SET Membership FAQs

Everything you needed to know about becoming a member of the Society for Education and Training.

Our membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March and you will need to renew your membership each year. Should you join after 1 April you will still need to renew on 31 March and you will pay a pro-rata fee.

When you join SET we will automatically assign you a level of membership depending on your experience and qualifications.


Visit our membership page for more information.

Yes, you will receive the same excellent benefits regardless of your level of membership.

Upgrading your membership from a member to fellow is easy, just send us an email - - along with all the necessary supporting evidence.

If you are a student and have successfully completed your qualification you will be automatically invited to upgrade to a full member.

If you add a qualification to your portfolio required of a higher membership level, you will automatically be invited to upgrade.

Visit our membership page for more information. 

When it’s time to renew your membership we will email you a reminder. You can then renew your membership online through your SET Dashboard.

Yes. Student membership is free if you are studying your Initial Teacher Education qualification, for the length of your studies.

See out Student Membership page for more information.

Yes, we offer concessionary rates for retired teachers and those on low income or unemployed at the time of applying for membership.


See our subscription rates

All of our members are entitled to free legal advice from Law Express. All you need to do is give them a call and have your membership number to hand.


Read more on getting free legal advice.

If you don’t renew your membership you will not lose your QTLS or ATS status, however, you will be removed from the Professional Register and your QTLS or ATS status will no longer be current. You will also no longer be able to receive any of the excellent benefits.

As a member of SET you are expected to abide by our Code of Practice and demonstrate effective CPD. If you do not abide by our Code of Practice or demonstrate effective CPD you could lose your membership and your QTLS or ATS status.

No. Since the 2007 Workforce Regulations were revoked by the Government in 2012/13, there is no longer a requirement for you to make an annual declaration of their CPD by 31 August each year.

However, there is still a requirement for you to remain in good standing by completing annual CPD which would also confirm your professional status of QTLS when renewing each year.

No. Feedback from members, alongside our ongoing goal to be more environmentally sustainable, means we no longer issue plastic membership cards. You will be sent a membership certificate when you join or renew, valid for that membership year. This can be printed or sent electronically to colleagues or employers to prove your valid membership of SET.

If you need your certificate to be re-sent, please get in touch with the customer service team.

You may be having trouble setting up as a new member if you were previously a member or have tried to join before and are using the same email address. You can use this email address to log in to your account and renew your membership. If you’ve forgotten your password you can easily reset it.