New entrants to the profession in Ireland, who hold approved qualifications (graduates, those who have been practising abroad or those returning to the profession) must satisfy the Registration Board that they have sufficient knowledge of the language necessary to practise the profession in Ireland. The ability to communicate effectively in a language of the State is critical to working effectively in Ireland. Consequently, (unless English or Irish is the first language) information about an applicant’s ability in English or Irish will be sought.
If English or Irish is not your first language, you are asked to provide one of the following:
I. A copy of a qualification acquired and examined through the medium of English or Irish.
II. A copy of a qualification attesting knowledge in the English or Irish language
III. Evidence of previous professional experience or training in Ireland or another English speaking country over a
substantial period of time
Each Registration Board has set specific minimum language requirements which must be met by those where English or Irish is not their first language and who do not meet the criteria I, II or III above. The minimum language requirements for each Registration Board are set out below.
|Registration Board||Minimum score IELTS (academic)||Minimum score TOEFL|
|Social Workers Registration Board||7.0 (no element below 6.5)||100/120|
|Dietitians Registration Board||7.0 (no element below 6.5)||100/120|
|Physiotherapists Registration Board||7.0 (no element below 6.5)||100/120|
|Occupational Therapists Registration Board||7.0 (no element below 6.5)||100/120|
|Optical Registration Board||7.0 (no element below 6.5)||100/120|
|Radiographers Registration Board||7.0 (no element below 7)||100/120|
|Speech & Language Therapists Registration Board||8.0 (no element below 7.5)||118/120|
If you cannot provide any of the items (I) – (III) above, then you will be required to take a test of English language (academic) proficiency and meet the minimum score in order to be eligible for registration.