The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965


It is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish state school to be registered with GTC Scotland. Being registered not only allows an individual to teach but it also provides assurances to employers, parents and children that teachers meet a national standard of teaching.

Our Registration Services Deparment is responsible for processing thousands of applications each year from students, those returning to teaching and teachers qualified outside Scotland.

If you are a student currently undertaking your teaching course in a Scottish university, you will need to apply for registration first. Please check the In2Teaching - Students site for more information. If you have any questions please contact

The cost to register includes:

Anyone seeking to work with children or protected adults must apply to join the PVG Scheme in order to be eligible to take up a post either in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Once you are registered there is an Annual Registration Fee, currently £65, which is due for payment each April/May.


To be eligible for registration in Scotland, you must have a relevant degree and a recognised teaching qualification at SCQF level 9 or above.

Apply for registration

Our Registration Services Department is responsible for processing thousands of applications each year from students, those returning to teaching and teachers qualified outside Scotland. Apply for registration.

Qualified outside Scotland

We welcome applications for registration from teachers who have qualified outside of Scotland and would like to teach in Scotland and have produced a range of useful and important information on the requirements for registration.

Register of Teachers

One of our core responsibilities is to maintain a Register of teachers in Scotland. Our database contains the name, contact details, registration number, registration status, and qualifications of every teacher qualified to teach in a local authority school in Scotland.

Update your details

It is a registration requirement to notify us of any changes to your name and/ or contact details.


For further information, please contact our Registration Services Department on:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000


PVG Scheme and Overseas Checks

Any teacher applying for registration must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Teachers qualified outside Scotland should submit overseas criminal record checks.

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Returning to teaching

If you have been out of teaching for a while and have allowed your registration to lapse, you will be required to re-register with us before returning to the classroom.

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Independent Schools Registration

The Education (Scotland) Bill is currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament and will require Independent school teachers to register.

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Professional Registration

Professional Registration allows fully registered teachers to gain registration in another subject area or sector.

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