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Probation Introduction

  • Probationary Teachers

    The Teaching Council is the body with statutory responsibility for the registration of teachers in Ireland. Teachers are registered by the Council in accordance with the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2009 or Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2016 as appropriate. A copy of these regulations and full details about how newly qualified and other teachers may apply to the Council for registration may be found on

    The Council has statutory responsibility for policy on post-qualification professional practice and must ensure that appropriate procedures and criteria are developed.

    The Limerick Education Centre (LEC) administers the details of primary teachers who are in positions to complete their post-qualification professional practice through the Traditional method (Probation) on behalf of the Inspectorate of Department of Education & Skills.  The Teaching Council administers all aspects of the Droichead process.

    The Teaching Council's document relating to the post-qualification professional practice procedures & criteria for 2017/18 is available on the Teaching Council's website under Publications.
    Please click here for a direct link.


    Have you Questions?

    Should you wish to contact Limerick Education Centre with any queries on completing your post-qualification professional practice through the traditional process with the Inspectorate, you can contact Jenny Delaney on email at or 061 585060 ext 4.

    If you have any questions regarding the Droichead process, please contact the Teaching Council.

  • Probation for teachers in Non-Droichead Primary schools

    Traditional process for addressing post-qualification professional practice conditions in a primary school (Probation)

    From September 2017, teachers working in special education/restricted settings or in a large schools with over 24 mainstream class teachers as determined by the staffing schedule contained in Circular 17/2017 must avail of the Droichead process to gain full registration with the Council. Full information on this process is available on the Teaching Council's website under Droichead. If you have any queries regarding this process, please contact the Teaching Council directly. Probation by the Inspectorate will not be possible in such schools.

    A primary teacher can undertake the probationary process through the traditional method when employed as a mainstream class teacher in a school other than those referred to above as long as the school is not registered for Droichead.  Employment in a permanent, temporary or substitute capacity is eligible, where the teacher is teaching all 11 subjects of the Primary School Curriculum, including Irish, to a mainstream class of pupils from junior infants to sixth class (single or multi-grade) for the entire school day.  Only paid employment is reckonable.

    Since 3 October 2016, internship schemes such as JobBridge and similar such schemes that may be commenced in the future are no longer accepted as eligible settings for probation, post-qualification employment and Droichead.  Please see section 1.5 of the Teaching Council's Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria 2017/18 document for more information on non-State-funded positions.

    To have his or her professional competence evaluated to satisfy the Council’s post-qualification professional practice requirements through the traditional process, a teacher must make an application for inspection using the Form OP1.

    Applications for inspection must be made electronically and as soon as a teacher commences service in a post that will last for a period of at least 50 consecutive school days. Where a teacher commences eligible employment a maximum of five working days will be allowed to submit a completed application.  The date on which LEC receives a completed Form OP1 or the first date of employment, whichever is the later, will be used when determining the 50/100-day period. Every effort is made to ensure that all eligible teachers who make an application for inspection will be inspected in that school year. Teachers must be available for inspection on any day of the 50/100 day period. Notification of pre-planned absences should be forwarded well in advance to the relevant inspector.  Where an unforeseen absence occurs, the Principal or Deputy Principal should inform the inspector immediately.

    The criteria used in the inspection of the work of teachers for probationary and registration purposes in primary schools is outlined here.

    Teachers are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with Section 3 of the procedures and criteria document prior to submitting Form OP1.
    (See Probationary Teachers tab for link to this document or go to the Teaching Council's website directly under Publications)          

    Should you wish to contact Limerick Education Centre with any queries on Probation, you can contact Jenny Delaney on email at or 061 585060 ext 4

  • Probation FAQ's

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  • Useful Information / Links

    National Induction Programme for Teachers

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    This website aims to provide information about the National Induction Programme and to support Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), mentors, principals and staff  in their work with NQTs.

    NIPT Workshop Programme

    As with previous years, the Induction Workshops are run by the NIPT through Education Centres.  You should contact your local centre or visit the Association of Teachers’ / Education Centres in Ireland website ( for further information.

    The Teaching Council (An Chomhairle Mhúinteoireachta)

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    The Teaching Council is the professional body for teaching in Ireland. It was established on a statutory basis in March 2006 to promote teaching as a profession at Primary and Post-Primary levels; to promote the professional development of teachers; and to regulate standards in our profession.

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