How to Gain a Patoss APC

To gain a Patoss APC you will need to be a qualified specialist teacher/assessor, be a current member of Patoss and 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, may apply directly for Full Membership and an Assessment Practising Certificate.

In March 2019 the Department for Education confirmed that SpLD diagnostic assessments used for DSAs purposes are to have been carried out by APC holders or HCPC-registered psychologists and that this will be the case regardless of the age of the learner at the time of assessment.  With the advent of the removal of the age limit on the student’s age at the time of diagnostic assessment, reports produced by holders of an APC or HCPC registration will have a longer lifespan.

Patoss recognises there may be qualified practitioners who have never applied for an APC, because they have not required one, previously having assessed learners below the age of 16 years.  It is now recommended that all assessors should hold an APC, to future proof assessments for people who have dyslexia, so that no further diagnostic assessment would be required should they wish to apply for DSA in the future.

 Following these new guidelines, SASC has authorised Patoss to grant new APCs regardless of when an assessor completed their specialist teacher assessor qualification, on the basis of that qualification alone.  This pathway will be available for a limited period – only through March 2020.

See Courses Leading to a Practising Certificate 

  • This opportunity is available to those who will be obtaining an APC for the first time
  • It does not apply to members who already hold a valid APC with another issuing body or to those whose APCs have expired.

To gain a Patoss APC the following evidence is required with your application.

  • A copy of your specialist SpLD Level 7 qualification
  • 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 £180 (to include the SASC listing fee of £30) 

You will then be under the SASC umbrella for new APC holders and continue your professional assessment practice development.  Over the first 3 years you hold your APC you will be required to complete the following 30 hours of CPD as follows:

  •  5 hours of SASC Authorised CPD each year; ie 15 hours over the three year period. This is CPD that is authorised by SASC and listed through the SASC website. Of these 15 SASC authorised CPD hours, 10 hours should be other than updates on Access Arrangements.
  •  5 hours CPD, each year which may not be SASC authorised; ie 15 hours of supplementary CPD over the three year period.

Additionally, SASC recommends some of this CPD be mentoring so new assessors can have an opportunity for focused work relating to developing their individual assessment and reflective practice.  See the Patoss mentoring page for more information.


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