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Assessment Practising Certificate – APC

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An Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) is a recognised standard for specialist teacher/assessors.

The Department for Education (DfE) requires that specialist teachers or support tutors who undertake specialist assessments in post-16 schools, colleges, universities, workplace training establishments and local authority assessment centres are competent and qualified to do so.

The Dyslexia Guild is an SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) awarding body issuing Assessment Practising Certificates on behalf of the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).

Download our detailed brochure and other useful documents before applying

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If you have any further queries please email the APC Administrator at apc@dyslexiaaction.org.uk

What is an APC?

The APC is effectively a licence to practise. It confirms that you have the appropriate qualifications to undertake full diagnostic assessments and that your professional practice is up-to-date and has been externally verified as continuing to meet defined competence standards. Only APC holders can undertake diagnostic assessment reports for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) applications.

The APC Certificate is issued for three years and confirms that you have the knowledge, skills and competences to assess the detailed requirements of individuals with dyslexia/SpLD. The Department for Education requires that those who undertake specialist assessments in post-16 schools, colleges, universities, workplace training establishments and local authority assessment centres are competent to do so.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) also recognises that for the purposes of Examination Access Arrangements a specialist assessor is “… a specialist teacher with a current SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate.” Changes to legislation this year mean that any diagnostic report written at any time by an APC holder can be used to apply for DSA. This means that reports
now have a longer lifespan and those commissioning a report may expect to use this report over a longer period and for several purpose.

Benefits of holding an Assessment Practising Certificate

An APC confirms that the specialist assessor is able to meet report writing and assessment to standards required by the DfE for the Disabled Students Allowance. An APC also confirms that an assessor has the appropriate qualifications to undertake assessments for dyslexia/SpLD and that their professional practice is up-to-date and has been externally verified as continuing to meet defined competence standards.

An APC entitles the holder to assess student eligibility (16 years or older) for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). The Joint Council for Qualifications also recognises the APC as being required by some for the purposes of specialist assessment for Examination Access Arrangements.

Am I eligible to apply?

Full application and eligibility requirements can be found in the brochure above. To obtain an APC:

  • you must be a qualified specialist teacher assessor in dyslexia/SpLD
    Please click here for the SASC list of approved courses
    or
  • have at least seven years experience in providing full diagnostic assessments

PLUS

The above requirements are essential and must be met PRIOR to making an application, please read the brochure above to ensure you are prepared before making an application.

Amnesty/Grand-parenting route: 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.

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 Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) applications

Before you apply for or renew an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) via one of the routes below, please check you have completed and understood the following:

  1. Ensure your guild membership is current, if you are not a member join here
  2. Is your assessment CPD up to date? See our SASC approved courses

Please note:

  1. 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, your application process will not begin until payment has been received) 
  2. All fees include a charge for registration on the SASC website for the life of the APC certificate (3 years)
  3. Looking to study a refresher course before you apply?  Click here for further information on our SASC approved CPD courses
  4. 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).

You can now apply or renew your Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) online, see routes below:

Renewals

Resubmissions

  • Re-submission fee:

What our delegates say about our APC service

Thank you for sending through detailed feedback on my submission.  May I take this opportunity to thank Dyslexia Action for providing thorough feedback on my two APC submissions.
G.M.

 

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