Pedagogical-professional services are provided by the Educational Authority and its regional units, the Pedagogical Education Centres, within the framework of the state public education service. In the case of church educational institutions, the church Pedagogical Institutions, and in the case of institutions run by universities, the university Pedagogical Institutions are the providers. Professional support for VET institutions is provided by the Innovative Training Support Centre.
Consultants assist the activities of educational institutions, maintainers, heads, their deputies and teachers. The consultant shall help teachers in their work (their subject or specific pedagogical field), shall give opinions, organize consultations, in-service trainings and professional forums.
The consultant performs his/her duties under the central professional management. Criteria for consultants are to obtain a higher education degree and a professional qualification required for the position of a teacher, a successful post-graduate specialist teaching examination and at least 10 years of professional experience as a teacher. In addition to the above mentioned, he/she has to successfully complete the in-service teacher training organised by the Educational Authority. Furthermore, for some specific fields, additional conditions are stated in the ministerial decree 48/2012. (XII.12.) on the Pedagogical Professional Services and on the Institutions that Provide Pedagogical Professional Services and on the Requirements of Participation in Pedagogical Professional Services (10-15. §).
There are 27 fields of consultancy activities (mathematics or physics subject care specialty, teacher specialty, kindergarten teacher specialty, pedagogical evaluation specialty, institution development specialty, etc.). The Educational Authority maintains a register of consultants. The consultant is assigned by the Educational Authority or the Pedagogical Institute. Pursuant to legal regulations, the Educational Authority may only appoint consultants with a master teacher degree. The master teacher consultant receives a working time allowance (as defined in the government decree 326/2013. (VIII.30.) on the Teacher Promotion System and on the Implementation of the Act XXXIII of 1992 on the Legal Status of Public Servants in Public Education Institutions (17/A §), and an exemption from work at least one teaching day per teaching week. In addition, the consultant is entitled for reimbursement of his/her legitimate expenses (e.g. travel expenses).