Registration with Conditions

Conditional Registration is granted when an applicant for registration has not fulfilled all of the Council's registration requirements. If Conditional Registration is granted, the Council will inform the teacher of the conditions imposed, the measures required to meet them, and the timeframe within which they must be met. Conditions will be recorded on the Register and on the teacher's Conditional Registration letter.

Conditions should be met within the specified timeframe. If all conditions are not met within the specified timeframe, and no extension has been granted, the teacher's registration will lapse.

Post-qualification professional practice conditions are generally applied to Primary and Post-primary NQTs. These conditions include Droichead, and in some exceptional circumstances the legacy Traditional Processes of Post-qualification employment (PQE) and the Induction Workshop Programme.  It is important to note that from the 2020/2021 academic year, Droichead will be the only route of induction for all Primary and Post-primary teachers.  Further information regarding these conditions are contained in the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria and in the Droichead: A Quick Guide (Primary and Post-primary).

Droichead Information

Droichead is the new integrated process for addressing post-qualification professional practice conditions and is the only route of induction for all primary and post-primary teachers registered from 1 June 2020. 

The Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria provides important information on the Droichead process, including the settings in which it may take place, duration of practice, the two strands of Droichead and completing the process.

Transitionary arrangements have been published to give guidance to primary and post-primary teachers who registered with conditions prior to 1 June 2016 and who commenced fulfilling their post-qualification practice conditions during the pilot phase of Droichead; who registered with the traditional conditions of Probation, PQE and Induction Workshop Programme on and after 1 June 2016 and prior to 1 June 2020;  who registered with the condition of Droichead on and after 1 June 2020. Transitionary arrangements outline exemptions that may be applicable to teachers especially in relation to Cluster Meetings and Professional Learning Activities. The document also outlines additional flexibility introduced on an exceptional basis due to the uncertainty surrounding the impact of the  Covid-19 pandemic to support the process for teachers and the schools/PST involved.

Please find Droichead Resources below for more information on the Droichead process:

Expiring Conditions/Renewals

If you hold conditions against your registration which are due to expire within the next six months you will not be able to renew your annual registration until you do one of the following:

Login to My Registration>My Conditions and: 

  • submit evidence/relevant documentation of completion of your condition(s), or  
  • submit an extension request application together with your supporting documents.

History & Structure Examination (H&S)

Where an applicant for registration as a post-primary teacher has completed a programme of teacher education outside of the Republic of Ireland, they are required to gain a knowledge and understanding of the history and structure of the Irish education system. They can do this by successfully completing an online exam in the History and Structure of the Irish Education System (H&S). 

The dates for the online H&S exam in 2023 are:

Following receipt of your booking, we will email you within 10 working days to confirm your place.

There is a limit of 130 places for each exam date. The exam will be available for 24 hours on the above dates. The exam duration is approx. 2.5 hours and must be sat in one sitting during the 24-hour period.

Information Note

Sample Papers

Cancellations: Please note that places are limited for each exam. If you cannot attend the online exam, please send a cancellation email to historyandstructure@teachingcouncil.ie. Please quote your full name and Teaching Council Registration Number.

Granting Full registration to teachers that have been probated in a restricted setting

Teachers registered under Regulation Two (Primary), who have previously been probated in a restricted setting, may be eligible to apply for full registration in that sector subject to specific criteria.

  1. Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration under this policy:

1.1   Teachers must be registered under Regulation Two (Primary) of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations and registered under Section 31 of the Teaching Council Acts

1.2   The only remaining condition on your registration must be Probation/Droichead in a mainstream setting

1.3   You are/have been working in a special education setting and carrying out teaching roles that meet the criteria and service requirements below.

 

  1. Criteria

2.1   You are/were teaching the full national curriculum which has been modified in line with the guidelines as set out by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

2.2   You are/were teaching a class of a minimum size of six students on a fulltime basis for the entire day

2.3   You are/were fully responsible for the learning of the students and have/had responsibilities comparable to those of mainstream class teachers.

 

  1. Service Requirement

3.1   Teaching service of not less than 50 consecutive days in the same class and special education setting and fulfilling the above criteria is required

3.2   This service must be in addition to any service requirement for Probation/Droichead.

 

Completion of this condition

If you are eligible under the criteria listed above, please login to the My Registration and go to the My Conditions section of the Teaching Council website and download a SP-ROB form.  You should have the form signed and stamped by the school principal and upload the form through the same “My Registration/My Conditions” section.

 

Additional information may be found in the FAQs section.

Induction Workshop Programme

The Induction Programme is a flexible learning programme, funded by the Department of Education, and designed to meet the particular professional learning needs of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The programme, coordinated by the National Induction Programme for Teachers, builds on the learning that took place during initial teacher education. It can be tailored by an NQT to his or her particular circumstances. Subject to an overall minimum of 20 hours of professional learning, NQTs may combine school-based professional learning activities with off-site workshops.

