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Associate APC (using the guidance dated February 2015)

Route now closedEligibility

The requirements for the Associate APC (A-APC) route have changed. The A-APC route which uses the guidance dated February 2015 is now closed to new applicants.

Existing candidates who have completed a telephone interview and been accepted onto the programme have 2 years from the date of that interview to make a successful submission of their portfolio.

What's involved?

The process involves an initial interview (which had to be requested by 4 November 2016 and take place by 2 December 2016) and the preparation of a portfolio which demonstrates the candidate's skills and competencies against Units of Competence.

The skills and competencies can be obtained by:

  • Certified learning - such as that obtained through a degree or a professional qualification.
  • Learning from experience.


The portfolio must be supported with evidence. The Assessment of Professional Competence - Associate Guidance (February 2015) provides comprehensive notes on how to complete the portfolio.  The guidance and other useful documents can be downloaded here:

Assessment of Professional Competence - Associate Guidance (February 2015)

Statement of Education and Experience

Statement of Authorship

Observation of Practice template

CPD Record

PDP Template

PDP Resources

There are no set deadlines to submit the completed portfolio - applications are accepted throughout the year.


Existing candidates have 2 years to prepare and submit a successful portfolio. An assessment fee of £360 will be payable at the time of application. (This is in addition to the £60 registration fee paid initially.)

Fees can be paid online or via cheque.