Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)

An Assessment Practising Certificate underpins a specialist teacher’s qualifications and competence to undertake full diagnostic assessments for Dyslexia / Specific Learning Difficulties. 

Award of the APC depends upon professional practice being externally verified as meeting the defined standards for the diagnostic assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) as set by the SASC, the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee.  SASC seeks to extend the principles of good practice contained in the DfES Guidelines across all age ranges and throughout the profession.  All APC holders are listed on the SASC website

As well as recognising professional achievement, the APC also endorses the holder’s commitment to continuing professional development (CPD).  Those wishing to hold or renew a Practising Certificate will be required to demonstrate this commitment by showing how they have regularly updated their professional skills and competence through study, professional discussion, training and practice.  Details of requirements for planning and maintaining continuing professional development in support of the SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate can be found on this page.

Guidance on CPD for an APC

Holding an APC is considered good practice and desirable for specialist teachers who assess at all levels.  It is a requirement of the Department for Education that specialist teachers who carry out assessments for eligibility for the Disabled Student Allowances hold a current APC at the time of assessment.  The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) also recognises an APC for the purposes of specialist assessment for Examination Access Arrangements. 

An APC licence is valid for three years and is dependent upon professional membership of an APC awarding body. Membership must be maintained throughout the licence period.  Patoss is a major provider of APCs and provides a substantial range of training, assessment guidance and resource, is a widely recognised professional association for specialist teachers and an SpLD Assessment Standards Committee [SASC] Authorised CPD Provider.