Applying for an SpLD Assessment Practising Certicate (APC).
What is an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)?
An 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.
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
- Only APC holders can undertake diagnostic assessment reports for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) applications
- 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 in 2019 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 purposes. Details can be found on the SASC website.
What are the benefits of having a Practising Certificate?
An Assessment Practising Certificate is a quality assurance standard ensuring that qualified assessors work within the rigorous regulations, are up to date with changes and best practice within each facet of psychological assessment and report writing. It is a standard that is highly respected by clients, employers, organisations and other professionals.
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.
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Assessment Practising Certificate: New guidelines from the DfE and SASC
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