The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) is the sole designated authority acting with the approval of the Minister for Health and Children for the validation of the qualification of Physiotherapy in the Republic of Ireland (S.I. 135/96).
For physiotherapists qualified overseas, there is an Overseas Application Sub- committee (OASC), which meets on a monthly basis. To be considered for employment in the Irish health system, all prospective employees must be eligible for membership to the ISCP. To be eligible for membership, you need to have your physiotherapy qualifications recognised by the ISCP. Each application is individually assessed.
The first step is recognition of the educational qualifications, The criteria for evaluation of credentials is available here.
The application form for recognition of qualifications is available for download.
Following your qualifications assessment if there are differences present in your physiotherapy education and training compared to an Irish graduate, and if these deficits cannot be addressed by post-graduate qualifications or clinical experience, you will be required to successfully complete a period of adaptation or pass an aptitude test.
Another option available if you have differences in your qualifications is to sit an aptitude test.
There are separate aptitude tests for the three essential core areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurology. Each aptitude test consists of two parts: Part A Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Part B Clinical Practical Examination (CPE).
In addition, for non English speaking countries, Band 7 of IELTS is compulsorym with no component below 6.5