SET is the only professional body for all teachers, trainers and leaders in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector.
We are your partner throughout your career, from studying your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through to becoming an advanced practitioner and beyond.
In today’s fast changing and challenging environment, it is important to stand out from the competition. Membership supports your professional aspirations and illustrates your commitment to professionalising the sector. Join us on our mission to raise the status of Further Education and champion excellence in teaching and training.Join SET
“Being a member of SET is part of my commitment to be the best and most professional teacher I can be, as well as allowing me access to a great network.” - Laura Regan, MSET
We are committed to the continuing professional development of teachers and trainers in the sector. Membership provides credibility and recognition for your skills and abilities. With our support you can further enhance your practice and improve outcomes for your learners.
Advance your career prospects through our range of development resources and practitioner events.
Work towards QTLS/ATS professional status and track your career progression against the Professional Standards, identifying opportunities to grow, develop and excel in your teaching practice and leadership skills.
Help raise the status of the profession, champion teaching and training quality across the sector.
Achieve recognition for your commitment to maintaining the highest standards by accessing relevant information and tools.
Meet and connect with people who share the same passion, commitment and goals through our range of communities.
Share best practice, experience and ideas with others in the sector, through online and face to face networks, including subject specific groups.
Our peer-to-peer mentoring platform, exclusive to SET members.
Savings on a huge range of products and services.
Through affiliation with SET, TeacherMatic, an AI tool to help you reduce your workload, is available to use at a discount.
Our membership grades reflect your career stage and qualifications held, providing clear progression as your career grows. Check the eligibility criteria below to determine which grade is most appropriate for you.
Join as a Member if you hold one of the following:
- Level 5 diploma (DTLLS) or equivalent such as a PGCE, Cert. Ed, General Professional Recognition
- Level 5 DET (Diploma in Education and Training)
Become a Member from only £6.42 a month.
Join as a Fellow or upgrade your membership if you:
- Hold a Level 5 teaching qualification, plus a masters or doctorate in education or the subject you teach, and have a minimum of 5 years teaching/training experience
- Have ATS status, or an ETF Technical Teaching Fellowship
Become a Fellow from only £8.00 a month.
Join as a student if you are undertaking an initial teacher training education qualification to get FREE membership for the duration of your studies.
If you are studying for Level 3 to 5 or a PGCE from a recognised ITE provider you can apply for FREE membership.
Your SET Student membership is free for the duration of your studies. Once you have completed your studies you can easily upgrade to become a full member.
Join as an Associate if you are a practitioner or assessor and hold a minimum of:
- Level 3 certificate in teaching (e.g. Level 3 Award in Education and Training, AET) or equivalent
- Hold a Level 3 Assessor award
Become an Associate from only £6.42 a month.
Join as an Affiliate if you are new to the profession or a support worker, such as:
- Level 3/4 award (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, PTLLS)
- City and Guilds Certificate or Diploma in Delivering Learning.
We also welcome:
- Trainee teachers and others working towards post-14 education and training qualifications
- Those in learning support roles
Become an Affiliate from only £6.42 a month.
Our membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March. You can join SET at any time and the annual membership fees (see below) will automatically be pro-rated. We also offer a reduced rate of membership if you are working but earning less than £16,500 per annum.
We offer two ways to pay – by credit/debit card or Direct Debit. There are three key reasons to set up a Direct Debit 1) it’s easy to manage and will ensure continuous access to all benefits of membership and 2) You can choose how you pay – annually or monthly and 3) you’ll save money on the annual cost of membership, compared to the card payment option.
Pay by Direct Debit:
Earn under £16,500 per annum: £2.84 per month
Pay by card:
Pay by Direct Debit
Earn under £16,500 per annum: £2.84 per month
Pay by card:
Free student membership
As part of our commitment to supporting your Initial Teacher Education (ITE), SET student membership is free for the duration of your studies.
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Yes, you will receive the same excellent benefits regardless of your level of membership.
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.
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.