Certificate in Religious Studies

Certificate in Religious Studies

Do I need a Certificate in Religious Education to teach in a Catholic school in Northern Ireland?

Applicants must hold a recognised Certificate in Religious Education for application to Primary schools (only).

Where can I get a certificate from?

You will need to undertake a religious certificate course in order to get a certificate. There are various courses available. To see where they are available please click here.

How much do these courses cost?

Each course is between £400 and £600 and is self-funded.

How long do they take?

Courses normally take between 12 and 18 months

Do I need to complete the course before taking up a teaching appointment?

The course must be completed before taking up appointment. While it is permissible to apply for positions whilst studying for the certificate, you are required to have the certificate upon taking up appointment. The certificate is only required for Primary School posts.

How do I know that the Certificate in Religious Education that I have obtained is recognised by CCMS?

To find a comprehensive list of all the Catholic colleges in higher education which award the Certificate in Religious Education recognised by church authorities, please click here

Also check out the information on - Recognition of Qualifications to Teach Catholic Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools on the Island of Ireland - here.

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