A primary concern of the BDA is that the professional help available to people with dyslexia, of all ages and abilities, should be of a consistent high quality. Holders of AMBDA accreditation are recognised as Specialists in Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) qualified to conduct specialist diagnostic assessments; Exam Access Arrangements and to deliver Specialist Teaching programmes to learners with Dyslexia/SpLD up to and including 18 years of age.

The JCQ Access Arrangements criteria for a Specialist Assessor map onto those for AMBDA. Therefore, holders of AMBDA have the right to assess for,and diagnose Dyslexia/SpLDs and make recommendations for Exam Access Arrangements (EAA). 

AMBDA, applicants can also apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)  at the same time, without additional training, if applying within five years of successfully completing an AMBDA accredited course.

 AMBDA  is now a professional membership, and must be kept in place for the duration of an Assessment Practising Certificate

 AMBDA Accredited Courses

The BDA  accredits post graduate Level 7 courses through universities and other course providers. Most AMBDA courses cover teaching in the first year and assessment in the second year.

AMBDA Accredited Courses

Who can apply for AMBDA?

Applicants can apply for AMBDA if they have successfully completed a postgraduate (Level7) AMBDA accredited course or equivalent - see course list on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) website. 

Applicants must have a minimum of two years (1900 hours) teaching experience working with learners up to, and including ,18 years of age. This can be full-time or equivalent total periods of part-time professional posts; and 

  • Submit a hand-signed AMBDA Candidate form and a SIGNED AMBDA Tutor form
  • or a copy of their post graduate Level 7 SpLD certificate
  • Pay the annual £70 membership fee
  • read and adhere to the BDA Code of Ethics

Forms and fees

•   AMBDA Candidate Form
•   AMBDA Tutor Form      

The fee for AMBDA is £70 paid annually . Please pay the initial fee with the application, and complete the direct debit instruction. Payment options are on the candidate form. If an organisation  is paying the fee complete the invoice form and include with the application.

Please note that payment is taken on receipt of application

Contact us

Accreditation, BDA, 6a Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell, RG12 7BW