Here we provide some information for anyone interested in learning how to become an SLT.
To work as an SLT in Ireland, you must have completed a course that is accredited by IASLT or meets the criteria of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). Upon completion of study, you must register with CORU, the regulating body for Health and Social Care Professionals (HSCPs) in Ireland.
There are four Universities within the Republic of Ireland which offer courses to those wishing to become a Speech and Language Therapist. Across the four institutions, approximately 150 students graduate each year, meeting the standards of proficiency to register with CORU.
It is possible to complete a programme of study outside the Republic of Ireland and still be eligible to work within the Republic of Ireland.
This is achievable through the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). The MRA, which comprises six professional Speech and Language Therapy associations (IASLT, ASHA, RCSLT, NZSTA, SAC-OAC and SPA) enables those who are recognised by one of the professional associations to be recognised by any of the professional associations.
Upon successful completion of an accredited course the newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist must first achieve recognition by their own professional body before applying for recognition by IASLT.
It is important to note that if your SLT qualification was obtained outside the Republic of Ireland it must first be recognised by CORU and registered with CORU before you can work as an SLT in Ireland.