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SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate Qualification

Courses Leading to SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate

The following courses will qualify successful candidates to apply for SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate from Patoss, Dyslexia Guild or the British Dyslexia Association. This list will be updated as more courses are approved by the BDA Accreditation Board for AMBDA or by SASC as meeting the training requirements for SpLD Assessment Training.

  • All courses leading to AMBDA
    [See SpLD Specialist Teacher Training Courses at the bottom of this page for list of providers.]
  • University College London
    Certificate in the Diagnostic Assessment & Management of Literacy Difficulties [from 2000 through 2004]
  • Dyslexia Action Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy (Level 7) accredited by Middlesex University [until end of June 2017]; 
  • Dyslexia Action Postgraduate Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy accredited by Middlesex University [until end of June 2017]; 
  • Dyslexia Action Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy (Level 7) accredited by Middlesex University [from 1 July 2017];
  • Dyslexia Action Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy accredited by Middlesex University [from 1 July 2017]; 
  • Evesham & Malvern Hills College Postgraduate Certificate in the Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties validated by University of Worcester  [no longer available]
  • London South Bank University LLU+ Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Dyslexia, Diagnosis and Support M Level (7) [from November 2006]  [no longer available]
  • Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations 
    OCR Level 7 Certificate in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
  • Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations 
    OCR Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties [candidates must complete as a minimum Units 2, 3, 4 and 5].
  • University of Northampton Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and Inclusion ;
  • ATS + Patoss AAA or PAPAA or CCET + Patoss/University of South Wales: SpLD/Dyslexia-Professional Practice in Assessment & Reporting


We would advise candidates trying to plan their specialist assessor training that there are modifications to the ATS+CCET route to an APC which require additional  training to include synthesizing theory and practice in assessing SpLDs to qualify for an assessment practising certificate. From 31st March 2011 assessors combining ATS with CCET will have to complete an additional SASC approved module.

The following SASC approved modules are now available

  • Bath Spa University contact: CPD Office. cpd@bathspa.ac.uk 
    TT7372: SpLD/Dyslexia: The Effective Assessment Report
  • Patoss/University of South Wales:  SpLD/Dyslexia- Professional Practice in Assessment & Reporting; contact jbaister@patoss-dyslexia.org  
  • Real Training: Professional Diagnostic Report Writing, also referred to as M05C Dyslexia - Professional Report Writing,   contact: Margo Michaud info@realgroup.co.uk
  • Stranmillis University College, Combination completion of three Master's modules: EDC9097 Educational Testing;  EDC9099 Specific Literacy Difficulties, Assessment and Access Arrangements;   EDC9070 Specific Literacy Difficulties  and Co-occurring Difficulties: Issues  for Assessment and Intervention. contact Louise O'Sullivan masters@stran.ac.uk

SASC is encouraging Training Providers to develop and submit programmes for SASC approval which would meet the requirements. If you are a provider and wish to offer this training please contact info@sasc.org.ukListings of further new modules will be on the SASC website when they become available.

SpLD Specialist Teacher Training Courses 

Follow this link [BDA Accredited Course List] for a full list of courses accredited by the BDA for specialist teachers seeking to gain qualifications suitable for

  • AMBDA [Associate Membership of the BDA] which would qualify for appropriate membership of an SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate or
  • ATS [Approved Teacher Status of the BDA] ATS on its own would not qualify an individual for an SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate.