Section 481 Skills Development Requirement

All applications to the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht (“the Department”) for a Section 481 Certificate must include a TAB F Skills Development Plan. For all projects with eligible expenditure in excess of €2million, a copy of the TAB F Skills Development Plan should also be submitted to Screen Ireland for approval. This copy of the TAB F Skills Development Plan must be submitted to Screen Ireland at least 21 working days prior to the commencement of the Irish production or on the same date as the application for certification under Section 481 Taxes Consolidated Act 1997 is submitted to the Department. (For the avoidance of doubt, applicants are reminded that they are required to submit the TAB F Skills Development Plan to the Department as part of the application under Section 481).  

Screen Ireland and Screen Skills Ireland will review the TAB F Skills Development Plan and may seek changes, especially in relation to specific skills deficits and priority roles that have been identified in the Screen Skills Ireland annual Skills Needs Analysis report, that will be updated on a regular basis. 

The applicant must be the Producer Company. 

Once the TAB F Skills Development Plan is received by Screen Ireland/Screen Skills Ireland, the Department will be notified by Screen Skills Ireland. Once the application is approved Screen Ireland will issue a Letter of Approval of the TAB F Skills Development Plan which must then be submitted to the Department to allow the Department to finalise its assessment of the application.  

The Producer Company will be required to furnish a full Quality Assurance Compliance report and the final version of the TAB Z table to Screen Ireland in order to receive a final compliance confirmation from Screen Ireland. 

If this is your first application, it is advisable to make an appointment to meet with one of the relevant Screen Skills Ireland team to discuss the TAB F Skills Development Plan for your production in advance of completing an application. Please contact to request a meeting. 

See below for links to download the TAB F Skills Development Plan Application Form; the Guiding Principles support document; and the Quality Assurance Compliance Report. To request Irish Language versions of these forms please email