Benefits and the cost of QTLS

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is the badge of professionalism for post-16 education and training, helping practitioners advance in their careers and demonstrate their expertise and experience to colleagues, employers and learners. SET members can gain QTLS by successfully completing professional formation.

Professional formation is a process that enables you to demonstrate the effective use of skills and knowledge in your professional practice that is required to achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

The Education and Training Foundation is the only organisation that confers QTLS status following the transfer of IfL's legacy in October 2014. We have had a number of queries about Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) status.  Although ATLS is not currently on offer during this transition phase, we will be reviewing the case for making this opportunity available to members in due course.

What are the benefits of gaining QTLS status?

More than 20,000 have achieved QTLS status since its introduction in 2008:

  • QTLS status is recognised in law as equal to QTS for teaching in schools.
  • Career progression: QTLS status demonstrates your commitment, skills and knowledge to employers.
  • Recognition of your status as a professional teacher or trainer.
  • Valuable continuing professional development (CPD) that builds confidence and enhances your skills.
  • Members with QTLS can use these initials as a designation.

Eligibility

More information about eligibility guidance for undertaking professional formation leading to QTLS can be found on the QTLS eligibility page.

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.

The time taken to complete SET's recognition route process will be determined by each individual's circumstances (for example, length of experience, full-time, part-time, fractional or sessional role and in-service training). SET has therefore taken a flexible, pragmatic approach to the recognition route.

View SET's membership fees on the subscriptions page.

Costs and commitments: professional formation

There are two packages available for members to complete the recognition route:

  1. Recognition route only: undertake the recognition route process separately to professional formation leading to QTLS.
  2. Recognition route combined with QTLS

Payment structure for Professional formation leading to QTLS

As of 3 April 2018, the payment method for QTLS registration is changing. This change has been introduced as a response to feedback from SET members who would welcome the opportunity to spread their payments using direct debit. There will be two options for making payment of £485:

  1. Pay £485 in full by credit/debit card or by one direct debit payment, or
  2. Pay £110 as a deposit by credit/debit card and three further monthly payments of £125 will be made by direct debit from your bank account.

For those who have previously registered for QTLS, at any time prior to April 2018, the payment process of £100 deposit paid on registration and £385 paid on submission of the workbook will still be valid.

Read the updated QTLS Terms and Conditions.

Payment structure for Recognition Route combined with QTLS 

As of 3 April 2018, the payment method for the Recognition Route combined with QTLS registration is changing. There will be two options for making payment:

  1. Pay £834 in full by credit/debit card or by one direct debit payment, or
  2. Pay £100 as a deposit by credit/debit card and three further monthly payments of £245, £245 and £244 will be made by direct debit from your bank account.

Read the updated QTLS Terms and Conditions.

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