Transitional Period

Following the opening of a Register there is a two year transitional period to allow existing practitioners time to apply for registration and satisfy the Registration Board that they meet the requirements. 

It is important to note that not all qualifications considered for registration during this two year transitional period will be approved qualifications going forward.

Existing practitioners are encouraged to check the schedule of legacy qualifications (also known as Schedule 3) and apply when their Register opens in order to avail of these transitional arrangements.

If a practitioner does not hold a Schedule 3 qualification, approved qualification or a sufficiently relevant qualification they will have to undertake an assessment of professional competence. If this is successfully completed they can be considered for registration.

End of two year transitional period - Compulsory Registration

After the close of the transitional period for a profession registration with CORU is compulsory for all members of the designated profession in order to use the professions title.

Transitional Periods By Profession

ProfessionClose of Transitional Period
Social Workers31 May 2013
Radiographers and Radiation Therapists31 October 2015
Dietitians31 October 2016
Speech and Language Therapists31 October 2016
Occupational Therapists31 March 2017
Physiotherapists30 September 2018


All practising professionals must have applied for registration before the end of the transitional period for their profession.

ProfessionTransitional Period
Medical Scientists31 March 2019 - 31 March 2021


All practising Medical Scientists must apply for registration before 31 March 2021.

The 2 year transitional period for the following health and social care professions is yet to be confirmed:

  • Clinical Biochemists
  • Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Care Workers