General Teaching Council Northern Ireland

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I am a substitute/supply teacher, do I need to register?

All teachers, working in grant-aided schools need to register with the GTCNI, even if you only work on a substitute / supply basis.

Should you wish to be employed as a substitute teacher you must also be registered with the Northern Ireland Substitute Teachers Register (NISTR), a free register which is maintained and operated by the Belfast Education Library Board (BELB). Criminal records checks carried out by NISTR can take a minimum of 8 weeks; therefore it is advisable that you apply to register with them as early as possible. You can register with NISTR by visiting their website: or by contacting them on Tel 028 9056 4000 ext 4427. Please note that registration with GTCNI is required in order to join NISTR.


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