Professional Tutor Recognition

FETN recognises that personal tutoring is central to learner success, and that effective tutoring promotes learner progress, enables learners to develop their personal, social and employability skills and helps in addressing individual learning and support needs. 

Raising the profile of this essential role lies at the heart of what we do. We are aware of how important it is for personal tutors to feel recognised and valued and this is why the FETN Professional Recognition Scheme has been developed collaboratively with FETN member institutions. 

Referenced against the National Occupational Standards for Personal Tutoring the Professional Recognition Scheme provides you with a valuable opportunity to evidence your practice against the requisite skills and competencies for the role, and to identify opportunities for continuous professional development. 

Levels of Recognition

There are three levels of Professional Recognition:

Recognised Practitioner in Tutoring

This is designed to recognise personal tutoring practitioners who can demonstrate a sound understanding of the principles of personal tutoring and effective tutoring practice in line with the National Occupational Standards for Personal Tutoring.

Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Tutoring

Designed to recognise Personal Tutors who demonstrate excellent tutoring skills and have a significantly positive impact on their learners’ progress and development. As Advanced Tutoring Practitioners they will also be expected to demonstrate how they contribute to the quality of tutoring and support colleagues to improve their tutoring practice.

Recognised Leader in Tutoring

This recognition is aimed at highly experienced personal tutors who can demonstrate excellent tutoring skills, provide support for others in their tutoring role, and make a significant impact on the quality of tutorial provision and practice at departmental or organisational level.


To be eligible to register applicants should:

  • hold level 2 maths and level 2 English qualifications or equivalent
  • be employed as a personal tutor in a Further Education and Training setting for a minimum of four hours a week
  • have a suitable supporter for the duration of the Professional Recognition Process

Application Process

Having registered for FETN Recognition, applicants will receive a Self-Assessment Document and a Personal Review Portfolio to complete. They will also be provided with the copy of the National Occupational Standards for Personal Tutoring to refer to during the process.

The application process is designed to be developmental. Completing the portfolio of evidence provides applicants with the opportunity to reflect on their practice and plan for further professional development. A portfolio guide is provided to help candidates to prepare for successful submission.  

Submitted applications are independently assessed by experienced practitioners in the field who hold FETN Professional Recognition themselves. Applicants will be advised of the outcome from one of the following:

  • The level of recognition applied for is granted
  • Applicant is advised to revise their application and resubmit

Where the applicant is advised to revise and resubmit their application they will have six weeks to submit for re-assessment.

Application Costs

Individual Registrations

Individual registrations for Professional Tutor Recognition are reasonably priced at £195 however FETN Members are eligible to register for £160.

For non-members wishing to benefit from this discount along with other member benefits, please visit our Membership Page

Organisational Subscription

Colleges and Training organisations can purchase an annual subscription allowing up to 10 individuals to make an application for recognition within a 12 month period.

FETN Corporate and Corporate Plus members are eligible for a further discount.

For non-member organisations wishing to benefit from this discount along with other member benefits please visit our Membership Page

Find out more

Please contact us if you would like further information regarding the Professional Tutor Recognition Scheme