Teaching in Ireland

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authorities listed below.

Competent Authority

The Teaching Council of Ireland is the competent authority for the regulation of the teaching profession in Ireland.

The Minister for Education and Skills commenced Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001 on 28 January 2014. Section 30 makes it a requirement for teachers to register with the Teaching Council in order to be paid salary by the State.

Licensing Procedures

To work as a teacher in schools funded by the Department of Education & Skills in Ireland, service providers are required to be registered with the Teaching Council and have their qualifications approved by the authority. This is in accordance with the terms of EC 2005/36 and with EU case law on the Directives governing the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. Individuals must register directly with the Teaching Council to practice teaching on a stable and continuing basis in Ireland.

The requirements for an EU national seeking to practice in Ireland are that they hold a qualification entitling them to practice that same profession in another Member State i.e. is fully recognised under the terms of EU Directive 2005/36/EC. In principle mutual recognition of the qualification must be granted.

However where substantial differences/shortfalls are identified between the applicant’s qualifications and experience and those required in the Republic of Ireland, the competent authority may require that these differences /shortfalls be addressed by a compensatory measure – generally a choice between an aptitude test or an adaptation period (of supervised practice during which the applicant may be subject to further training and assessment). There are timeframes for responses set out in the EC Directive 2005/36 and in Statutory Instrument S.I. No 139 of 2008.

The application procedures are set out on the Council website. The process requires submission of an application form, along with transcripts, proof of identity, evidence of character, an application fee and where appropriate other documentary evidence to demonstrate eligibility for registration.

Applicants will also be asked to complete Garda Vetting/ Police Clearance in order to teach in Ireland.

Further information

If you are a teacher who is looking to provide services (register to teach) in Ireland, you may obtain further information in the following links of the Teaching Council of Ireland website below.


Contact details

Please find the contact details for the Teaching Council of Ireland in the link below.

Contact details

Tel: +353 1 651 7900

Email: info@teachingcouncil.ie