Guidance on CPD for an APC

Continuing Professional Development is an integral part of professional practice and relates to the tracking and documenting of the skills, knowledge and experience gained, both formally and informally, beyond any initial training. 

Best practice continually evolves; sometimes at what might seem to be a fast and furious pace.  Keeping an up to date and detailed CPD log enables you to track your involvement in your profession and helps to ensure that you keep abreast of developments and that your practice meets current guidelines.  

It is important that your CPD is not simply a ‘list’ of activities but rather it should provide an overview of each activity and, most notably, a reflection on what you have learned and how it has impacted on your practice. 

Regularly updating your CPD log will enable you to:

  • have an overview of your professional development to date;
  • identify any gaps in your skills and capabilities; and
  • remind you of your achievements and how far you've progressed.

CPD Requirements for maintaining certificates

For the purpose of an Assessment Practising Certificate

For assessors who have had their 1st APC issued from 1st September 2018

a minimum of thirty hours over the last three years is required and a minimum of fifteen of the thirty hours must be delivered by SASC authorised providers.  The SASC approved CPD must be a minimum of 5 hours each year

To count towards meeting CPD requirements, the activity should be at an appropriate level and contribute to an SpLD assessor's general professional skill and knowledge. Time claimed for each activity should be realistic; time attributed to attendance at courses should not include the organised breaks (eg lunch hours); routine work is not considered to be CPD. 

To meet SASC guidelines for maintaining your Assessment Practising Certificate your CPD log should cover the following five areas:

A minimum of 15 Hours (Core) covering:

  • C 1 principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • C 2 SpLD testing methods, interpretation and test materials

A minimum of 15 Hours (Supplementary), may contain more of C1 and C2, above, in addition to:

  • S 1 changes in regulations and legislation relating to SpLDs
  • S 2 developments in SpLD research
  • S 3 approaches to teaching and support for SpLD

Mentoring is strongly recommended. Mentoring could be SASC authorised and meet some of the above required authorised hours. Mentoring could also be informal and be counted as fulfilling some of the rest of the CPD minimum requirements.

For 1st time renewals, 10 hours of the SASC authorised element of this CPD should be other than updates on Access Arrangements.

Your CPD log should provide evidence of each area.  Any SASC approved CPD entry (ie, C1 and C2) must be accompanied by the correct date of the course, its correct title and the relevant SASC reference. (The SASC reference can be found on the certificate of attendance and / or the SASC website listing of CPD activities  http://www.sasc.org.uk/Events.aspx). Please note: copies of certificates must be kept in case they are required for audit purposes. Patoss may request to see your CPD training record and portfolio of evidence at any time. You should retain your training record and portfolio of evidence on file for a period of at least six years.

Your log can be managed using My CPD accessed via logging in to your account in the members’ area of the Patoss website.  

For assessors who have had their 1st APC issued before 1st September 2018

a minimum of twenty hours over the last three years is required and a minimum of five of the twenty hours must be delivered by SASC authorised providers.  

To count towards meeting CPD requirements, the activity should be at an appropriate level and contribute to an SpLD assessor's general professional skill and knowledge. Time claimed for each activity should be realistic; time attributed to attendance at courses should not include the organised breaks (eg lunch hours); routine work is not considered to be CPD. 

To meet SASC guidelines for maintaining your Assessment Practising Certificate your CPD log should cover the following five areas:

A minimum of 5 Hours (Core) covering:

  • C 1 principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • C 2 SpLD testing methods, interpretation and test materials

A minimum of 15 Hours (Supplementary), may contain more of C1 and C2, above, in addition to:

  • S 1 changes in regulations and legislation relating to SpLDs
  • S 2 developments in SpLD research
  • S 3 approaches to teaching and support for SpLD

Your CPD log should provide evidence of each area.  Any SASC approved CPD entry (ie, C1 and C2) must be accompanied by the correct date of the course, its correct title and the relevant SASC reference. (The SASC reference can be found on the certificate of attendance and / or the SASC website listing of CPD activities  http://www.sasc.org.uk/Events.aspx). Please note: copies of certificates must be kept in case they are required for audit purposes. Patoss may request to see your CPD training record and portfolio of evidence at any time. You should retain your training record and portfolio of evidence on file for a period of at least six years.

Your log can be managed using My CPD accessed via logging in to your account in the members’ area of the Patoss website.  

SASC updated the requirements for assessors renewing their APCs for the 4th time on 6th April 2019.

 The following applies to any APC renewals submitted subsequent to 6th April 2019.

Assessors who are renewing their Assessment Practising Certificates for the 4th time will have reduced requirements for their renewal.  Having demonstrated commitment to, and evidenced, their professional practice by three successful renewals of their APC, on their fourth renewal assessors will no longer be required to submit a diagnostic assessment report.  

