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Stages of professional formation

You have to be a SET member to register for professional formation, and to keep your QTLS current and up-to-date following the period of professional formation.

Read SET's full terms and conditions for those undertaking or who have undertaken professional formation leading to QTLS. Please note that by registering for QTLS you are accepting these terms and conditions.

Stage 1 - initial registration

Check the eligibility information for QTLS.

Log in to the SET website to register for: Professional formation leading to QTLS.

If you are a recently qualified teacher, remember that you need to have received your initial teacher education certificate before registering.

Complete the relevant information and you will also be asked to pay your first instalment of £100. This indicates to SET that you wish to register to apply for professional formation and allows us to prepare the appropriate resources to review and moderate your application. 

Stage 2 - complete your online workbook

After you have paid your deposit, you will be able to access your online workbook in My QTLS and embark upon the application process by completing your narrative pages and adding supportive evidence. You need to make sure that you share your application with SET by the relevant deadline for your application period (see the table below).

Members who registered in the Winter registration period (1 April to 26 May 2016) should note that it is expected that you complete and submit your workbook in support of your application for Professional Formation or the Recognition Route within one year.

This means that if circumstances prevent you from submitting by 27 October, you will only be able to defer once, meaning that your completed workbook must be submitted by 29 June 2017.

For any workbooks not completed within one year, it will be a requirement that members start their applications again.  This is to ensure that evidence in the workbook is current,  that is within 12-18 months from the date of registration. 

It is important that you check all supporting evidence and certificates are added to your workbook before you share your application with SET as these cannot be added once you have shared it.  Please refer to and use the Professional Formation checklist.

Stage 3 - conferral of QTLS by SET

To complete your application you will need to ensure that you have completed the following:

  1. Completed your evidence in your online workbook ensuring all supporting evidence and certificates are included.
  2. Shared with your supporter
  3. Sent your completed online workbook to SET.

When you have shared your online workbook with SET, you will receive an email acknowledging its receipt. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at membership.enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk, as it may be that your workbook has not been received.

You do not have to wait until the deadline to share your online workbook which can be sent at any time. However please be aware that your application will not be reviewed until the deadline has passed.

Once received, your completed application will be reviewed and moderated. If successful, you will achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). You can print your certificate through My QTLS at your own convenience. You will also receive a hard copy of your certificate in due course.

After you receive your confirmation email at the end of the process, you can read your feedback in your online workbook by logging in to My QTLS and clicking the "view feedback" button in the status bar.

Deadlines for each stage

Please refer to the below timetable for further information.


Stage 1

Registration period

Stage 2

made by

Stage 3

Conferral of
QTLS status by

1 September – 31 October 2016 28 February 2017 at 5pm 30 April 2017
1 December – 31 January 2017 29 June 2017 at 5pm 31 August 2017
1 April – 31 May 2017 31 October 2017 at 5pm 31 December 2017






The cost

You have to be a SET member to register for professional formation, and to keep your QTLS current and up-to-date following the period of professional formation.

View SET's membership fees on the subscriptions page.

The cost of undertaking professional formation leading to QTLS is £485. 

You can make payment in two instalments:

  • First instalment of £100 at the point of registration (non-refundable)
  • Final instalment of £385 upon completion of the registration and before sharing your completed online workbook with SET.

View SET's membership fees on the subscriptions page.

The professional formation process requires you to complete an online workbook in My QTLS. The time taken to complete this process and achieve QTLS status will be determined by your individual circumstances. For example, level of experience or work commitments. Therefore, SET has taken a flexible approach to professional formation with a number of application windows open each year.

If your employer has agreed to pay for your QTLS and requires an invoice, please email member.payments@etfoundation.co.uk with the following information to request an invoice.  Please ensure you are a current member of SET before applying for QTLS.

  • Employers name
  • Employers address
  • Finance email address
  • PO number (if required by your employer)
  • Amount to invoice
  • Member Name
  • Membership number