Professional Accreditation

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

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 application form and submit along with a signed Tutor Form from their course leader (if necessary) and send to the Accreditation Officer at the BDA. We aim to process first applications in four to six weeks; 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 themselves 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. 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









AMBDA Individual Merit



Stage 1 £150- ATS/APS

Stage 2 £240 - AMBDA

Stage 3 £165 - APC






APC Route 1


Includes £15 SASC fee 

APC Route 1 Plus £240 £165 plus £75 for marking of assessment report . Includes £15 SASC fee

APC Route 2


£390 for processing application and report marking; £165 APC fee , includes £15 SASC fee 

APC Route 3


Includes £15 SASC fee 

APC Renewal



Includes £15 SASC fee 

Submission of second report 






If a first report does not meet the SASC required standard, a second report may be asked for

Student Professional Membership

£25 annually

Available to students studying on a BDA accredited course for the duration of the course

Professional Membership




BDA online Tutor & Assessor Directory                                     


£68 annually




£15 annually                                



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


For those holding BDA Professional Membership              


Prices correct as of  1st January 2018 and may be subject to change.

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

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Accreditation, British Dyslexia Association, 6a Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell, RG12 7BW