaching Council subject to a condition that they complete induction in Ireland.

The overriding goal in education for the school year 2021/2022 remains that of ensuring that schools re-open as fully as possible and stay open.

With regard to the ongoing pandemic, it is anticipated that having an adequate supply of registered teachers - to provide supervision and substitution cover - will remain an acute requirement to ensure that schools remain open in the event that teachers are unable to attend school, including for Covid-19 related reasons.

Therefore, the Council initiated the intervention of an amendment regulation again in 2021. On an emergency time-limited basis, from 14 June 2021, the Teaching Council will accept applications for registration from primary and post-primary teachers who have qualified outside of Ireland but who have not completed the required period of induction in the country in which they qualified. Applications are made in accordance with the Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2021: Route 1 (Primary) and Route 2 (Post-primary).

Applications under CAR will be accepted from Monday, 14 June 2021 until 5pm on Friday, 29 October 2021.

Requirements to apply for registration under CAR

Specific eligibility and qualification requirements must be met by applicants seeking to apply for registration under the Covid-19 Amendment Regulation (CAR). These requirements are:

1. Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent)

You must have qualified as a teacher outside of Ireland and gained Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent (completion of an accredited programme of initial teacher education) in the country in which you qualified. However, you have not completed the statutory period of induction required in the country in which you have qualified.

Evidence of Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent must be provided from the competent authority in the country that you have completed your qualification (e.g. Teaching Council equivalent body/ Department/Ministry of Education).

2(a) Qualification Requirements – Primary Applicants

If applying for Primary registration, you must have:

• a primary teacher education qualification aimed at 4 to 12-year-olds which is comparable to the standard of Irish graduates, save for the Irish language requirement (ILR) (which will be applied as a condition to your registration).

2(b) Qualification Requirements - Post-Primary Applicants

If applying for Post-primary registration you must have:

• a Post-primary teacher education qualification aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds which is comparable to the standard of Irish graduates, save for the History and Structure of the Irish Education system (which will be a condition attached to your registration)

and

• meet the requirements for at least one curricular subject.

Curricular Subject Requirement

In relation to the curricular subject requirement, you must refer to the Council’s Curricular Subject Requirements (Post-Primary). As part of your application you will be required to fill in a CAR-Subject Declaration Form (SDF) outlining how you meet the requirement for at least one subject as part of your application.

You will be registered for the curricular subject(s) for which your qualification(s) meet the requirements in full. If your qualification(s) do not fully meet the requirements for any curricular subject, you may be registered for the subject for which your qualification(s) is closest to meeting requirements (subject to conditions) as determined by the Council.

How to apply under CAR

As of 14 October 2021, the Teaching Council has moved to an online application system. However, please note that applications for registration under the Covid-19 Amended Regulation (CAR) will continue to be made via the application form available for download below until the deadline of the 29 October 2021.

  • Applications will open on Monday, 14 June 2021.
  • Download and complete the CAR-01 (Covid-19 Amended Regulation) application form, available to download here.
  • CAR-SDF: Post-primary applicants must also download and complete a CAR -SDF (Subject Declaration Form) for the subject for which they are applying for registration.
  • An invitation to apply for Vetting with the Teaching Council (a registration requirement) will be sent to you when your application is received.
  • All queries should be directed to car@teachingcouncil.ie.
  • The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 29 October 2021.

 

Vetting

Vetting is a registration requirement. Only Vetting that is carried out via the Teaching Council will be accepted for the purposes of registration. The Council will process your application on receipt of a satisfactory vetting result from the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) and the fulfilment of any overseas police clearance requirements (if applicable).

When an application under the CAR regulation is received, a vetting invitation form will be sent to the applicant to commence the vetting process.

 

Overseas Police Clearance

If you have lived outside of Ireland or Northern Ireland for a cumulative period of three years (36 months) or more after the age of 18 you will need to provide a photocopy of your police clearance for each country in which you have resided.

Employment

Once registered, teachers are eligible to seek employment through online platforms such as www.educationposts.ie, www.publicjobs.ie, individual ETB websites, or by contacting schools in the locality.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I qualified as a teacher outside of Ireland and gained Qualified Teacher Status. However, I did not complete the statutory period of induction required in the country in which I qualified. Can I apply for registration?

