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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 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 the 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.


AMBDA holders receive these following benefits:

CPD verified every three years on the anniversary of membership
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 (online)
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 SASC website - within 3 years of successfully completing their course

To apply for AMBDA visit the AMBDA membership page and start your application

AMBDA Courses


* courses marked with an asterisk also offer AMBDA FE/HE (Further and Higher Education) specialism

Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bangor University of WalesAdvanced Certificate of Further Professional Studies in SpLD (Dyslexia) AMBDA *
Bath Spa UniversitySpecific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia
University of Birmingham (eLearning)Language, Literacies and Dyslexia Post Graduate Diploma *
British Dyslexia Association (BDA) (blended learning)Level 7 Diploma in Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention
Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySpecialist Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty:Dyslexia *
University of ChesterDyslexia Research and Practice *
Dyscalculia Research and Practice
St Patrick’s College, Dublin City UniversityMEd in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
Dyslexia Action (blended learning)Level 7 Professional Diploma Dyslexia and Literacy *

Level 7 Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy *

Dyslexia Herts (Gateway)Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy
Edge Hill UniversityPostgraduate Certificate Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) with AMBDA *

PGDip Education (Dyscalculia)

Leicester City/Derby UniversityTeaching and Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia); contact SENDSS@leicester.gov.uk for further information
Liverpool Hope UniversityPost Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
University College LondonPost Graduate Diploma Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) with AMBDA
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)Post Graduate Diploma Specific Learning Difficulties
University of South WalesPostgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties *
Oxford Brookes UniversityPostgraduate Certificate Education - Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties
Stranmillis University College, Belfast (eLearning)Master of Education (MEd) Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties

Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN and Access Arrangements

Wrexham Glyndŵr UniversityMA Education (Additional Learning Needs - Dyslexia)


To maintain AMBDA


AMBDA is an annual membership and you should submit a CPD Log every three years to evidence your continued commitment to professional excellence. See Continuing Professional Development page.