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Criteria For Admission To Membership Of The Institute Of Guidance Counsellors

Membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors is open to those individuals who have successfully completed a programme of study recognised by the Institute for the purpose of admission to membership.

The Institute recognises two strands through which individuals can obtain membership.

1.    The first of these strands admits to membership graduates of professional training programmes constituted to prepare individuals to work as Guidance Counsellors in second level and further and higher education and in other sectors.

2.    The second strand admits to membership graduates of programmes constituted to work with adults in a guidance counselling role

Both strands admit suitably qualified applicants to full membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, upon successful completion of their separate course. Such membership does not of itself confer any employment rights in specific Guidance Counselling roles given that  employers may lay down a range of other qualification requirements for employment in their specific sector.


The Institute recognises the following Irish Guidance Counselling programmes being offered by third level institutions as meeting its entry requirements.

  1. M.Sc. in Guidance and Counselling DCU (2007-present)
  2. M.A Guidance Counselling & Lifespan development (University of Limerick) commenced 2012
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling (NUI Maynooth) commenced 2013
  4. MA Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) (NUI Cork) commenced 2012

The following course is under review.

  1. M.Ed. Guidance and Counselling (TCD) commenced 2015

Adult Guidance

The Institute recognises the following Irish Guidance Counselling programme currently being offered by NUI Maynooth as meeting its entry requirements for those seeking employment in an adult Guidance role.

All courses currently accepted for membership of the IGC,will be reviewed every 5 years.
Individuals presenting qualifications obtained from colleges in other jurisdictions will have to fulfil a basket of entry requirements,which must include the following core generic 

Component Hours

1. Knowledge   

Role and functions of the guidance counsellor (managing the guidance service)   
Career development and the nature of work   
The Psychology of Human Development and Behaviour   
Counselling theory   
Professional issues (e.g. ethics, record keeping)   
Multicultural, Special Educational needs and equality issues   
Guidance programme planning / Whole school planning   

2. Skills Development   

Guidance skills development   
Counselling skills development   
Experiential group work   
Psychometric testing   
Information management and systems   
Personal growth/development, which should include personal counselling.   

3. Field Practice   

Guidance practice and supervision.   
Counselling practice and supervision.   
Appropriate placements