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.
Both strands admit suitably qualified applicants to full membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, upon successful completion of their separate courses. Such membership does not of itself confer any employment rights, in specific Guidance and Counselling roles, given that employers of Guidance and Counselling graduates may lay down a range of other qualification requirements, for employment in their specific sector.
The institute recognises the following Irish Guidance and Counselling programmes, currently being offered by third level institutions, as meeting its entry requirements, for those seeking employment in education settings.
Higher Diploma in School Guidance and Counselling (NUI Maynooth)
Masters in Guidance Counsellling (NUI Cork)
Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling (University of Limerick)
Masters of Education - Guidance and Counselling (Trinity College Dublin)
M.Sc. in Educational Guidance and Counselling - Mode B (Trinity College)
The institute recognises the following Irish Guidance and Counselling programme, currently being offered, by NUI Maynooth, as meeting its entry requirements, for those seeking employment in an adult guidance role.
Higher Diploma/Diploma in Adult Guidance (NUI Maynooth)
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 generic core components.
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