How to Gain a Patoss APC

There are different routes to obtaining an APC: the type of qualification held and the date it was awarded will determine the appropriate route.  

Whichever route you take, you will need to be a qualified specialist teacher/assessor.  All routes require that you are a current member of Patoss and that you abide by our code of ethics.  You must also ensure that your Patoss membership is maintained throughout the licence period; if your membership lapses, your APC will not be valid.

Individuals who have an accredited postgraduate qualification in SpLD teaching and assessment, including observed teaching and assessment practice, awarded within the last five years may apply directly for Full Membership and an Assessment Practising Certificate.

See Courses Leading to a Practising Certificate 

The following evidence is required with your application.

  • A copy of your specialist SpLD Level 7 qualification gained within the last 5 years
  • Current full membership of Patoss
  • Confirmation that you have read and agree to abide by the Patoss Code of Ethics
  • Confirmation that you have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions
  • A completed application - please log into your members account to apply
  • A fee of £165 (to include the SASC listing fee of £15) 

For individuals who have a post graduate qualification in SpLD teaching and assessment awarded over 5 years ago. This qualification meets the requirement for Full Membership of Patoss, AMBDA or the equivalent, as do qualifications which have been approved by SASC (SpLD Assessment Standards Committee)

See Courses Leading to a Practising Certificate

The following evidence must be supplied with your application.

  • Current full membership of Patoss.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae to include details of relevant assessment experience.
  • 2 testimonials from current/past employer or professional colleague who can confirm the validity of the recent aspects of your employment history and can knowledgeably comment on the quality of your assessment practice. For those applicants working independently, a professional colleague does not necessarily have to be a person with whom they work directly but someone who is aware of their practice.  Testimonials should be signed, dated and on headed paper and must relate to assessment practice within the last 5 years at a minimum.  The contact details of those providing the testimonials should also be supplied. They may be contacted as part of the Patoss audit process.
  • A CPD log evidencing relevant professional development over the last 3 years …. Guidance on CPD for an APC
  • A full *diagnostic assessment report providing evidence of your independent assessment practice and produced within the last 18 months. The report must be fully anonymised.
  • Confirmation that you have read and agree to abide by the Patoss Code of Ethics.
  • Confirmation that you have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • A copy of your specialist SpLD Level 7 qualification.
  • A completed application - please log into your members account to apply
  • A fee of £240 (to include the SASC listing fee of £15).

Diagnostic assessment reports submitted in support of an APC will be reviewed against current and well established best practice including the SASC Guidelines for the review of an APC.  For applicants applying via this route we strongly recommend that prior to submitting their application they consult the following SASC documents:

Patoss members can access further supporting documents on the Patoss website under Assessor Resources via individual accounts. These documents are highly recommended.  

 

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