Teachers - Requirement to be registered


Under section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001 people employed as teachers in recognised schools must be registered with the Teaching Council in order to be paid from public monies by the Department of Education and Skills or an ETB.

The Minister for Education and Skills signed the commencement order for Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001 on 01 November 2013 to come into operation from a legally operative date of 28 January 2014. The Department of Education and Skills and ETBs will be prohibited by law from paying unregistered people employed in teaching positions in schools on or after that date, except in specified circumstances and for very short time periods as provided for in the Unregistered Persons Regulations (see circular 0052/2013).

If you are employed as a teacher in a recognised school but are not currently registered with the Teaching Council, you should immediately apply to the Council for registration. The Council will continue to prioritise applications from employed teachers, where teachers being paid from public funds provide clear evidence of their employment (e.g. current payslip). Complete applications, or all outstanding documentation, should be submitted to the Council without delay as the registration process may take some time. Queries may be addressed to: section30@teachingcouncil.ie

For further information on the requirements of teachers to register with the Teaching Council please see 'Terms and Conditions of Employment for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools' at link: