Newly Qualified Teachers

How do I register when I successfully complete my teacher education programme?

If you have completed a Consent Form, your contact and qualification details will be transferred from your college or university to the Teaching Council. You will then be issued with a NQT Application Form for Registration as a Teacher. Please complete this form at your earliest opportunity and return it to the Teaching Council with the appropriate documentation where necessary. You must also ensure that you have completed the Vetting process.

Information about the registration process for newly qualified teachers is available here.

Do I have to submit my transcripts?

It will be stated on your NQT Application Form for Registration as a Teacher if you are required to provide certified copies of your qualification transcripts. The Council will accept the website address and login details where your academic records can be verified online (e.g. Digitary). If you wish to allow the Teaching Council to view your qualification records online, you must arrange the appropriate access permissions/document share settings for your qualification documents. Access through your personal student login area cannot be accepted.

Please note that there is often a delay during summer months in obtaining transcripts from colleges or universities and it is advised that you have the transcripts of each year of your undergraduate degree qualification to hand prior to completing your NQT Application Form.

Where do I find my assessment reference number?

This reference number is only applicable if you have previously applied to the Teaching Council for an assessment of your qualification. The assessment reference number will be printed on the “outcome of assessment” letter issued by the Council.

I have been notified of a shortfall in my undergraduate qualification as a result of the PME Verification process. What do I need to submit?

In order to register under Route 2 (Post-Primary) of the Teaching Council Registration Regulations 2016 it is a requirement that you meet the requirements for at least one post-primary curricular subject.

If you have been notified of a shortfall, e.g. credit shortfall, language residency requirement, linguistic competency requirement, you are required to submit evidence of completion when submitting your registration application form if not previously submitted. Please note that where you do not hold at least one approved subject, registration cannot be finalised until this evidence is received. If you have been approved for at least one subject and have been notified of a shortfall in an additional subject, your application will be processed with the approved subject(s) only until evidence of completion of the shortfall(s) is received.

What must I do when I obtain a teaching position?

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) or Education and Training Board (ETB) (previously known as VEC) require your Teaching Council registration number. You should be registered and have proof of both your registration and Vetting when seeking a teaching position. Further details on teacher recruitment, registration and qualifications are provided by the Department of Education and Skillsin the Department of Education and Skills (www.education.ie).

How long does the Vetting Process take?

The vetting application process consists of a number of steps, which are explained in the Guide to Applying for Vetting

On receipt of correctly completed forms with the required certified copies of identification, at present approximately 80% of Vetting applications are returned within 7 – 10 working days.

We advise that you complete the Vetting process as soon as possible as application volumes increase during the summer months and the process may take longer.

I have been Vetted through the GAA/School/College etc. Do I need to complete vetting?

Yes. The Teaching Council is the authorised body for administering vetting for teachers in Ireland and is required to assess a vetting disclosure for suitability for registration. Only vetting carried out via the Council  can be accepted for registration.

Can I be registered without having completed the vetting process?

No. Vetting is a requirement of registration. A teacher will not be registered without successful completion of Vetting. For registration purposes newly qualified teachers must apply for Vetting via the Teaching Council.

Do I need to include my address during my time spent in college on the Vetting Application Form?

Yes. All addresses where you resided for more than three months must be included in your Vetting application.

How will I know when the Vetting process is complete?

Teachers can check the status of a vetting application by using the vetting application number and logging on to the National Vetting Bureau website.

When the Vetting process is complete, you will:

- receive an email from the National Vetting Bureau stating that your Vetting disclosure has been issued to the Teaching Council

- receive an email from the Teaching Council containing a link to your Vetting disclosure once it has been processed

- be required to log in or create an account with Digitary* to view your disclosure.

*Digitary is the Teaching Council’s online solution that teachers will use to receive their Vetting disclosure.

Is there a fee for registration?

Yes. The initial application fee for registration is €90. The annual registration renewal fee thereafter is €65.

How will I know when I am registered?

You will receive a Confirmation of Registration letter, a comprehensive Registration Handbook and a copy of the Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers.

What happens if I have to complete supplemental (repeat) examinations?

If your details are not transferred to the Teaching Council in the summer months due to incomplete results or where supplemental (repeat) exams are necessary, you will be required to download a standard application form for registration.  The form may be submitted following the successful completion of any supplemental examinations. The form must be accompanied by the required documentation outlined on the application form. Please note you will not receive a reminder to register from the Teaching Council if you are sitting repeat/supplemental examinations.

I am already registered with the Teaching Council. Do I need to do anything?

Graduates should return the completed NQT application form for registration quoting your existing registration number. The Council will update the Register accordingly.

What is a certified copy?

Please note that the Council will only accept certified copies of identification and qualification documents.

A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document which has been certified/endorsed by an appropriate person, i.e. signed, stamped and dated. By certifying a document an appropriate person is confirming that he/she has seen the original document and believes the photocopy to be a true copy of that document.

The following persons are deemed appropriate persons for the purposes of certifying documents: a member of An Garda Síochána (Police), a Solicitor/Commissioner for Oaths, a registered teacher (with the Irish Teaching Council, they must quote registration number) or a Peace Commissioner (signature, date and name in block capitals).

I am out of the country and will not be home before the deadline date that is on the application form?

In order to be registered before the start of the school year, NQTs should return their application, completed in full and accompanied by the requested documentation (if applicable) by the deadline date published on their application form. The Council will accept NQT applications after this date for a short period usually 4-6 weeks but cannot guarantee registration for the beginning of the school year.