Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Teaching Council of Ireland

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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220. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the issuing of Teaching Council numbers (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2966/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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Under the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 the Teaching Council is the body with statutory authority and responsibility for the regulation of the teaching profession in Ireland including the registration of teachers in the State. 

For teachers who qualified within Ireland, the Teaching Council advise that the registration process may take up to 6-8 weeks from receipt of complete application including all associated documentation, taking into account peak processing periods, e.g. summer. This timeframe is outlined in the information on the Teaching Council website.

Where a person has obtained their teaching qualifications in another Member State of the EU, Directive 2005/36/EC, as amended, applies. This Directive governs the recognition of professional qualifications across Member States. Where a person has obtained their teaching qualifications and is eligible to practice the profession in another Member State, they may apply to the Teaching Council to seek recognition of their qualifications in accordance with the provisions of the Directive. Assessment of qualifications to determine that they are comparable to accredited qualifications in Ireland may take approximately twelve weeks from the date of receipt of all requested documentation, in accordance with the EU Directive timelines. Applicants must also meet standard registration requirements in relation to character reference, garda vetting and overseas police clearances.

The Teaching Council has advised me that where a complete application is submitted and fit and proper person requirements including garda vetting/police clearance are met registration can be completed faster than the standard registration timelines set out above.


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