Information for SLTs

For SLTs considering work in Ireland (see Overseas Applicants)
For Irish SLTs considering working overseas (see Mutual Recognition of Credentials | MRA)

Speech and Language Therapists seeking to work in their professional capacity in the publicly funded health sector in Ireland must have their qualifications recognised under Directive 2005/36/EC. Non-Irish qualification in Speech and Language are assessed under Directive 2005/36/EC.

The Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board at CORU opened its register on 31st October 2014. The Board is now designated as the competent authority for Speech and Language Therapists and will assess all new applications for the recognition of qualifications from outside the Republic of Ireland.

If you were awarded your qualification outside the Republic Of Ireland and are interested in working here you must firstly apply to the Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board at CORU to have your qualification recognised. You cannot apply for registration until your qualification is recognised. The Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board is designated as the Competent Authority under European Union (EU) legislation - Directive 2005/36/EC for the purposes of recognition of professional qualifications for applicants from the European Economic Area (EEA). A Competent Authority under EU legislation is any authority or body e.g. regulatory body or professional body empowered by the State to validate professional qualifications. The Registration Board may also recognise professional qualifications from outside the EEA. For further detailed information about Directive 2005/36/EC log on to the European Commission website: Please also read the CORU Guidance notes regarding application for recognition of international qualifications. Please contact CORU directly ( or further details.

The IASLT has a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) in place with each of these countries. This agreement provides a faster route to membership of the IASLT but has does not apply to recognition of overseas qualifications or registration with CORU.
You are eligible to apply for full membership of IASLT under the Agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Professional Association Credentials (MRA) 2008 if you are a certified member of ASHA, RCSLT or Speech Pathology Australia, a clinically certified member of CASLPA or a full member of NZSTA.

Where a candidate trained through a language other than English or where English is not the recognised language they are required to complete the International English Language Testing System. A Grade 8.0 or above (with no element below 7.5) is required on the I.E.L.T.S. (academic version). It is important to note that there will not be automatic validation on the basis of this exam alone. Applicants who have studied and/or work through a language other than English will most likely be required to take the Clinical English Competence Examination if their qualification is deemed potentially equivalent.

Following IELTS results additional information or clarification may be required or a teleconference may be set up prior to sitting the Clinical English Competence Examination.

All applicants for qualification recognition should be aware that there is now a Government moratorium to the end of the year 2010 on recruitment /replacement of staff in the publicly–funded health sector in Ireland. This means that positions in Ireland for health professionals are very scarce.

Moreover, the assessment of qualifications is without prejudice to any right to work or to residency in Ireland. It is a matter for each individual to satisfy work permit/visa requirements. Non-EEA nationals should access the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment website ( for information on Work Permits and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform website ( in relation to residency. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment requires Working Permit Visa/Green Card applicants from non-EEA countries to have their professional qualifications recognised. Non-EEA nationals should be aware that certain health professionals, including and Speech and Language Therapists, have recently been removed from category (ii) of the Green Card scheme which had been put in place to facilitate non-EEA nationals who wished to work in Ireland and who were qualified in a restricted number of strategically important occupations.

Speech and Language Therapists are employed in a variety of work environments in the Republic of Ireland. The biggest employer of SLTs is the Health Service Executive (HSE). The HSE employs therapists in hospitals, community care areas and in teams. Other big employers include voluntary agencies which provide services to people with disabilities; private practices; voluntary hospitals and some community organisations. Recruitment practises vary depending on the work setting and position.

In recent years the HSE has run national recruitment campaigns to develop panels for Speech and Language Therapy positions at Basic Grade and Senior Level. There are also a number of recruitment agencies in the sector. Vacancies may also be advertised on the IASLT website.

Contact Details:

Applications should be addressed to:
Speech and Language Therapy Registration Board,
Joyce House,
8-11 Lombard St.,
Dublin 2


Agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Professional Association Credentials (MRA)

In November 2008, IASLT signed an international agreement on the mutual recognition of professional association credentials (MRA) with the following associations:

  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)
  • The New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association (NZSTA)
  • The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • The Speech Pathology Association of Australia (Speech Pathology Australia)

This agreement came into effect on 1st January 2009. If applying for membership of an association who has signed the agreement, there are now 2 routes to membership; the standard route and the MRA route. The MRA route is open to full members of IASLT who have one full year of continuous membership. The attached documents provide more information on the MRA agreement and the process to follow if the MRA route for membership of another association is being considered.

MRA Documents
IASLT MRA Agreement
Information for IASLT members on the Agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Professional Association Credentials | View document
Letter of Good Standing
Guidelines and application form for an official Letter of Good Standing from the IASLT | View document