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Updated : 02/10/2014

Professional qualifications – Ireland – Physiotherapists

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Only if you want to work abroad, not for study purposes.

Permanent stay

Documents [permanent stay]

If you have obtained your professional qualification out of the EU, you should check with responsible authority whether you can apply for the recognition of your professional qualifications.

Apply for qualification recognition while you are still living in your home country and well in advance of the date on which you wish to start working in Ireland.

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Ireland on a permanent basis, you must submit to the responsible authority the following documents:

  • completed application form pdf [236 KB]
    (application form manual pdf [194 KB] )
  • certified copy of your current passport –only pages with picture and expiry date;
  • certified proof of eligibility to practise in the country where the physiotherapy qualifications were obtained;
  • certificate of current professional status / letter of good standing from the registering authority or professional body of the country where you have been more recently practising as physiotherapist;
  • certified copy of your physiotherapy qualification (certificate, diploma or degree);
  • certified copy of university transcript / statement of academic record;
  • academic course information form – section 2 of the application form, pp.3-13 inclusive – with your name, date, official stamp from educational institution and the signature of the Head/Dean of School of Physiotherapy on each page.
  • 2 clinical references –one from your current or most recent physiotherapy manager and the second one from a physiotherapist who has supervised you in practice. References must be written in English or translated by a certified translator. They must have been stamped, signed, dated and sealed in an envelope. The referee's signature must be across the seal – section 5 of application form, p.20.
  • certified copy of current membership to registration authority (registration card / certificate) from the country you are practising. If registration is not compulsory, a current membership card/certificate/letter of eligibility for membership from the professional body.
  • a signed declaration statement – p.22 of the declaration form.
  • proof of payment of the non-refundable fee / authorisation to debit your credit card – p.23 of the declaration form.

All reference letters, certificates of professional status (letters of good standing) and letters of eligibility to practise in the country where the physiotherapist qualifications were obtained must be dated within 3 months of the time of arrival of your application at the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Only certified copies by lawyers, solicitors, public notaries, justice of the peace or police member will be accepted.

All forms and letters must be completed in English. If submitted in their original language, they must be accompanied with a certified English translation.

Duration of the procedure [permanent stay]

The recognition procedure takes:

  • 1 month to acknowledge receipt of your application, confirm its completeness or request additional documents.
  • 4 months, to take a decision, once your application is complete.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

Cost [permanent stay]

€500

Temporary stay

Documents [temporary stay]

If you have obtained your professional qualification out of the EU, you should check with responsible authority whether you can apply for the recognition of your professional qualifications.

Information not yet provided by the national authorities.

Duration of the procedure [temporary stay]

Information not yet provided by the national authorities.

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

Cost [temporary stay]

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