Back again. I was in contact with FÁS directly - this is the email they sent me:
Thank you for your email and to let you know that at present the NRT is updating it’s registration and application system to The FAS Pre-Procurement Register of Trainers but this has not been finalised as yet. The new system, will focus on the following areas:
a)Reviewing the credentials, tax clearance and accreditations of each applicant Training Organisation - individual trainers will no longer be registered but can do so by forming a company or operate as sole trader.
b)Subject to approval, listing the organisation and its programmatic competency areas on the internal FAS database/register. The Training Organisations trainers will not be evaluated at this point.
It has been decided by FAS Management to accept no further applications until the new system is finalised which should be within the next couple of weeks.
It will be advertised in the National Newspapers and FAS website when available. We can only apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.
The trainer standards are as follows:
·Minimum 2 years relevant training experience
·Formal, subject-matter qualifications relevant to the programme or module being delivered – the trainer qualifications should be at least one clear step higher than the programme level
·Approved Training Qualification or acceptable equivalent
Please see above list of approved trainer qualifications and also essential trainer competencies list.
If you want to give me a call to clarify any of this please do so on 057-9126637
So individuals can no longer become NRT-registered trainers unless they are already employed, form their own company, or become a sole trader. I understand the system is in need of review, what with all the unregulated cowboys out there etc, but this does seem to make it very difficult for an individual trainer to become accredited in their own right.