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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.

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“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

Why join SET

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.

Your career

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.

Your profession

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.

Your community

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.

SET member benefits

We’re currently supporting a growing network of 22,000 members who have access to our range of benefits and resources. With our help, build your skills and confidence, widen your professional network and advance your career aspirations.

Professional designations

Enhance your reputation through post-nominals and a digital pin.

Code of ethics and conduct

Illustrate your commitment to professionalising the sector.

Code of Ethics

CPD resources

Library of webinars, articles, research and podcasts.


inTuition magazine

Keep up to date through our quarterly publication.

inTuition Magazine


Gain a nationally-recognised professional status.


Professional register

Verify your professional status to employers.

Professional register

Community and events

Network and share ideas with like-minded professionals.

Community and events

Special Interests

Access information about the topics that matters to you.

Special Interest Digests

SET MentorMe

Our peer-to-peer mentoring platform, exclusive to SET members.

SET MentorMe

SET Rewards

Savings on a huge range of products and services.

SET Rewards

TeacherMatic affiliation

Through affiliation with SET, TeacherMatic, an AI tool to help you reduce your workload, is available to use at a discount.

TeacherMatic affiliation

Course discounts

SET members enjoy 10% discount on selected ETF courses.

ETF courses

CPD log

Track your professional development activities.

CPD with SET

SET Reading Room

Includes 10,000+ eBooks to support your teaching.

Reading Room

Our membership grades

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.

Fellow (FSET)

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.

About Fellowship

Member (MSET)

Join as a Member if you hold a level 5 teaching qualification or higher such as a:

- Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

- Certificate in Education (CertEd)

- Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTTLS)

- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)  

Become a member from only £6.42 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.

More about Student Membership

Associate (ASET)

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 fees

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.

Members, Affiliates and Associates

Pay by Direct Debit:
Monthly: £6.42
Annual: £77.00

Earn under £16,500 per annum: £2.84 per month

Pay by card:
Annual: £89

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Pay by Direct Debit
Monthly: £8.00
Annual: £96.00

Earn under £16,500 per annum: £2.84 per month

Pay by card:
Annual: £110

Find out more about SET Fellowship


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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Corporate Partnerships Partner with SET

Gain recognition for your organisation. Upskill your teaching staff and improve the professional standard of teaching at your organisation.

Become a Corporate Partner of SET today.

More about SET Corporate Partnerships

Membership Frequently asked questions

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.

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