How to become a Guidance Counsellor

Guidance services in the educational sector are based in post-primary schools, higher and further education colleges and through adult and second chance education programmes. To work in guidance in different educational settings, qualifications vary according to the requirements of the role and the employee.  For more information on the activities of guidance, administrative control, and training and qualifications of practitioners necessary to each setting see Guidance in Ireland (PDF 179 kb)


MSc in Guidance and Counselling - Dublin City University - 2 year part time

Higher Diploma in Arts: Adult Guidance & Counselling - NUI Maynooth - 2 year part time

Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling) - NUI Maynooth - 1 year full time

MEd in Adult Guidance & Counselling - NUI Maynooth - 1 year

NUI Certificate in Adult Guidance, Theory and Practice - NUI Maynooth (Level 8 - NQF)

Master in Education (Guidance and Counselling - Trinity College Dublin - 2 year part time

Masters in Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) - University College Cork - 2 year part time

MA Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development - University of Limerick - 2 year part time

NCGE convenes a committee of Directors of Studies of Guidance Counselling which meets to examine the provision of initial and in-service training available for guidance counsellors.