Any teacher who completed the Droichead process prior to the 1 September 2016 (that is, during the Droichead pilot process), or the traditional processes of Probation/PQE but has the Induction Workshop Programme condition outstanding must complete the Induction Workshop requirement.

In addition, all other teachers who apply for registration from 02 July 2012 under Route 1 (Primary), Route 2 (Post-primary) and Route 4 (Other), are required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme provided that they have not previously: 

  • met the requirements of Post-Qualification Employment (PQE) (Post-primary) prior to 2 July 2012
  • met the requirements of Probation (Primary) prior to 2 July 2012 or
  • completed a recognised and comparable induction programme in another country

From the 2016/2017 academic year, teachers who commence Droichead are not required to complete the Induction Workshop Programme as the condition of Induction is fulfilled as part of the integrated Droichead process. The condition of Induction is removed when the completed Droichead Form D is submitted.

How to complete the Induction Workshop Programme 

Teachers may choose from two options.

  • Option A – they may select from a suite of workshops delivered via the Education Centre network. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, workshops are currently available to complete online. Further information available at onlinelearning.teacherinduction.ie
  • Alternatively, with the agreement of the school, they may choose Option B and complete 14 hours of workshops combined with 6 hours of school based learning which is supported by a trained NIPT mentor / PST member. 
OPTION AOPTION B
No School-Based Mentoring from an NIPT Trained MentorAvailing of School-Based Mentoring with an NIPT Training Mentor
Workshops*Minimum of 20 hoursMinimum of 14 hours
Reckonable School-Based Learning**N/AMaximum of 6 hours

* Workshops are facilitated by the NIPT through local Education Centres  

** School must have a trained NIPT mentor/PST member. For further information on completing the Induction Workshop Programme, please see the NIPT website at teacherinduction.ie/en/supports/induction-programme

What happens when I have completed the required 20 hours of professional learning? 

At the end of each month, NIPT Workshop Administration collates and transfers workshop attendance information (received from all Education Centres) and school-based induction hours (where applicable) to the Teaching Council. The Teaching Council then removes the Induction Workshop Programme requirement from the registration of those NQTs who have completed the 20 hour Induction Workshop requirement.

Probation

As and from September 2020 Droichead is the only route of induction for all primary NQTs. The traditional process of Probation is no longer available. Please see the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria for detailed information on this legacy option.

The probationary process  involved a minimum teaching service requirement (100 days) and incidental visits from a Department of Education and Skills Inspector, who prepared a report on the suitability of the teacher.

Teachers who began service on or after September 1st, 2010, should notify the Teaching Council once they have completed the required service requirement and have received a satisfactory report from the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate. On fulfilling this condition by completing the service and competence requirements of the probationary process, registrants should complete Form C and return it to the Teaching Council.

Teachers previously probated in a restricted setting

Teachers registered under Regulation Two/Route 1 (Primary), who have previously been probated or have completed Droichead (prior to September 2016) in a restricted setting may be eligible to apply for full registration in that sector subject to meeting the requirements set out in this section.

This policy came into effect from 1 September 2016.

In order to be eligible the:

  • teacher must be registered under Regulation Two (Primary) of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations and registered under Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act
  • only remaining conditions on the teacher’s registration must be Probation/Droichead in a mainstream setting
  • teacher is/has been working in a special education setting and carrying out teaching roles that meet the criteria and service requirement below.

The following criteria must be met:

  • The teacher is/was teaching the full primary school curriculum which has been modified in line with the guidelines as set out by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).
  • The teacher is/was teaching a class of a minimum size of six students on a fulltime basis for the entire day.
  • The teacher is/was fully responsible for the learning of students and has responsibilities comparable to those of a mainstream class teacher.

The teacher must meet the service requirements set out below:

  • Teaching service of not less than 50 consecutive days in the same class which meets the criteria is required
  • This service must be in addition to any service requirement for Probation/Droichead
  • Please note that teaching service in a mainstream setting is also acceptable.

Probation in Other Jurisdictions

Currently, all teachers qualified outside Ireland and who wish to achieve full registration with the Teaching Council must complete the probationary process. An exception is made where an applicant for registration has completed a period of induction/probation in the State where he/she qualified. The applicant must provide the Council with evidence of a satisfactory period of overseas induction/probation.

Where a teacher has completed a probationary period in another jurisdiction, he/she may apply to the Teaching Council to have this recognized as satisfying the condition of probation. Teaching service in state-inspected primary schools outside Ireland may also be considered towards the service requirement.

