Frequently Asked Questions - Registration
Registration is a process where a professional applies to be granted registration and is entered onto a register of their profession. Click here for more information.
A protected title is the professional title of the designated health and social care professions named under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. A registrant of a profession is entitled to use the title specified for that profession. The following health and social care professions are designated:
- Clinical Biochemist
- Dispensing Opticians
- Medical Scientist
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Care Worker
- Social Worker
- Speech and Language Therapist
A separate Registration Board will be established for each of the 12 professions. The objective of each Board is to protect the public by fostering high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence among those registered. For more information on Registration Boards click here.
The Register contains information on the registered members of the designated professions. It will contain the following information about the registrant:
- Registration number
- Full name
- Registration renewal date
- County and/or postal code (where applicable) in which the registrant practises
- Fitness to practise (FTP) details and conditions (if any)
Any member of the public will be able to view the Register online, click here to search.
The register for each profession will open on a phased basis over the next number of years, once a Registration Board for each profession has been appointed by the Minister for Health.
Announcements about the opening of registers will be published on our website. You can sign up for updates about the regulation of your profession here.
When the register for your profession opens you must:
- Hold an approved qualification
- Complete an application form
- Satisfy the Board that you are a fit and proper person to engage in the practice of the profession
- Pay the required fee
When the register for your profession is open, in order to register you must:
- a) Apply within two years of the opening of the register
- b) Hold a qualification
a. listed in Schedule 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act
b. a qualification that in the opinion of the Board is sufficiently relevant to that profession and is of a standard not lower than a qualification listed in Schedule 3
- c) If you do not hold a qualification listed at either a or b above you must successfully complete an assessment of professional competence set by the Registration Board
- d) Complete an application form
- e) Satisfy the board that you are a fit and proper person to engage in the practice of the profession
- f) Pay the required fee
For a list of all schedule 3 qualifications click here
Under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, a registrant of a profession is entitled to use the title specified for that profession. Existing practitioners in the State will have 2 years to apply from the date of opening of the register.
No. You are not required to register if you are working abroad.
We would encourage you to apply to register as soon as the register is open. To date the register for Social Workers is open. Most employers will require registration for new posts and promotions. Please click here for further information.
You will be required to arrange with the regulator to submit a certificate of good standing to the Registration Board as part of the registration process.
Private practitioners may also register. Under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, a registrant of a profession is entitled to use the title specified for that profession. Existing practitioners in the State will have 2 years to apply from the date of the opening of the register.