The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) will cease to operate from 1st September 2022. 
The NCGE and its Management Committee, Léargas, the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Solas and ETBI have been carrying out significant work since earlier this year to prepare for the reorganisation of guidance support. A Transitions Working Group and additional sub-groups have been meeting regularly to co-ordinate the reorganisation.

For further information relating to ongoing and future support in place, click HERE

Committees and Working Groups

The Advisory Committee on Psychometric Testing is convened by NCGE on behalf of the DES and meets regularly to review and update the list of psychometric tests and assessments approved by the Department for use in post-primary schools. 

The following organisations are represented on the Committee:

  • Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC)
  • ILSA (Irish Learning Support Association)
  • PSI (Psychological Society of Ireland)
  • NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service)
  • DES (Department of Education and Skills)
  • NCGE (National Centre for Guidance in Education)
  • DSGC (Directors of Studies in Guidance Counselling)
  • School of Inclusive & Special Education (DCU St. Patrick’s Campus)

NCGE convenes the Committee of Directors of Studies of Guidance Counselling (DSGC). Its terms of reference are to

  • examine existing provision of initial and in-service training for guidance counsellors.
  • consider development of induction programmes for recently trained guidance counsellors.
  • examine developments in adult education and consider the interconnection between school and adult guidance in the context of lifelong learning.
  • make proposals to the Department of Education and Skills, its agencies and other relevant parties, arising from the above.

The guidance course directors agreed, through consultative process on a course recognition framework for the initial qualification of guidance counsellors. This recognition framework enables the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that guidance counsellors employed in post primary and further education settings are appropriately qualified and have the necessary knowledge, skills and competences.

NCGE facilitates collaboration between the DSGC and other agencies such as IGC and the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Consultation with the PSI resulted in the securing of certification for the psychometric modules on the initial training programmes in guidance. Guidance counsellors graduating from these programmes will automatically have their training recognised by the PSI for administering certain psychometric tests. Those who completed their guidance counselling in the period 1999 to 2005 are also covered under this agreement.

Programme Recognition Framework: Guidance Counselling Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers

March 2016: The Department of Education and Skills published a Programme Recognition Framework (PRF) which sets out criteria and guidelines for providers of initial education programmes in guidance counselling who intend that their programme graduates will work in guidance services under the remit of the Department. 

2011: The DSGC developed Counselling Competencies for Guidance Counselling Education Programmes: Interim Guidelines. Read Full Report