Membership grades

SET’s membership grade criteria are designed to include the diversity of teaching and training roles found across the further education (FE) and skills sector. 

As a SET member you can use the SET designation and digital pin in your signature, CV and business card.

This diversity includes those in support roles and those who have teaching or training experience and are using this in classrooms, workshops, the community and the workplace.  

The key criteria for the appropriate grade of membership are the level of professional qualifications gained, together with the extent of teaching or training experience.

Your grade is automatically selected by our system when you register with us and input your qualifications and experience. If you have a query about the grade that you have been allocated, please contact the membership team by email at or by phone on 0800 093 9111 (free phone).

The profiles that typify each grade are:

Member (MSET) 

Members are entitled to use the designatory letters MSET.

Experienced practitioners within further education (FE) and skills, who hold a minimum of:

  • level 5 diploma (Diploma in Teaching in Lifelong Learning Sector, DTLLS) or equivalent, such as a PGCE, Cert. Ed, General Professional Recognition, or
  • level 5 DET [Diploma in Education and Training] or
  • level 4 stage 3 FE Teacher Qualification.

Members are eligible to work towards QTLS status, according to their qualifications and teaching role.

Join SET as a Member

Find out more about how to use your MSET digital pin.

Fellow (FSET)

Fellows are entitled to use the designatory letters FSET. 

Fellows of SET are highly experienced practitioners who have an influential voice and play an important role in the work of SET. There are a number of routes to Fellowship available.

Fellows are eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) providing they meet the eligibility criteria.

Any individual who holds an ETF Technical Teaching Fellowship is eligible for SET Fellowship.

Join SET as a Fellow or upgrade your membership by contacting the membership team by email at 

Find out more about how to use your FSET digital pin

Associate (ASET) 

Associates are entitled to use the designatory letters ASET. 

Experienced practitioners within FE and skills, who hold a minimum of:

  • level 3/4 certificate (Certificate in Teaching in Lifelong Learning Sector, CTLLS) or equivalent, or
  • level 4 stage 1 or 2 FE teaching qualification for full time teachers, or
  • assessor awards.

Join SET as an Associate Member.

Find out more about how to use your ASET digital pin

SET Affiliate

This category of membership is open to those new to the profession or who may be working towards a teaching qualification including:

  • Level 3/4 award (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, PTLLS)
  • City and Guilds Certificate or Diploma in Delivering Learning

as well as:

  • trainee teachers and others working towards post-16 education and training qualifications 
  • those in learning support roles.

Join SET as an Affiliate member.

Honorary SET membership 

This grade is conferred by SET to acknowledge individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the sector.

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