It is expected that assessors will continue to maintain their commitment to CPD and adherence to the codes of practice of their professional bodies.  Therefore, they will continue to submit a CPD log meeting SASC guidelines and pay the renewal fee.  

Assessors will be notified by their APC awarding body when they meet these conditions.

Guidance on CPD for 4th renewals

SASC sees it as important that:

a) assessors continue to pursue professional development in assessment and report writing and,

b) their CPD logs should include sufficient reflection and impact.

CPD covered in the period should address all 5 areas:

  • Core 1 (C1) principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • Core 2 (C2) SpLD testing methods, interpretation and test materials
  • Supplementary 1 (S1) changes in regulations and legislation relating to SpLDs
  • Supplementary 2 (S2) developments in SpLD research
  • Supplementary 3 (S3) approaches to teaching and support for SpLD

The SASC authorised element of this CPD for the 4th APC renewal should be other than updates on Access Arrangements. 

SASC has notified all APC issuing bodies that by July 2020, those who are renewing their APC for the 4th time will need to have completed SASC authorised training in the New Report Format and provide evidence of this to their issuing body to maintain the validity of their APC.

If you have already attended SASC Authorised training in the New Report Format so have fulfilled this requirement please note your attendance in your CPD log in the normal way.

If at the time of renewal you have not completed this training you will have to do so and send a copy of the certificate of attendance to Patoss and enter the information in your CPD log in the normal way by July 2020 to maintain the validity of your APC.

The Assessment Practising Certificate is a licence to practise in this important area and, within the profession and beyond, the letters APC confirm the quality of professional practice.  Therefore, there is the expectation that those holding an APC maintain their commitment to and remain current in diagnostic assessment and reporting skills through relevant continuing professional development and practice.  Evidence of this commitment must be demonstrated in the submitted CPD.

For the purpose of a Teaching Practising Certificate

a minimum of 20 hours CPD activity within the last three years, including reflection on what has been learned and the impact on your practice.  Activities undertaken here can also count toward CPD credit for an Assessment Practising Certificate. (For those jointly applying for an APC this CPD log minimum rises to a total of 25 hours - the other requirements of the APC stand.)  

Your log can be managed using My CPD accessed via logging in to your account in the members’ area of the Patoss website.  

Examples of activities which could count towards CPD credit

Structured CPD can include attending a training course, conference, workshop, seminar, lecture, e-learning course or CPD certified event.  Self-directed CPD covers: reading of documents, articles and publications (either in print or online); reading relevant publications, books by leading professionals; reading industry journals, such as the Patoss Bulletin; keeping abreast of updates on the SASC and Patoss websites.

All CPD must result in a reflective analysis on what has been learned and how the material may impact on practice.

  • Participation in courses: Preparing, delivering, and/or attending courses that are of particular relevance and benefit to an individual's area of work, and are a minimum of 60 minutes in length.
  • Coaching and mentoring sessions delivered face to face: Structured coaching sessions and structured mentoring sessions involving professional development, delivered face to face, of 30 minutes or more in length. These must have written aims and objectives, and a documented outcome. 
  • Coaching and mentoring sessions delivered from a distance: Structured coaching sessions and structured mentoring sessions involving professional development, delivered from a distance (eg by telephone, e-mail or skype), of 30 minutes or more in length. These must have written aims and objectives, and a documented outcome.
  • Writing on assessment or practice: For example, articles for journals, publications for in-house guidance, newspapers, the internet.
  • Work shadowing: Participation in structured work shadowing schemes with clear aims and objectives and requiring feedback or reflection on the shadowing activity.
  • Research: Research that relates to SpLD assessment and practice topics or has relevance to the practice/organisation and which results in some form of written document, presentation, questionnaire/survey, etc. 
  • Reading on SpLD assessment and practice topics: Reading on topics which inform practice, e.g. test manuals, books, professional journals, articles from the internet.
  • Listening to / watching audio / visual material on topics which inform practice.
  • Production of a dissertation: Study for or production of a dissertation counting towards a qualification recognised by Patoss.
  • Distance learning courses where there is provision for the answering of enquiries or for discussion: Distance-learning courses may be delivered by correspondence, DVD, video and audio cassettes, television or radio broadcasts and computer-based learning programmes
  • Preparation and delivery of training courses forming part of the process of SpLD assessment qualification or CPD training.
  • Participating in the development of specialist areas of SpLD assessment and practice by attending meetings of specialist committees and/or working parties of relevant professional or other competent bodies charged with such work
  • Study towards professional qualifications: Evidence of successful completion of course must be provided.

Remember: All CPD must result in a reflective analysis on what has been learned and how the material might impact on practice.  For every entry, it will be important to keep the following three questions in mind when completing your log:

  1. What have you learned?
  2. What would you change as a result?
  3. What has been the impact on your practice?

Your log can be managed using My CPD accessed via logging in to your account in the members’ area of the Patoss website.