How to become a Dyslexia/Dyscalculia assessor and APC renewal
Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)
An Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) recognises the knowledge and skills of specialist teachers who have followed an appropriate course of study (e.g. an AMBDA accredited course or a course recognised by SASC) and can demonstrate their professional competence in the assessment of specific learning difficulties/dyslexia.
As reports conducted at any age may be used for DSA purposes, it is recommended that all assessors should hold an APC, to future proof reports for dyslexic individuals so that no further assessment will be required.
An APC is valid for three years from the date of issue. APC holders must also hold a professional membership of the issuing body for the duration of the APC; the APC will be invalid should the membership lapse.
Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) is now the professional membership required for all those applying for and holding an APC issued by the BDA. Your APC will be invalid should your AMBDA lapse during the period of the APC.
Those holding an APC must commit to continuing professional development (CPD) and the BDA Code of Ethics. All APC holders are listed on the SASC list of assessors.
Who can apply for an APC with the BDA?
You can apply through the website. This is called Route 1
- If you have completed an AMBDA accredited course or equivalent within 5 years of application - see course list on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) website.
- Hold Associate Membership, AMBDA and maintain it for the duration of the APC
- Have read and agree to adhere to the BDA Code of Ethics
You should apply through Route 1 plus - R1+
- If you have completed an AMBDA accredited course more than 5 years from application - also see course list on the SASC website.
From 1st September 2023 applicants will need to submit the following:
- Proof of current full professional membership of their APC issuing body (AMBDA)
- A current CV to include details of relevant SpLD and assessment experience.
- A CPD log evidencing a minimum of 30 hours of relevant professional development over the previous 3 years. The CPD log will include:
- 1 - Evidence of 5 hours of SASC Authorised CPD. This is CPD that is authorised by SASC and listed through the SASC website. These SASC authorised CPD hours should not be updates on Access Arrangements, and
- 2 - Evidence of 25 hours CPD which may or may not be SASC authorised, i.e., 25 hours of supplementary CPD over the three-year period.
- A full diagnostic assessment report providing evidence of your independent assessment practice and produced within the last 18 months. The report must be fully anonymised.
- A full set of anonymised working papers i.e., scanned copies of all the test record forms used in the assessment, including copies of the assessee’s written responses. All working papers must be completed in ink, preferably black, legible and clearly record the date of assessment and the name of the assessor (examiner).
- A copy of your specialist SpLD Level 7 qualification.
- Confirm that you have read and agree to adhere to the BDA Code of Ethics
Applying for an APC
APC route 1 apply online via the application box on the right of this page.
- You will need to pay the fee of £180* via the credit/debit card link in the application process. *From 1st January 2024 this fee will rise to £210.
- If your employer/school is paying complete the invoice option in the application process
APC route 1 plus complete the APC R1+ application form and CPD log
- You will need to pay the £300 fee, payment details are on the application form.
- Email email@example.com, for a SharePoint link to upload your documents.
To renew an APC
If you have previously held an APC with the BDA or with any of the issuing bodies please visit the APC renewal page.