The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Apply for registration

There are a number of application forms available depending on who you are and the type of registration you require. To help you choose, we've outlined the various applications below.


For teachers not registered with GTC Scotland

Teachers who qualified in Scotland

If you were awarded a teaching qualification from a Scottish university in Primary or Secondary education, you may be eligible for registration. It is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered with us whilst teaching in a Scottish state school.

If you are a student currently undertaking your teaching course in a Scottish university, you will need to apply for registration first. Please note the application date for the 2017/18 teacher induction year has now passed. Please check the In2Teaching - Students site for more information. If you have any questions please contact studentadmin@gtcs.org.uk

To register with us, please request an application pack. This contains an Application for Registration with the Council to ensure that our records are correct and up to date.

You will be asked to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. If you were already a member of the scheme you will have an update processed, this is known as an Existing PVG Scheme Member Application.

If you have spent three months or more (in a single period) in a non UK country in the last ten years, we will also require an overseas police check.

Once the registration process is complete, you will receive confirmation of your registration with us and your registration number.

Have you let your registration lapse?

If you were fully registered

If you have been out of teaching and have allowed your registration to lapse, you will be required to re-register with us. It is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered with us whilst teaching in a Scottish state school.

To register with us, you can request an application pack. This contains an Application for Registration with the Council to ensure that our records are correct and up to date. You will be asked to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. If you ware already a member of the scheme you will have an update processed, this is known as an Existing PVG Scheme Member Application.

If you have spent three months or more (in a single period) in a non UK country in the last ten years, we will also require an overseas police check.

Once the registration process is complete, you will receive confirmation of your registration with us and your registration number will be reactivated.

If you were provisionally registered

If you have not been teaching during the lapsed period, it may be necessary for you to seek a reference from an appropriate manager recommending that you be restored to the register. In the absence of this you will be required to complete a Return to Teaching Course.

If you were provisionally registered with us at the time your registration lapsed and your time limit for obtaining Full Registration has expired, your application for restoration to the register may be considered by a Fitness to Teach Panel at a Subsequent Registration Application Hearing. Subsequent Registration Application Hearings are usually held in private and in order to re-register you will be required to demonstrate to the Panel that you are now fit to teach, with particular reference to your professional competence and what steps you have taken to keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date., If a Subsequent Registration Application Hearing is required in your case, you will be informed in writing.

If you have been working as a teacher during the lapsed period, you should arrange to have reports completed by your Headteacher as this information will be helpful to your application and, provided your application is successful, these references may be used towards meeting your probationary service requirements.

If you have completed a Return to Teaching Course you should provide evidence of successful award.

For teachers not currently registered with GTC Scotland

Teachers whose provisional registration was cancelled by a Panel

If your provisional registration was cancelled by a Fitness to Teach Panel (or, in the past, a Professional Standards Panel) and you were removed from the Register because you had failed to reach the required standard at the end of a period of probationary service, in order to be registered again, a re-registration application made by you (which is called a Subsequent Registration Application) needs to be considered by a Fitness to Teach Panel at a hearing. In order for you to be admitted to our Register, the Panel will need to be satisfied that you are now professionally fit to teach. The onus is on you to demonstrate as part of the application and hearing process that this is the case.

When you were removed from (or where you have already made a Subsequent Registration Application that has been unsuccessful, refused entry to) the Register, as part of the direction made by the Panel, you would have been told that you were prohibited from applying for re-registration for a set period of time. You cannot make a Subsequent Registration Application until that period has expired.

All applicants should view our Information for teachers removed via Fitness to Teach section to find out about the eligibility criteria and assessment process.

Application form and Guidance Notes

Once you have read the information and the required documentation, you can download the application form:

For teachers not currently registered with GTC Scotland

Teachers who were removed/refused via Fitness to Teach procedures, formally known as Conduct and Competence

If you were removed from, or refused entry to, GTC Scotland's Register of teachers by a Fitness to Teach Panel, what was formerly either the Disciplinary Sub-Committee or a Professional Standards Panel, in order to be registered again, your application which is called a Subsequent Registration Application needs to be considered by a Fitness to Teach Panel at a hearing. In order for you to be admitted to our Register, that Panel will need to be satisfied that you are now professionally fit to teach. The onus is on you to demonstrate as part of the application and hearing process that this is the case.

When you were removed from, or refused entry to, the Register, as part of the direction made by the Panel, you would have been told that you were prohibited from applying for registration or re-registration for a set period of time. You cannot make a Subsequent Registration Application until that period has expired.

All applicants should view our Information for teachers removed via Fitness to Teach section to find out about the eligibility criteria and assessment process.

Application form and Guidance Notes

Once you have read the information and the required documentation, you can download the application form:

For teachers not registered with GTC Scotland

College lecturers who qualified in Scotland

If you were awarded a Teaching Qualification (Further Education) from a Scottish University you may be eligible for registration.

If you are awarded registration in Further Education this does not mean that you will be able to teach in local authority primary or secondary schools. Registration in Primary Education or Secondary Education will not be awarded on the basis of a Teaching Qualification (Further Education).

For registered teachers

Applying for Professional Registration

If you would like to apply for an additional registration category via Professional Registration you will need to complete an application. Visit our professional registration pages for more information.

For teachers not currently registered with GTC Scotland

Teachers Qualified in the UK or Rest of World (not EU/EEA or Switzerland)

We welcome applications from teachers qualified in the UK or in the rest of the world. If you want to find out about the Assessment Process.

Before you start

Have you been qualified via a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in the UK and have been registered with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Education Workforce Council (EWC) or General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI)?

No - Find out more about applying for UK/ROW

Yes - Find out more about applying for Automatic Recognition

For teachers not registered with GTC Scotland

Teachers who are fully qualified in an EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or Switzerland

We welcome applications from teachers who are fully qualified teachers in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. If you want to find out about the Assessment Process.

Find out more about applying for EU/EEA or Switzerland

For teachers not registered with GTC Scotland

College lecturers who qualified in the UK or Rest of World (not EU/EEA or Switzerland)

We welcome applications from college lecturers qualified in the UK or the rest of the world. Before completing your application form, please make sure you have read the information about the assessment process.

Applications for registration from college lecturers qualified elsewhere in the UK or the rest of the world (not EU/EEA or Switzerland) are assessed against our Registration and Standard Rules and the Statement of Principles and Practice. These documents can be downloaded below:

If you are awarded registration in Further Education this does not mean that you will be allowed to teach in local authority primary and secondary schools in Scotland. Registration in Primary Education or Secondary Education will not be awarded on the basis of a Teaching Qualification (Further Education).

College lecturers who are fully qualified in an EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or Switzerland should complete the following application form.