Professional Accreditation

The BDA offers a range of professional accreditations for teaching and assessing children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)/Dyslexia

Teachers and assessors will need to prove that they can meet the criteria laid down by the BDA Accreditation Board; all accreditations can be gained on the successful completion of a BDA accredited course or equivalent.

These accreditations are Approved Teacher/Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) for the teaching of those with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia;, Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) is for Specialist Teachers qualified to diagnose those with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia; Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) for Specialist Teachers also needing to assess for DSA purposes; Accredited Learning Support Assistant (ALSA) to provide support in the classroom for children with Dyslexia. There is also the Teaching Practising Certificate (TPC) which is peer reviewed

Applicants wishing to apply for any of these accreditations must complete the relevant candidate form and submit it along with a signed Tutor Form from their course leader, and payment, to the Accreditation Officer at the BDA. We aim to process first applications within a calendar month; however it may be necessary to refer applications to the BDA Accreditation Board which meets twice a year, around March and September. Applicants will receive a certificate for the appropriate accreditation.

Once an accreditation is awarded applicants are expected to keep their accreditation up to date with current thinking and practices and submit a continual professional development portfolio to the BDA every three years on the anniversary of their award. In all cases these CPD portfolios are assessed by the BDA. Accreditation Board and  a CPD certificate will be issued on successful submission. 

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Please refer back to your course provider for information on how to apply 




ATS/APS & ATS FE/HE  Individual Merit






Submitting CPD for AMBDA/ATS 






APC Route 1

£180 from 1st April 2019

Includes £30 fee from 1st April 2019

APC Renewal


£180 from 1st April 2019

Includes £30 SASC fee from 1st April 2019

Submission of second report 






If a first report does not meet the standard required by SASC, a second report may be asked for, for which there is a remarking fee

Student Professional Membership

£25 annually

Available to students studying on a BDA accredited course for the duration of the course (2 years)

Professional Membership



BDA online Tutor Directory                                    

£68 annually




£15 annually                                


A requirement for holding APC and TPC;  and the BDA online Tutor Directory 


For those holding BDA Professional Membership              

Prices correct as of  25th march 2019 and may be subject to change.

Please note: the cost of a replacement certificate is £25 per certificate.

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