Personal accreditation process

Find out more about the personal accreditation application process, including eligibility, assessments, deadlines and fees. 

Accreditation at a glance


  • Accreditation is only available to current members of the BSE
  • Membership must be continuous from the time of registration
  • If membership lapses at any time, applicants will be required to pay all outstanding fees in order to receive confirmation of accredited status, or to be eligible for re-accreditation


  • Candidates must pass the written examination before attending the practical assessment (logbook and cases)
  • Both the written and practical assessments must be passed before accredited status is confirmed 
  • Standard accommodations and special requirements (such as requiring extra time or a need for a separate room) can be requested for written and practical exams

Accreditation period

  • BSE accreditation is valid for five years
  • Candidates can apply for re-accreditation to extend their accreditation after this period


A £250 written exam and practical assessment fee is payable when applying for personal accreditation. The following fees also apply, if applicable: 

  • £125 written exam resit fee (within 12 months)
  • £100 extension request fee (£10 extension fee for parental leave)
  • £5 replacement certificate or replacement accredited badge fee (including name change)

Examination fees must be paid in advance, at the time of registering.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any future guideline publication will not create a mid learning change for candidates. We will inform potential candidates when new guidelines are published which will at that point effect any future accreditation exams.

More information 

The following downloads provide more detailed information:

If you have any specific queries not answered here or in the accreditation documents available to download, please contact the BSE accreditation office.