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.

See Courses Leading to a Practising Certificate 

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.

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.

Qualification obtained 5 or more years ago: 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.) 

 

  • 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 …. Link to CPD info
  • 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 form ….Link to application form
  • A fee of £240 (to include the SASC listing fee of £30).

*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:

Simplified SASC Assessment Practising Certificate Report Criteria

https://sasc.org.uk/SASCDocuments/SASC%20Assessment%20Practising%20Certificate%20Report%20Criteria-Dec%2019.pdf

Reports written from July 2020 onwards must use the new report format, see links below

Report ProFormas and Accompanying Guidance - June 2019

https://sasc.org.uk/SASCDocuments/FINAL%20SASC%20Report%20Formats%20Additional%20Guidance%20June19.pdf

https://sasc.org.uk/SASCDocuments/FINAL%20Post-16%20Diagnostic%20Assessment%20Report%20Format%20June%2019.pdf

https://sasc.org.uk/SASCDocuments/FINAL%20Pre-16%20Years%20Diagnostic%20Assessment%20Report%20Format%20June%2019.pdf

Reports written before July 2020 but after June 2019 can use either the new report proforma or the  November 2017 revised report proforma, see link below

http://www.sasc.org.uk/SASCDocuments/Report%20ProForma%20Guidance%20-revised%20November%202017.pdf

REVISED Test guidelines September 2018

https://sasc.org.uk/SASCDocuments/Revised%20Test%20Guidelines-Sept%202018.pdf

 

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

 

The following evidence must be supplied with your application.

 Click here to apply Assessment Practising Certificate