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Assessment Practising Certificate – APC

What is an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)?

An Assessment Practising Certificate provides approved recognition that the holder has relevant and up-to-date knowledge of dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD), and has the experience and competence to undertake diagnostic assessments and reports.

What are the benefits of having a Practising Certificate?

An Assessment Practising Certificate is a licence to practice for those carrying out assessments in schools for Exam Access Arrangements and in colleges for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Many schools and college employers also now require their specialist teaching or support staff to obtain an Assessment Practising Certificate.


In order to obtain an Assessment Practising Certificate, you must be a qualified specialist teacher/assessor in dyslexia/SpLD or have at least seven years of experience in providing full diagnostic assessments PRIOR to making an application.

Important Information

  • All fees include a charge for registration on the SASC website for the life of the APC certificate (3 years)
  • Your application process will not start until all fees are paid in full (if your organisation are paying for your application you must ensure that they pay the fee in a timely manner otherwise your application will be delayed)
  • If you are unable to submit your application electronically (our preferred method please contact us directly for the relevant documents in word format (if you submit by post we will require 3 copies of the application to be posted to us).
  • Guild members can apply for an APC or those without Guild membership can join at the time of applying
  • Looking to study a refresher course before you apply?  Click here for further information.

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How much does it cost and how to apply?

Dyslexia Action fees are the same as all three APC issuing bodies which are set by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) and are detailed below (fees apply from 2018 and may be subject to change after this time).

New applications



Resubmission fee

Assessment Practising Certificate: New guidelines from the DfE and SASC

The Department for Education has changed its evidence requirements for applications for the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA; for higher education students). Dyslexia/SpLD Reports undertaken at any age will now be accepted for the purposes of a DSA. Please note that Form 8 Access Arrangement Reports are not acceptable as these are not full assessment reports.

For more information, check this link.


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