Icons & Acronyms

It can sometimes be confusing when faced with lots of icons and acronyms. 

As an organisation we do use some icons and acronyms to help quickly identify credentials of our members and services we offer. To make it easier to understand we have outlined the icon  and acronym definitions here for your reference.




PPM stands for Professional Patoss Member.  Members can use this icon or PPM suffix on correspondence or marketing materials to identify them as a holder of a Patoss Professional Membership which are either: Full, Associate or Affiliate Memberships.





An Assessment Practising Certificate, known as an APC, endorses a specialist teacher’s qualifications and competence to undertake full diagnostic assessments for Dyslexia / Specific Learning Difficulties.

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. 




As with the icon above, this mark is used to identify those who hold an Assessment Practising certificate (APC) the only difference is, as the icon indicates, the certificate was awarded by another issuing organisation and not through Patoss.

An Assessment Practising Certificate, known as an APC, endorses a specialist teacher’s qualifications and competence to undertake full diagnostic assessments for Dyslexia / Specific Learning Difficulties.






The TPC stands for ‘Teaching Practicing Certificate’ and offers a way for individuals to demonstrate that they are a current specialist teacher, with relevant practical experience, who is committed to maintaining best practice and ongoing development of their professional teaching skills.

Teaching Practising Certificates can be used to underpin quality assurance of specialist skills and commitment to best practice. Individuals who hold a TPC can note Patoss as their professional body for Quality Assurance purposes.





CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that has been gained, both formally and informally, through training, research and observation beyond initial training. It's a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. 





Patoss Local Groups are individually constituted bodies spread by region around the country, they are not part of the legal entity of Patoss Limited. However, they are a vibrant part of the Patoss network and work in collaboration with the national organisation to provide locally based services to meet the ever-changing needs of their local SpLD community.  Although they can't offer the depth and scale of services provided by Patoss, and so are not an alternative to national membership, they are an extension to the overarching Patoss provision.





SASC stands for the ‘SpLD Assessment Standards Committee’ and is an independent body that has the responsibility for providing guidance on training and implementation of standards and for overseeing and approving processes of awarding SpLD Assessment Practising Certificates (APC’s). SASC encourages the spirit of cooperation and helps to forge links with a range of institutions to support and embed good practice. A specified amount of SASC authorised CPD is reqauired to maintain a current APC.




If a school or education centre have multiple individuals who wish to attend a course or are part of a cluster of schools who are interested in attending, then they can talk to Patoss about arranging to hold this course at their own site. This icon tells anyone who’s interested in this service that the course marked is available as an on-site course. 




With the increasing need and convenience of being able to access CPD and Training on-line, Patoss now offers on-line training for courses where you see this icon.




Blended learning is being used in longer term courses to help underpin the face to face training with on-line training.  Wherever you see this icon, on course details, it means that it is made up of both attendance and online training.