The Department of Education and Skills recognises graduates from initial education programmes in guidance counselling for working in educational institutions under the remit of the Department.
This includes School and Further Education (FE) settings (such as Colleges of Further Education, PLCs and the Adult Educational Guidance Services - AEGS)
In March 2016 the Department of Education and Skills published a Programme Recognotion Framework (PRF).
The Framework 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.
The criteria presented in the PRF has drawn on, and been informed by, the knowledge base from within Ireland and beyond.
The DES engaged in an extensive consultation process with stakeholders.
Submissions received informed the further development and refinement of the PRF.
The PRF took effect from 2018 and programme providers will continue to need to ensure that their programmes meet the criteria and requirements as presented.
NCGE welcomed the publication of the PRF. It is the first time that such detailed criteria re the nature and scope of initial education programmes in guidance counselling has been set out.
It is envisaged that the criteria and guidelines for programme providers will facilitate the higher education institutions in continuing to deliver programmes of a high quality standard which equip their graduates to lead, plan, deliver, review and evaluate the guidance service they offer to young people and adults.