Apply for Recognition of International Qualifications

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 situation, the CORU office is closed until further notice. Please do not post any documentation to the office. Please email all documentation to recognition@coru.ie. Please see our COVID-19 Updates section for further information.

Only professional qualifications awarded within the State can be accredited by CORU for access to CORU regulated professions. Professional qualifications awarded outside the State are assessed through a process of ‘recognition’ which involves comparison of the qualification with the standard of proficiency required of accredited Irish qualifications. Deficiencies, where identified, may be addressed through lifelong learning, professional experience, the application of ‘compensation measures’ or a combination of the above. The assessment is undertaken by the Competent Authority which is a role established in EU and Irish law for this purpose.

The Registration Board of the relevant profession will act as a “Competent Authority in Ireland” and will validate professional qualifications obtained in a country other than in the Republic of Ireland.

Please be aware that the recognition process can take some time. Once your file is complete (i.e. all required information has been provided), the process can take up to four months to complete. While we endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible, the assessment process is important and requires time to ensure all opportunities to demonstrate that you meet the standard are provided.

The outcome of an application is not guaranteed so you are strongly advised not to make travel or other arrangements (e.g. start a job) which depend upon your qualification being recognised by a Registration Board at CORU. If your qualification is recognised you must then apply for registration which will be a separate process.

Currently qualifications are being recognised for the following professions (select your profession below to apply for recognition):

  • Dietitians
  • Dispensing Opticians (General Division)
  • Dispensing Opticians (Contact Lenses Division)
  • Medical Scientists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Radiographers and Radiation Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech and Language Therapists

Please see here for current information on recognition of international qualifications for professions which are due to be regulated by CORU.

If you have any further queries please contact recognition@coru.ie.

Application steps

Step 1

Read the general guidance notes and information on processing timelines.

(Please Note: If you are a Speech and Language Therapist you must also read the additional Speech and Language Therapist Guidance Notes.)

Step 2

Read the standards of proficiency and placement criteria for your profession as listed below.

Step 3

Applicants seeking recognition as a

  • Physiotherapist,
  • Podiatrist,
  • Radiographer, or
  • Radiation Therapist,

are invited to apply via the CORU online recognition system, but may use the Recognition Application Form if preferred. Only one method is to be used i.e. the online system OR the Recognition Application Form.

At this time, all other applicants i.e.

  • Dietitians
  • Dispensing Opticians
  • Optometrists
  • Medical Scientists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Social Workers

may apply using the Recognition Application Form  only.

Applicants using the Recognition Application form are advised to take careful note of the current application guidelines listed on our COVID-19 updates page​.

If you have an existing account, you can login to your account here.

Detailed instructions on how to submit your application via the online system are contained in this guidance document. All applicants are advised to read the guidance document before starting the online application process.

(Please Note: The application form/guidance notes contain further instructions as to these supporting documents.)

Note: Certain Physiotherapists can apply using the European Professional Card (EPC) route.

Step 4

Please pay the fee online. A receipt will issue to you by email. Please retain your receipt and include a copy with your application.

(Please Note: You will be redirected to the payment site and your application cannot be processed without fee payment.)

If you apply via the online recognition system, you can pay the fee using the online portal.

 

Standards of Proficiency

Applications for recognition are measured against the standards of proficiency for the profession, the standards required of graduates from an Irish approved program for entry to the Register. The standards of proficiency are listed below:

If your profession is not listed here please see our page with information about other Competent Authorities.

If you have any further queries please contact us at recognition@coru.ie


Further Information

You can find further information below:

Background information on the basis for these processes involved

European Commission information on free movement of professionals:

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals_en

If you encounter difficulties with the process set out here