Accreditation Scheme for Members

Accreditation Scheme Overview

Click here to read all about our Accreditation Scheme; the creation, trials, progress it’s made, an overview of the accreditation process and the benefits to gaining it!

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The new NADP Accreditation scheme was launched in November 2020. The office and Board of Directors have been working hard on trials for the revised accreditation scheme; ably assisted by some of our members and we are thrilled to be able to offer this new and thoroughly evaluated scheme. 

Already, the number of accredited members is growing fast and increasingly, NADP Accreditation is appearing in job advertisement person specifications and is thus a valuable career-related accreditation.

All the materials, guidance, exemplars and forms are accessible to members on our website, so you can get started with your application in your own time and at your own pace, prior to registration.

Don’t get left behind, start now and get recognised for the excellent work you do!

Bookings for January & May 2023 cohorts open on 7th November.

It is strongly recommended that you have your first draft ready before signing up to make sure you are ahead of the game and not rushing at the last minute.

Accreditation provides recognition that agreed professional standards have been met by a practitioner in the development of high-quality policy and provision for disabled students and staff in post-compulsory education. Compared to colleagues such as careers advisers, mentors and counsellors, staff in disability services have few identifiable routes to secure specialised qualifications that are related to the range of tasks they undertake.

NADP Accreditation offers specialist continuing professional development and support for a career pathway. It provides formal recognition of a practitioner having reached a particular level of knowledge, skills and experience. Accreditation also provides for the enhancing of knowledge and the spread of best practice.

The process of accreditation will take place whilst you are busy dealing with the daily challenges posed by your job. Those responsible for devising the Accreditation Scheme recognise this and so they recommend that you complete a first draft of all sections before you officially register for the scheme.

We want the process to secure external recognition and validity, so the process is rigorous and not simply a “rubber-stamping” exercise. Please be aware from the start that some additional effort will be required if your application for accreditation is to be successful.

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Pictorial overview of the scheme  - all information elsewhere in text.
Overview of the Scheme


Please read the ‘Professional Standards: Dimensions, Elements, Criteria and Requirements’ section to check the requirements for Accredited Member and Senior Accredited Member before you start work.

Accredited Member: 3yrs fte working with disabled people including 1yr in FE/HE.
Senior Accredited Member: 5yrs fte working with disabled people including 3yrs in FE/HE.

Working Towards Accreditation

All members can start work on the scheme whenever they find time. They should sort out the finance and apply for accreditation only when they have completed a first draft of all the sections and know that they are capable of finalising their work in the 10-week period.

All the materials will continue to be available on the website and we guarantee that they will not change without a long period of prior notice.

We will publish the dates for opening of booking in advance and send reminders of the booking date to those who request to be on the reminder list.

Next Accreditation Cohorts

Booking Form for January 2023 – only SAM spaces left

Booking Form for May 2023 – plenty of spaces left

Submission date for January 2023: Monday 13th March

Submission date for May 2023: Monday 17th July

Application for Accredited Member: £110.00
Application for Senior Accredited Member: £160.00

Note: we have a very high demand for accreditation places and so we will have to limit to a maximum of five people from any one institution for each cohort.

Scheme Overview

The Accreditation Scheme

What is there to help me?

All the forms and resources that you need to complete your submission for the accreditation scheme

Roll of Honour!

Our Accredited Members