Attached here is information on the documentation that must be provided as evidence of a state recognised and verified induction process in the country where a teacher completed their initial teacher education qualification.

Timeframe

All new registrants have a period of three years from their date of registration, to meet the requirements of any condition.

Important Note for persons commencing initial teacher education outside Ireland and within the EEA from 1 January 2011

Revised procedures for the registration of teachers under Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries) in Ireland

From 1 January 2011, persons commencing a programme of initial teacher education outside Ireland and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under the mobility rights (for workers) of Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries), must have full registration from the country in which they completed the programme of initial teacher education. Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation in that country. In effect, if probation/induction is a requirement for the purpose of gaining full registration in that State, a teacher will not gain mobility rights under the terms of the Directive until the requirement is met. Generally, such a teacher will be deemed exempt from the probationary period in Ireland. From September 2010, the Teaching Council is the body that processes applications for exemptions from probation.

Post-Qualification Employment (PQE)

For Post-primary teachers registered prior to 1 June 2020 post-qualification employment (PQE) may be an option in certain limited circumstances as set out in the Transitionary Arrangements. For all other circumstances and teachers registered on or after 1 June 2020, Droichead is the only route of induction.

Post-Qualification Employment involves providing evidence of 300 hours' teaching experience in a recognised school, which is verified and signed by the school principal. This involves a minimum of 200 hours teaching a recognised post-primary curricular subject or guidance counselling to a designated class on the school's timetable. Up to 100 hours of the approved teaching may be carried out in a learning support, special needs, language support role or other timetabled activity.  Please see the service requirement section of the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria for detailed information on the additional measures that have been introduced to provide flexibility where the nature of service does not meet the requirements set out above.

Completion of this condition

On fulfilling this condition, registrants should login to My Registration, then go to the My Conditions (PQE) section and download Form B. The Form B should be completed in full, signed and stamped by the school principal and uploaded through the same My Conditions (PQE) section.

 

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to meet this requirement.

PQE/Probation in Other Jurisdictions

Currently, all teachers who qualified outside Ireland and who wish to achieve full registration with the Teaching Council must complete the probationary process equivalent to PQE. An exception is made where an applicant for registration has completed a period of induction/probation in the State where he/she qualified. The applicant must provide the Council with evidence of a satisfactory period of overseas induction/probation.

Where a teacher has completed the probationary process equivalent to PQE in another jurisdiction, he/she may apply to the Teaching Council to have this recognised as satisfying the condition of PQE. Teaching service in state-inspected post-primary schools outside Ireland may also be considered towards the service requirement.

Important Note for persons commencing initial teacher education outside Ireland and within the EEA from 1 January 2011

Revised procedures for the registration of teachers under Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries) in Ireland

From 1 January 2011, persons commencing a programme of initial teacher education outside Ireland and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under the mobility rights (for workers) of Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries), must have full registration from the country in which they completed the programme of initial teacher education. Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation in that country. In effect, if probation/induction is a requirement for the purpose of gaining full registration in that State, a teacher will not gain mobility rights under the terms of the Directive until the requirement is met. Generally, such a teacher will be deemed exempt from the probationary period in Ireland. From September 2010, the Teaching Council is the body that processes applications for exemptions from probation.

Attached here is information on the documentation that must be provided as evidence of a state recognised and verified induction process in the country where a teacher completed their initial teacher education qualification.

Irish Language Requirement (ILR)

Where an applicant for registration as a primary teacher has completed a programme of teacher education outside Ireland, an Irish Language Requirement (ILR) condition normally applies to his/her registration. The applicant can either complete an Aptitude Test (SCG – An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge) or an Adaptation Period (OCG – Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge), which confirms the applicant's competence to teach the Irish language as well as a range of primary school curricular subjects through the medium of Irish. Conditional registration is granted to those in the process of completing this requirement.

Both the SCG (Aptitude Test) and OCG (Adaptation Period) are administered by Institiúid Oideachais Marino, Dublin 9. For full information visit ilrweb.ie.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to satisfy this condition.

Qualification Shortfalls (QS)

Where an applicant (who is deemed fully qualified as a teacher in another EU Member State) falls short of the required qualifications for registration in Ireland, they may be registered on condition that they rectify the shortfall(s) within a specified period, usually not exceeding three years from the date of registration. This policy is consistent with European Directive 2005/36/EC, transposed into Irish Law in Statutory Instrument Number 139 of 2008.

Qualification shortfalls may be identified in undergraduate and/or teaching qualifications and may include shortfalls in curricular subject knowledge; foundation studies in education; subject teaching methodologies; teaching practice; and knowledge of the history and structure of the Irish education system.

