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Membership grades

Dyslexia Guild members are eligible for designatory letters in recognition of their qualifications and professional status.

Our grades of membership are as follows:

Affiliate Members

Affiliate Members are working or studying in a relevant educational setting and are gaining suitable experience in the field of dyslexia/SpLD. They do not have Guild designatory letters after their name. This grade is not suitable for DSA-QAG members, see Associate FE/HE.

Associate Members (ADG)

Associate Members are professional members and specialist teachers with a level 5 or level 7 teaching qualification in dyslexia/SpLD.

Associate Members (ADG FE/HE)

Associate Members (ADG FE/HE) are professional members and support tutors in Further and Higher Education.
They have gained membership through Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) and hold qualifications relevant to student support for DSA-QAG, Non-Medical Helpers (NMH) Band 4 Study skills.
Those who hold this level of membership are expected to work towards the Level 5 Certificate – Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56).

For further information and how to apply for this membership please see:
DSA-QAG NMH Study Skills Membership Criteria

Members (MDG)

Members (MDG) are professional members and specialist teacher assessors with a level 7 specialist teacher/assessor qualification in dyslexia/SpLD.

Fellows (FDG)

Fellows (FDG) are professional members and specialist teacher assessors with a level 7 specialist teacher/assessor qualification in dyslexia/SpLD. They hold a minimum of 7 years of specialist teaching and 4 years of specialist assessment experience in dyslexia/SpLD.


The Dyslexia Guild also offers:

  • a Group Membership Scheme for educational establishments who wish to offer membership for up to four staff on an Affiliate basis
  • a Business Affiliate Scheme for recognised providers of educational services and/or materials who wish to endorse and support the work of The Dyslexia Guild

Please note: Neither Group or Business Affiliate schemes are suitable for APC holders or DSA-QAG NMH members.

The application process for assignment of designatory letters

If you are unsure if your qualifications are eligible for a particular grade, please email copies of your degree/relevant SpLD certificates, current curriculum vitae (CV) and a covering note to guild@dyslexiaaction.org.uk. If you are applying for ADG FE/HE membership for DSA-QAG purposes then please read this document BEFORE applying.

If you are a current Guild member who has not yet updated your qualifications, please click here.


If you would like to appeal a decision regarding the allocated grade of membership with The Dyslexia Guild, there is an appeals process available please see:
Membership Application Appeals.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Dyslexia Guild members are encouraged to undertake regular professional development to improve their personal practice and are expected to undertake, as a minimum, 30 hours of CPD a year. All members of the Guild commit to uphold the Dyslexia Guild Code of Practice.

For further information please email us or telephone 01784-222342.

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