How to become a dyslexia assessor
Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA)
What is AMBDA?
Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) indicates a high standard of professional competence in both diagnostic assessment and teaching. AMBDA is now the professional membership required for all those applying for and holding an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) issued by the BDA. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) approves holders of AMBDA to formally assess and make recommendations for exam access arrangements.
The Department of Education (DfE) has announced that a Diagnostic Assessment conducted at any age, which results in a diagnosis of dyslexia, will now be accepted as part of an application for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). It is no longer necessary that a report is carried out post-16. A report will be accepted only if conducted and written by an assessor holding a valid Assessment Practising Certificate (APC), or by an HCPC-registered psychologist, at the time of the assessment.
As reports conducted at any age may be used for DSA purposes, it is recommended that all assessors should now hold an APC, so that no further diagnostic assessment will be required should the dyslexic individual wish to apply for DSA in the future.
You may still assess if you hold AMBDA and you do not hold an APC. However, you have a professional responsibility to alert parents/carers to the fact that your report will not be accepted as part of an application for DSA in the future. By agreeing to adhere to the Code of Ethics, you are acknowledging this responsibility.
|Face to Face Assessments|
If you are looking to carry out assessments at the current time, we need to refer you to the SASC guidance on their website. Assessors are recommended to send out their own risk assessment and follow all Government guidelines in regards to safe practices.
Update on Face to Face Assessments - 22nd October 2020
The BDA has made the decision to postpone assessments in areas which are highlighted by the Government as high alert or very high alert/Tier 2 or 3, where there is an increased risk of transmission. The BDA takes the health and safety of assessors and clients very seriously. The decision to postpone assessments takes into account the proximity of client and assessor during assessments done in person. Therefore, our advice to Professional Members is to check the Government guidelines in your area and make decisions around continuing professional activities, based on that guidance and your own personal circumstances.
AMBDA holders will receive the following benefits:
- BDA Dyslexia Contact magazine 3 times a year
- Discount on BDA conferences
- Discount on BDA eLearning training
- Professional Indemnity Insurance at members' rate through the Alan Boswell Group
- Eligible to join the BDA Tutor List
- Members' rate for the Dyslexia Journal published 4 times a year
- BDA e-newsletter
- Invitation to BDA AGM Members' Day
Who can apply for AMBDA?
Applicants can apply for AMBDA if they have successfully completed a postgraduate (Level 7) AMBDA accredited course or equivalent - see course list on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) website.
To apply for AMBDA
- Visit the AMBDA membership page and start your application
- Upload your signed AMBDA tutor form
- Read and adhere to the BDA Code of Ethics
- Pay the annual £70 membership fee
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
* courses marked with an asterisk also offer AMBDA FE/HE (Further and Higher Education) specialism
Gateway Qualifications have applied for BDA accreditation for ATS/APS and AMBDA programmes, confirmation of this accreditation will be published shortly.
Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bangor University of Wales
Bath Spa University
University of Birmingham (eLearning)
British Dyslexia Association (BDA) (blended learning)
Canterbury Christ Church University
University of Chester
Dyslexia Action (Middlesex University) (blended learning)
|Dyslexia Herts (Gateway)||Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy|
Edge Hill University
|Liverpool Hope University||Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)|
|University College London, Institute of Education||Post Graduate Diploma Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) with AMBDA|
|Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)||Post Graduate Diploma Specific Learning Difficulties|
University of South Wales
Oxford Brookes University
Stranmillis University College, Belfast (eLearning)
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
To renew your AMBDA
AMBDA is now an annual membership and we ask that you submit a CPD Log every three years to evidence your continued commitment to professional excellence. See Continuing Professional Development page.
Visit our Training pages to find out more about the CPD courses we offer.