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Applying for and Renewing an Assessment Practising Certificate – Online Course

Updated October 2019: New Developments in diagnostic reporting.  Includes materials and guidance based on the new SASC report format (mandatory from Summer 2020).  

Why take this Course?

Applying for and Renewing an Assessment Practising Certificate 

Assessment Practising Certificate

This online course has been specifically designed to update specialist teacher assessors on the SASC requirements for dyslexia/SpLD report writing and to meet Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) renewal criteria.

This online course runs over a four-week period and is supported by a specialist tutor through online forums. Participants will be able to update their knowledge and understanding by revisiting and reviewing, aspects of statistical constructs; the structure of a SASC diagnostic assessment report for specific learning difficulties and the continuing professional development activities required in order to maintain professional practice standards.

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 Provider. Twelve learning hours, of which five hours of the total learning hours for this course are recognised and accredited by SASC as fulfilling, in part, the (minimum) 20 CPD hours required over three years that contribute towards gaining or renewing an APC.

Learning Outcomes – the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of important basic Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) statistical constructs such as the normal distribution curve and confidence intervals
  • Describe the structure of a SASC Post-16 Years Diagnostic Assessment Report for Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Recognise the key characteristics that distinguish a diagnostic report that meets current SASC criteria
  • Demonstrate commitment to undertake continuing professional development activities in order to maintain professional practice standards.

How is the course delivered?

  • 12 hours of online learning (five of which are SASC accredited), conducted over a 4 week period, you should access the course on the afternoon of the release date as there will be some deadlines you need to meet
  • Tutor support throughout the duration of the course
  • Please note this course does not actually give you an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). For further details on gaining your APC please click here.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should normally be qualified specialist assessors with a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent, and be familiar with diagnostic assessment report writing.


How much does it cost?

  • £205 +VAT for Non-Guild Members paying online by debit/credit card at time of registration.
  • £195 +VAT for Guild Members paying online by debit/credit card at time of registration.

Please note if you select the ‘pay later’ option an additional fee of £25 +VAT will be added to your invoice.  All monies must be received before the start of the course.

Make a booking

Please click on the date below to make a booking.

  • 18 March 2020 Book by 4 March (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 11 March if paying by credit/debit card.
  • 13 May 2020 bookings will open 26 March.

We are also running a one day attendance course on Wednesday 24 June at the University of Bath click here to see details.

“I found the course for Renewing a Practising Certificate particularly helpful as well as the associated power points.”

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