The Council normally grants conditional registration due to qualification shortfalls where an applicant has been fully recognised as a teacher in another jurisdiction. It does not grant conditional registration to applicants who have partially completed a qualification; or who have not previously been recognised as teachers, who have an obvious qualification shortfall at the time of applying. This policy is consistent with European Directive 2005/36/EC.

Qualification shortfalls are notified to the applicant when they complete the registration process. The conditions imposed and their respective expiry dates are recorded on the register and on the letter confirming registration.

Timeframe

A maximum period of three years is permitted to satisfy this condition.

Completion of this condition

On fulfilling this condition registrants should login to My Registration then My Conditions/Qualification Shortfalls/View Details. Here you can upload evidence of completing this condition.  

Registration Condition Appeals

An applicant who has had a registration condition imposed may request a review of the Council’s decision.

Should the review not overturn the decision of the Council to apply conditions, an applicant may apply to the High Court for an annulment of the decision, under section 31(8) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001.

Conditional Registration Extension Requests

If a registered teacher is unable to complete the requirements of a registration condition within the specified period, he or she may apply to the Council for an extension. This application must be made in the year in which the specified period is due to expire. The teacher must outline the difficulties and/or extenuating circumstances preventing the completion of the required measures in the time specified. The Council will consider such requests in the context of the nature of the registration condition, the progress made to date and the work that remains to be completed. Every application for an extension is evaluated on its own merits. Extensions are typically granted for the following reasons:

  • a prolonged illness which prevents a teacher from working; or a serious illness of a close relative for whom the teacher has acted as a carer
  • bereavement involving the death of family members or dependents
  • maternity, paternity, adoptive or unpaid leave has been granted
  • a teacher has not secured employment necessary to meet a condition
  • long-term foreign travel or employment outside Ireland

Submitting an Extension Request Application

  • To submit an extension request, application, registrants should login to the My Registration and go to the My Conditions section and select the Submit Extension Request button and follow the instructions provided.

The Director or his/her nominee will consider the application for an extension. If an application is refused, an applicant can appeal the decision. This appeal will be considered by the Registration Committee of the Council.

Further information may be found here:

  1. Procedures – Extension Request Assessments
  2. Guidance Notes – link to Guidance Document (attached)

Overseas Induction

If you have completed a formal state recognised Induction process in another country, you are required to apply to the Teaching Council for the assessment of that process to determine eligibility for recognition in Ireland. Please click on the link below for the Overseas Induction Assessment Criteria.

Lapsed Registrations & Re-admissions

Lapsed registrations: failure to meet a registration condition within the specified period

If a registered teacher fails to fulfill the requirements of a registration condition in the specified period and has not requested or been granted an extension, the registration will lapse. It is the responsibility of a teacher to inform the Teaching Council before the expiry date, when the requirements of the condition have been satisfied, otherwise the registration will lapse.

Re-admission to the register following lapse of registration

If a teacher whose registration has lapsed wishes to be readmitted to the register, the provisions of section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act will apply. This may involve submitting an application form, transcripts, evidence of character documentation and other supporting documentation. The original requirements of the condition will also have to be met.

Where a teacher registered with conditions voluntarily leaves the register and later seeks readmission, that teacher will be allowed the balance of the period originally granted to meet the requirements of the conditions.

C-19 Residency Experience Requirement

In light of the emergency measures adopted by the Council due to Covid-19, changes in relation to the residential experience requirement as a pre-requisite to registration were introduced for graduates of Post-primary languages programmes of ITE in the summer of 2020 and 2021.

As part of the curricular subject requirements for all Post-primary languages (including Gaeilge), there is a residential experience requirement of a period of 2 months/8 weeks. The Council has reduced this requirement to 6 weeks given the restrictions on travel due to Covid-19. If a teacher did not meet the 6-week requirement when applying for registration with the Council, registration was granted with the condition of C-19 Residency. 

As evidence of residential experience is a pre-requisite to registration, this is an emergency, temporary condition put in place due to Covid-19 and is granted for a period of one renewal year. This will allow the teacher to work as a fully qualified teacher while giving additional time to fulfil the outstanding balance of the residency requirement.

Extensions to this time may be requested under the Council’s standard extension request process. This registration option will be kept in place for all 2021 graduate teachers registering up until 31 December 2021.

How to address C-19 Residency Experience requirement

Evidence of verifiable residential experience in the country of the language or where the language is the vernacular (spoken language) must be supplied to  address the condition C-19 Residency.  This may be evidenced by submitting one of the following:

  • 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.

Please note, online courses do not equate to the requirement of residential experience.

Completion of this condition

Evidence of completion of the condition of C-19 Residency Experience requirement, should be uploaded via My Registration.  Go to My Conditions, select View Details button beside C-19 Residency and upload documents there.