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DSA NMH Study Skills Membership Criteria


Study Skills

The Dyslexia Guild has a clearly defined membership grade for Study Skills Support Tutors (Non- Medical Helpers – NMH) which is Associate Member Further and Higher Education (ADG FE/HE). 


In order to meet the criteria for this membership grade applicants must have the following: 

  • Normally 5+ years of recent and relevant student support experience with a relevant DSA_QAG registered employer (university, college or specialist support service)
  • Degree
  • Postgraduate qualifications (we expect additional higher qualifications will have been taken or engaged in)
  • Teaching qualification (normally QTLS or equivalent) but other recognised teaching qualifications such as Advance HE Associate Fellow may be considered
  • Relevant and ongoing evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) in the field of dyslexia/SpLD: e.g. Dyslexia Action, other professional body or in-house development and training programmes. The Dyslexia Guild expects all members to complete a CPD Log (and conditional memberships to engage in 30 hours of CPD a year, 10 hours a year once the Certificate in Supporting Adults- DACRT56 first is completed/required)
  • Dyslexia/SpLD qualifications*

* Those who do not hold the required level of Dyslexia/SpLD qualification(s) may still also be considered for provisional ADG FE/HE membership.  If this applies to you, then you will be asked to work towards gaining a Level 5 dyslexia/SpLD qualification such as the Dyslexia Action Certificate in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56) .
This qualification comprises six units (each of 30 hours of study)/two awards (each award contains three units). You will be asked to complete at least 3 units of this qualification before provisional membership is granted and will then be expected to complete the remaining 3 units within the first year of membership.

Annual Membership will be terminated where applicants do not achieve the required dyslexia/SpLD qualification within one year of the start date of their ADG FE/HE membership or do not meet the CPD requirements set by us.

Am I eligible to apply?

***Ensure you have read the entry criteria above***

Email the following documents to guild@dyslexiaaction.org.uk, please allow up to 7-10 working days for a response (we assess our applications on a weekly basis):

a) A scan/copy of your degree certificate(s)

b) A scan/copy of your PGCE/QTS/QTLS certificate(s)

c) A scan/copy of your relevant certificates in the field of student/study skills support

d) A copy of an up to date CV including your experience with those who are 16 years or older

Once we have received your documents listed above we will:

  1. Assess your application for eligibility, please bear in mind you may be asked to complete part (or all) of the Dyslexia Action Certificate in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56) before membership will be awarded at the professional provisional APEL level ADG/ADG FE/HE
  2. You should not apply for Guild membership UNTIL you have received an email response from us confirming your eligibility inviting you to join (UK Guild Membership at £72 plus VAT)

Please note: the Emotionally Connected Classroom Unit cannot be considered as suitable CPD for conditional memberships until you have at least completed the Certificate in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56)

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