Due to the exceptional circumstances presented by the Covid-19 emergency, from 14 June to 29 October 2021, the Teaching Council will accept applications from Primary and Post-primary teachers who have qualified outside of Ireland but who have not completed the required period of induction in the country in which they qualified. Applications are made in accordance with the Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020: Route 1 (Primary) and Route 2 (Post-primary).

You must also meet certain qualification requirements in order to be eligible to apply under CAR. Please refer to FAQs 4 and 5 below.

Applications will be accepted from Monday, 14 June until 5pm on Friday, 29 October 2021.

2. What is Qualified Teacher Status?

Your application cannot be processed without evidence of Qualified Teacher Status/completion of an accredited programme of Primary or Post-primary initial teacher education in the country in which you qualified. This evidence can be obtained from the competent authority in the country that you have completed your qualification (e.g. Teaching Council equivalent body/ Department/Ministry of Education).

3. Will I have to complete induction in Ireland?

Yes, teachers who register in accordance with the Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020: Route 1 (Primary) and Route 2 (Post-Primary) will be registered with the condition of the completion of Induction. Droichead is the Teaching Council’s Integrated Professional Induction Framework in Ireland.

4. What qualification requirements must I meet in order to be eligible to apply under CAR for registration as a primary teacher?

If applying for Primary registration, you must have a Primary focused (4-12 years) teacher education qualification which is comparable to the standard of Irish graduates, save for the Irish language requirement (ILR). The ILR will be applied as a condition to your registration. Teachers may be registered on a conditional basis for a maximum of three years as this requirement is being fulfilled. Failure to address this condition will result in your registration lapsing.

4(a) How will I address the condition of the Irish Language Requirement?

The Irish Language Requirement (ILR) can be completed via an Aptitude test (The Scrudú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge which includes a period of attendance at the Gaeltacht) or via an Adaptation Period (Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge). More information is available at ilrweb.ie.

5. What qualification requirements must I meet in order to be eligible to apply under CAR as a post-primary teacher?

If applying for Post-primary registration you must have

  • a Post-primary focused (12-18 years) teacher education qualification which is equivalent to the standard of Irish graduates (save for the History and Structure of the Irish Education system which will be a condition attached to your registration), and meet the requirements for at least one curricular subject (for further information on curricular subject requirements see question 5b below.).

The History and Structure of the Irish Education System requirement will be applied as a condition to your registration. Teachers may be registered on a conditional basis for a maximum of three years as this requirement is being fulfilled. Failure to address this condition will result in your registration lapsing.

5(a) How do I address the History and Structure of the Irish Education System requirement?

The History and Structure of the Irish Education System (H&S) exam is organised twice yearly year by the Teaching Council. The exam is intended to assess whether applicants have a knowledge and understanding of the history and structure of education in the Republic of Ireland, particularly second level education, since the foundation of the State in 1922. Applicants should have an understanding of key issues relating to the control and management of post-primary schools and of curriculum and assessment at post-primary.

Click here for more information on the History and Structure of the Irish Education System requirement.

5(b) What curricular subject requirements must I meet for Route 2 (Post-primary) registration?

In order to register with the Teaching Council as a Post-primary teacher you must also meet the requirements for at least one Post-primary curricular subject. Before making an application you should refer to the Council’s Post-primary Curricular Subject Requirements. You must complete a Subject Declaration Form (CAR-SDF) for the subject(s) for which you are applying for registration and submit it with your application form. You will be registered for the curricular subject(s) for which you meet the requirements in full. If you do not meet the requirements in full for any subject you may be registered for the subject for which you are closest to meeting requirements (subject to conditions) as determined by the Council.

6. I qualified as a teacher outside of Ireland and also completed the statutory period of induction required in the country in which I qualified. How do I apply for registration?

Applicants who qualified out of State and did complete the statutory period of induction and applicants who qualified out of State where a period of induction is not required (e.g. Northern Ireland) must apply online under the Post-primary (PPQA) or Primary (PRQA) application options.