How to apply to become a PIP

The following Regulations set out the qualification criteria, authorisation requirements and regulatory standards that must be met for an individual to be authorised to carry on the practice of a Personal Insolvency Practitioner:



An individual may make an application to carry on practice as a Personal Insolvency Practitioner if that individual:



Before an individual will be allowed to carry on the practice of a Personal Insolvency Practitioner, the individual must satisfy the ISI that he or she:

Practitioners will be expected to meet a number of other standards, including fitness and probity and as part of the authorisation process applicants will be invited to meet with the Insolvency Service (ISI) Regulation Division.


A practitioner will be dealing with people in vulnerable situations. They will also be expected to engage and negotiate with creditors effectively, make reasonable proposals on behalf of debtors, and manage creditors meetings.  As such, they will be expected to have the necessary people, communication, judgement and negotiation skills, in addition to their qualifications. It is an integral part of the process that practitioners are both honest and independent in their approach in reaching debt solutions.


What do you need to know to carry out your role as a practitioner?

The ISI would expect that on completion of a course, that meets the requirements of the ISI, a prospective practitioner should be in a position to:


Continuous Professional Development
The ISI has developed a continuous professional development (CPD) scheme for personal insolvency practitioners.  The purpose of the CPD scheme is to ensure that, on an ongoing basis, practitioners are competent and capable of undertaking the role of a Personal Insolvency Practitioner and keep themselves up to date with current relevant legislation, regulations and guidance.

Each practitioner is responsible for keeping his or her own records in relation to CPD undertaken.

Each practitioner is also obliged to make an annual return by 31 January every year. 


Where can I find a course?

The ISI continues to work with City Colleges to ensure that courses are in place to accommodate applicants wishing to become practitioners. The aim of this course is to ensure that future practitioners have a detailed knowledge of the law and its requirements but also an understanding of how to assist people who are insolvent.


If you intend to make an application to become a Practitioner

Before making your application you should first make yourself familiar with the requirements set out in the following:

How to make an application

You will need to log onto the ISI's portal system here which is supported by Chrome or Firefox and create an account. This will give you access to our systems to allow you to make your application. The Portal is designed to deliver a secure communication channel between the ISI and Personal Insolvency Practitioners applicants.

You shall inform the ISI of any changes to the information provided in the application form during the application process.

The ISI will not commence the processing of any application if it is not complete in all respects. Applications will be treated as incomplete unless all questions raised in the application form are fully answered and all applicable supporting documentation has been received by the ISI.  Incomplete applications may be returned to you as invalid.


Supporting Documentation

The following documentation must accompany your application when it is submitted:


The application fee for authorisation as a Practitioner is €1,500. The renewal fee is €1,000. Currently the ISI is authorising Practitioners for a period of three years. There is no ongoing fee for supervision.


To apply to be a Practitioner click here

Please note that the links are supported by Chrome and Firefox browsers and that it can take up to thirty minutes to receive your account activation notice, once you have registered.

How to contact us

If you have any queries in relation to the application form, or other Regulation queries please contact us through the online messaging option.

Telephone: 01 764 4200

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are working remotely - please email with any queries.