How to register to work as a physiotherapist in Ireland

As at 30th September 2016 CORU currently regulates physiotherapy as part of 15 health professions.

The Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU has statutory responsibility for the:

  • Establishing and maintaining a Register of members of the profession
  • Assessing, approving and monitoring training courses for the health and social care professions under the Act
  • Establishing the code of professional conduct and ethics and standards of performance to which Physiotherapists must adhere

Physiotherapists with International Qualifications Registration procedure:

If your qualification is gained outside the Republic of Ireland a letter of Recognition/Accreditation must be provided by CORU.

New entrants with international qualifications must also first have their qualification recognised by CORU before they are eligible to apply for registration.

1. Apply for recognition of international qualification

The process usually takes about 4months and costs €410.

If you have already had your professional qualification recognised by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and hold a letter of recognition you do not need to apply for recognition at CORU.

If you require any additional information on applying for registration please

2. 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 in Ireland or another English speaking country

If you can't provide any of the three above then you will need to pass TOEFL .

3. Complete the online application form

4. Supporting documents for online application:

Application cover page

Certified copy of proof of identity
(Current Passport (Photo page) or
New Irish Driving Licence (issued since 2013)
or Public Services Card (as issued by the Department of
Social and Family Affairs) (copy front and back of the card)

Certified copy of evidence of any change of name if applicable

Certified copy of qualification certificate(s) if applicable

Completed and signed eVetting Invitation Form (NVB1) and subsequent online eVetting Application Form (NVB2).

Certified copy of certificate(s) of Criminal Clearance for each country outside of Ireland where you lived for one year and one day or longer from the age of 18 years

2 passport size photographs signed on back

Stamped and signed proof of professional practice form

Additional information in support of your application if applicable If relevant
Statutory declaration signed under oath

Evidence of competence in English or Irish language (if

Application fee for registration is €100.

CORU website

If you want to work with a health recruiting agency that can help with physiotherapy job placements in Ireland you can contact ateam Health Recruitment if they meet your needs.

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  1. thank you so much for the valuable information i was really lost and confused but not anymore , this is one great work you have belt by helping the physiotherapy community to achieve better goals god bless you .... thank you again i appreciate it

    yours faithfully

    Amr Osman

    1. You're welcome. Amen. I'm glad I could be of help

    2. hello mam i have done 5 year bachelor degree programe DPT (doctor of physicaltherapy) from pakistan. mam plz give guidence about how i can apply for job in ireland....another Question is OET exam for physio in ireland acceptable???

  2. Thank you for information. I want to know how easy it is for foreign trained Physiotherapist to get job offers in Ireland after registration with CORU?

    1. Thank you for reading. I can't tell how "easy" it is to get a physiotherapy job in Ireland, but I can tell you there are jobs for Physiotherapists. Once you get registered put yourself out there and apply to job openings.

  3. hi. is there any licensure exam to be passed to work as physiotherapist in ireland?

    1. Hi Naik,

      You actually apply for your qualifications to be assessed first.

      After you apply for Recognition of Qualifications, CORU will consider all the information that you have provided.

      If deficiencies are observed they will look at any additional information you have provided in your application, like relevant additional training and / or relevant post qualifying work experience.

      If these can still not cover for the deficits then the options remaining will either be to take an aptitude test or engage in a period of adaptation (supervised practice).

  4. Hi mam
    my name is vineel I'm doing sports physiotherapy there are any openings over there and I didn't understand that after registration in CORU and I cleared my tofel so that I'm eligible for job or not.

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  5. If i get my license from irish physiotherapy council can you help to find an employer ...

  6. If i get licence approved from CORU WILL YOU help to find an employer

    1. Sorry for the late response, my host had not been notifying me of your comments.
      Sorry we are not a recruiting agency yet.

  7. Is there any criteria for clinical experience?

    1. Hi Anitha,
      Sorry for the late response, my host had not been notifying me of your comments.

      See this post

  8. Hi.
    Thanks for the information. I'm from India. Is IELTS score required or TOEFL?

    1. Please read

  9. Hi...I am a registered physiotherapist in Ireland.. I recently completed my registration with Coru..I am from India...but now the problem is that the immigration law is not in my favour.. They said that my profession is not in the selected occupation list.. Please guide me further... Regards Prabhjot Singh

    1. Hi Prabhjot, let me understand you better. Are you working on Irish immigration or getting a Physiotherapy job?

  10. Hi
    I am from work in Ireland CORU registration is sufficient or I need to apply for work permit also?
    Please guide

    1. Hi,
      You can also check this post


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