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Applying for and Renewing an Assessment Practising Certificate – Online Course

Applying for and Renewing an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) online course

This short course has been specifically designed to update specialist teacher/assessors on current SASC requirements for dyslexia/SpLD report writing and to meet APC application or renewal criteria.

Our trainers are experienced, qualified specialists in diagnostic assessment report writing and assessment testing for dyslexia/SpLD working to the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) criteria.

Dyslexia Action Training is a SASC Authorised CPD Training Provider and The Dyslexia Guild is a SASC APC approved and quality assured awarding body. 

The course is based around carefully designed datasets and case study materials, which you will work through and reflect upon. 

Please note: this course does not grant you an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). For further details on gaining or renewing your APC please click here.

Why Study this APC course?

By completing this course you will be able to:

  • Update your knowledge and understanding by revisiting and reviewing aspects of statistical constructs
  • Review the structure of SASC diagnostic assessment report for specific learning difficulties, taking into account changes that became accepted practice in July 2020
  • Undertake the continuing professional development activities required in order to maintain professional practice standards.   

Please note: the course does not provide advice on: 

  • The selection or administration of assessment tests (as it is about report writing)
  • Individual assessment test items (which would breach copyright)
  • Participants’ wider queries about report writing (i.e. tutors cannot look at samples of participants’ professional work/findings or offer advice on specific examples of interpretation outside the context of the course materials).

Please see The Dyslexia Guild Forums for further professional advice. The SASC website also has many useful downloads available to support the APC application and renewal process.

At a glance

100% online training
Access anywhere
No live delivery
Developed by APC professionals
Tutor support through online forums


SASC Accredited
12 hours of self-paced study, over 4 weeks
5 of which recognised by SASC
Meets SASC authorised CPD requirements
Delivered through our Campus Online platform

Who is the APC course suitable for?

Delegates should normally be qualified SpLD specialist teacher/practitioner-assessors with a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent, and be familiar with diagnostic assessment report writing.

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered through Campus Online, our unique online learning platform.

Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. You’ll log in to access your study materials, contact your tutor for support, and connect and network with other delegates.

What is the cost?

£205 +VAT for Non-Guild members
£195 +VAT for members of The Dyslexia Guild

  • Payments by debit/credit card should be made online at the time of registration
  • If you or your organisation require an invoice upfront there is an additional admin charge of £25 + VAT. A purchase order number (if applicable) and finance contact name, address, email and phone number will be required at the time of registration

There are no additional costs for International delegates.

When can I start and how can I book?

Please click on the date below to make a booking. To note: if you are a current Guild member please contact trainingcourses@dyslexiaaction.org.uk for the discount code before proceeding

  • 11 September 2024
    Book by 28 August (if an invoice is required upfront select ‘pay later’ option on form, or book by 4 September if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration)
  • 13 November 2024, bookings open 5 September
  • 15 January 2025, bookings open 7 November
  • 19 March 2025, bookings open 9 January
  • 21 May 2025, bookings open 13 March.

What our delegates say about this course

“I have already recommended this course to several other assessors looking for further support with post-16 assessments. The time frame enables you to work at your own pace, all the material is easily accessible and the discussion forums help you share each other’s work. I found my group to be very supportive and the course tutors were happy to answer the most basic questions promptly.

Margaret Ellwood – APC delegate

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