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. Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling University of Limerick (recognised up to 2013)

The following courses are under review.
1. Master in Education (Educational Guidance and Counselling) TCD commenced 2011
2. Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling (NUI Maynooth) commenced 2013
3. M.A Guidance Counselling & Lifespan development (University of Limerick) commenced 2012
4. MAAP Guidance Counselling (NUI Cork) commenced 2012

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.
Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance and Counselling) and Postgraduate diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance and Counselling).

All courses currently accepted for membership of the IGC,will be reviewed every three 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 


1. Knowledge

Role and functions of the guidance counsellor (managing the guidance service)

Career development and the nature of work    24 hours

The Psychology of Human Development and Behaviour   24 hours

Counselling theory       24 hours

Professional issues (e.g. ethics, record keeping)   12 hours

Multicultural, Special Educational needs and equality issues  6 hours

Guidance programme planning / Whole school planning   6 hours

2. Skills Development

Guidance skills development      24 hours

Counselling skills development      24 hours

Experiential group work      24 hours

Psychometric testing       30 hours

Information management and systems     12 hours

Personal growth/development, which should include personal counselling.       12 hours

3. Field Practice

Guidance practice and supervision.     24 hours

Counselling practice and supervision.     24 hours

Appropriate placements       48 hours

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