General Construction Services
The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.
FAS are named as the Designated Authority for regulated occupations in construction in Schedule one of the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (2005/36/EC) Regulations 2008, S.I. 139 of 2008.
The FAS organisation was dissolved and a new organisation, SOLAS was established on the 27th October 2013. Section 38 of the Further Education and Training Bill 2013 outlines the transfer from FAS to SOLAS.
Section 38.—(1) (a) All functions (other than functions under the Act of 1987) that, immediately before the establishment day, were vested in the dissolved body are transferred to An tSeirbhís.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Unit was part of FAS, and have processed applications for recognition of qualifications under the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (2005/36/EC) Regulations 2008 since 2010. The CSCS Unit is now part of SOLAS and continues to process applications.
Please find link to SOLAS here.
Procedures for recognition of professional qualifications for providing construction services in Ireland
Applications for recognition of a person’s qualifications for regulated occupations in the construction and quarries industries must submit the required documents to SOLAS.
Applications are processed and applicants who meet the requirements complete an application form for the relevant registration card.
Information on fees and documentation to be submitted
Currently the fee is €23 for the registration card, but this is under review.
Documents to be submitted:
• Proof of nationality and legal establishment in an EU Member State
• Evidence of professional qualification (Copies of certificates - essential documents to be translated into English)
• Where the Profession is not regulated in the applicants home State, proof that the person has practiced the same profession/occupation for at least two years in the last ten years in their home state
• Completed application form
Completing procedures online
The relevant application form and documentation can be scanned and emailed to SOLAS.
Please find below relevant links for further information:
Providing cross border construction services in Ireland
The following provides general information on the procedures for construction workers established in other EU countries , intending providing cross border construction services in Ireland.
All further queries should be directed to the competent authority listed below.
The requirements for individuals intending to provide their professional services on a temporary or occasional basis in construction in Ireland where this service is regulated (see list below) in Ireland are as follows:
1. The applicant must be legally established in an EU Member State
2. The applicant must possess a relevant qualification
3. Where the profession is not regulated in the home state, they must have a minimum of two years’ experience in the last ten years working in their home state in the same profession.
4. The applicant must not be prohibited from practicing their profession in their established state
5. They must submit a signed declaration to the host State Designated Authority, (FÁS/SOLAS) before starting work and every year thereafter.
Documents to be submitted to SOLAS
a) Proof of nationality and legal establishment in an EU Member State.
b) Proof that they are not prohibited from carrying out their profession.
c) Evidence of professional qualification (Copies of certificates - essential documents to be translated into English)
d) Proof that the person practiced the same profession/occupation for at least two years in the last ten years in their home state.
e) Signed Declaration
List of regulated tasks/occupations included in CSCS & QSCS
Scaffolding - Basic 80 Excavator operations
Scaffolding -Advanced Excavator operations
Mobile Tower scaffold Mini Digger operations
Tower Crane operations Tractor Dozer operations
Self-erecting tower crane operations Front End Loader operations
Slinging/Signalling operations Slinging/Signalling operations
Telescopic Handler operations Telescopic Handler operations
Tractor/Dozer operations Mobile Crane operations
Mobile Crane operations Crawler Crane operations
Crawler Crane operations Articulated Dumper operations
Articulated Dumper operations Rigid Dump Truck operations
Site Dumper operations Site Dumper operations
180 Excavator operations Shotfiring operations
Mini-digger operations Explosives Supervisor operations
360 Excavator operations
Roof and wall cladding/sheeting;
Built-up roof felting;
Signing, lighting and guarding on roads
Locating under-ground services
Shotfiring operations (construction)
Assisting Health and Safety at Roadwork’s
Response time frame by SOLAS
Decisions are made, not later than one month after all documents have been received by SOLAS.
Relevant legislation applicable
- The Recognition of Professional Qualifications (2005/36/EC) Regulations 2008, S.I. 139 of 2008
- Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, S.I. 291 of 2013
- Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Quarries) Regulations 2008, S.I. 28 of 2008
Please find the relevant contact details for SOLAS below.
CSCS/QSCS Operations Unit,
27 – 33 Upper Baggot Street,
Tel: +353 (0)1 607 0500
Fax: +353 (0)1 607 0608