ALDinHE Recognition Scheme

The ALDinHE recognition scheme emerged from a strong community consensus that although Learning Developers can have diverse roles, they will share certain values. Using this feedback, ALDinHE developed the Certified Practitioner (CeP) and Certified Leading Practitioner (CeLP) awards.  


You can apply for CeP or CeLP if you:

  1. Are based at an institution that is an ALDinHE member; or
  2. Have an individual ALDinHE membership

ALDinHE membership information is available on our JOIN page.


The CeP and CeLP awards promote Learning Development as a profession in its own right.

Successful applicants receive formal recognition of their specialist knowledge and practice. This demonstrates expertise to both current and prospective employers, and might also be useful when applying for HEA fellowship.

Successful applicants are:

  • Given a certificate in recognition of their Learning Development expertise.
  • Added to a list of CePs on the ALDinHE website – publically recognising their expertise.
  • Encouraged to add their ALDinHE status in their email signature

There is currently no requirement to revalidate an award. However, ALDinHE reserves the right to introduce a revalidation scheme / tiered recognition categories at a future date.

Applying for CeP 

Applying for CeLP 


Applying for HEA Fellowship

LD-MAPS plots the key activities of Learning Development roles against the Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).  Aligning our activities with the UKPSF is necessary for applications for Higher Education Academy (HEA) professional recognition, whether independently or as part of an in-house CPD scheme.

LD-MAPS includes leadership and mentoring activities appropriate for HEA Senior Fellowship (D3).

Alternatively, you can use the ‘reverse’ mapping tool, which will enable you to start with the UKPSF descriptors required and see the indicative Learning Development activities that might fit.

LD-MAPS – learning development mapped against UKPSF

LD-MAPS – UKPSF reverse-mapped against learning development



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