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Primary and post-primary registration

If you are currently registered, you do not need to re-apply for vetting for registration; skip to Step 2 below.

If you need to be vetted, please follow the four steps below.

Step 1 – Vetting 

How to be vetted as a NQT

  1. Create a NQT account
  2. Complete the NQT Vetting application

(Only NQTs in Ireland can use these links.)

You must upload proof of identity and proof of address as part of the process.

If you have lived outside Ireland for a cumulative period of more than 12 months after the age of 18,  you must provide police clearance for each country you have lived in.

We can only accept vetting carried out by the Teaching Council for registration.

If your vetting is from another body such as a sports club or voluntary organisation, we cannot accept it.

Your course provider will contact you for your consent to transfer your details to the Teaching Council. This will include personal and academic information for example name, PPS number, contact details, qualification details and results.

Please follow your course provider’s instructions and provide your consent.

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

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

Step 3 – Character reference 

We must check that all applicants are fit and proper persons to be admitted to the Register of Teachers.

For the fast-track process, the Council receives a bulk character reference for NQT applicants as part of the transfer of results from the course provider. This will happen automatically and you do not need to do anything.

If a course provider declines to provide a reference, the course provider will notify the applicant and we will make other arrangements.

Step 4 – Registration 

If you granted consent (Step 2) to your course provider,  we will receive your personal details and final results when you complete your teacher education qualification.

We will email you a secure link to complete your NQT registration application online.

Please do not contact us for status reports during the registration process as this will delay the processing of all registrations.

Documents to upload

If you are registering for the first time, please upload the required documents when making your registration application to avoid any delays.

Academic transcripts

You must submit full academic transcripts (all years and result confirmed) for your undergraduate qualification if you are in either of the following situations:

  • You completed a consecutive post-primary teacher education qualification (Professional Masters of Education (PME)) and did not do the PME Verification project in your first year.
  • You completed a consecutive primary teacher education qualification (PME).

If you are currently registered with the Council 

If you are already registered with the Council under another route, you will still need to complete Step 2 above (Consent for transfer of your details to the Council).

Your registration number stays the same.

You do not need to:

  • Submit an additional registration fee
  • Re-apply for vetting

We will email you a secure link to complete your NQT registration online.

If you are currently registered under Route 3 Further Education

If you are registering as a NQT under the post-primary route, your registration in the Further Education route will be removed.

If you wish to keep this route, please email with your registration number before 30 August. 

Receiving your certificate through My Registration

When your registration is finalised, you will receive an email advising that you can access your Certificate of Registration by logging into “My Registration” on the Teaching Council website.

You can update your contact details and renew your registration online annually.

Please make 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 you will receive when you register. This also includes full details in relation to the conditions of Droichead.

Curricular Language Subjects (including Irish) 

Immersive Educational Experience (IEE)

If you are applying to register to  teach a language subject and/ or Irish, you must submit evidence of an Immersive Educational Experience (IEE) in the language applied for of at least four weeks duration.

You can do your IEE in two blocks, both which must be at least two weeks duration.

One of these blocks must be in a setting where the language is the native or vernacular language of the region or country.

Your IEE must be one of the following:

  • Attending a language course
  • Working as a staff member in an educational setting
  • Carrying out an action research project relevant to your teaching studies
  • Engaging in school placement

You can read our guidance note on IEE for further information.

Evidence of linguistic competence

You must provide evidence of your competence in the language. You can show this by providing evidence of either:

  • Achieving a B2.2 or above on the Common  European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)  (or equivalent) from your university or college
  • A certification of achieving level B2.2 from an independent language competency test.

Further Education Registration

To apply for registration as a Further Education teacher, you must apply via My Registration.

You must also complete the vetting process. You  can save your application and return to it.

You have three months from when you start to complete your application.

If you don’t complete you application within three months, it will be deleted.

Before you start your application, please have the following information to hand:

  • Photos or scans of academic transcript. Module descriptors may also be required where transcripts are not sufficiently detailed
  • Photos or scans of acceptable proof of ID and proof of address
  • Employment contact details
  • Employment history
  • Completed Fit and Proper Person assessment form

To qualify as a Further Education teacher, you must have both 1 and 2 below.

  1. An Honours Bachelor’s Degree at Level 8 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) which has a ECTS credit weighting of at least 180 credits


  1. An Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree at Level 7 on the NFQ which has a ECTS credit weighting of at least 180 credits and either:An appropriate additional qualification
    a minimum of three years’ experience in a workplace or instructional setting which is relevant to the qualification(s)
  2. A Teaching Council accredited Further Education teacher education qualification (TEQ).

If you do not have a TEQ

If you have the required degree qualification but have not completed an accredited TEQ, you can be registered with condition for three years.

In this this time, you must complete your TEQ.

View a list of accredited programmes.

Please refer to the Guidance notes before starting your application.

Relevant legislation

This qualification process for applicants for registration for Further Education (Route 3) is in line with: