The Autism and SPELL Licenced User Training is a three-day training course that licenses autism experienced professionals to deliver the NAS Autism and SPELL course to their staff teams.The course involves active involvement by the participants and will equip them with the resources they need for delivering their own Autism and SPELL courses locally.

What is the NAS Autism and SPELL course?

The Autism and SPELL course from the National Autistic Society (NAS) is based on training that the NAS specialist autism trainers have been delivering successfully to thousands of professionals across the UK and internationally for a number of years. 

Autism and SPELL is a course which provides an in depth understanding of autism and how to use the NAS SPELL framework. The NAS SPELL Framework is a framework of principles setting out a structure for shaping support. Focusing on autistic perspectives throughout, the training explores the principles of the SPELL Framework and how to adapt strategies to ensure the best possible support and understanding is given.

The learning outcomes include:

  • describe experiences of people on the autism spectrum
  • define and explain the principles of the SPELL framework
  • recognise support structures and interventions
  • review own values and approach
  • implement strategies to support and encourage

CPD Certified LogoThe Autism and SPELL course and the accompanying Licensed User training have been certified by the CPD certification service (the leading independent CPD accreditation institution) as conforming to continuing professional development principles. All delegates attending the Licensed User training will receive a certificate of attendance detailing eligible CPD hours which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms.

Applying for the Autism and SPELL Licensed User Training

Autism and SPELL courses can be delivered by autism experienced professionals who have been trained and licensed by The National Autistic Society as NAS Autism and SPELL Licensed Users. 

Applicants’ requirements:

  • at least 5 years’ experience of supporting autistic people.
  • experience of  training/workshop delivery or public speaking.
  • able to use their own autism knowledge and experience when delivering the Autism and SPELL course, alongside recognising the importance of the autistic perspectives that are fundamental to the ethos of the course.
  • submit an application form (suggest hyperlinking this to the application form) to apply to become a NAS Licensed User.

Each successful applicant will attend the 3-day Licensed User training. During the course, the applicant will;

- demonstrate active participation

- lead at least one group exercise

- be observed  throughout the course and evidence of values base collected

- complete a post-course assessment.

Each Licensed User will receive a copy of the course booklet Essential Autism – what you need to know and a Licensed User Manual. This will include a programme plan, detailed session notes and electronic files with the information and resources that you need for delivering your own NAS Autism and SPELL course. Please see below for important information about course preparation, delivery and materials.

On successful completion of the training course, applicants are licensed to deliver the Autism and SPELL Course locally having signed a 2 year licensing agreement.

The terms of the License will enable Licensed Users to deliver the training within their own organisation The License does not permit Licensed Users to charge delegates for attending a course.

Post-course learning and license renewal

In order to continue successfully delivering Autism and SPELL courses locally, Licensed Users will need to;

  • comply with NAS quality assurance process
  • deliver a minimum of two Autism and SPELL courses per license period (2 years)
  • contribute as members to the Network Autism dedicated group
  • access relevant articles posted on Network Autism 
  • complete an annual professional development report to demonstrate at least 15 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) over the license period (e.g. activity on Network Autism, attendance at a conference or private study)
  • maintain the necessary insurances and indemnity cover 
  • pay the annual licence fee
  • maintain continued employment with the same organisation.


The cost of the three-day Licensed User training is £1,095 + VAT per person, inclusive of training materials and the initial 2 year licence. Subsequent annual licenses are conditional upon evidence of delivering at least 2 programmes within the initial licensing period, then at least 1 programme on an annual basis. The annual licence fee is £90 + VAT per person.

Scheduled dates

New dates to be confirmed.

Details of the course timetable and travel directions will be sent when training places are confirmed. Please note that no firm booking can be made before receipt of a completed and approved application form and that cancellation of bookings may incur a cancellation fee.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs and these should not be booked until you are in receipt of your offer pack.

Please complete our Training enquiry form for more information and costs about this option.


Autism and SPELL course delivery and materials

Course delivery

Autism and SPELL courses are delivered for between 5 to 20 delegates, all of whom will receive an accompanying booklet. 

It is a 12 hour course, delivered over 2 days. Suggested timings for the course are 9.30am to 4pm, although this may be altered to fit with your local needs.

Recommendations for timings and venues will be discussed during the Licensed User training. 

All Licensed Users must undertake to submit quality assurance data from their courses to The National Autistic Society in order to ensure quality control of the training. This will include attendance records and evaluation forms. 

Course booklet

We recommend that the booklet ‘Essential autism – what you need to know’, which supports the course is provided to each delegate attending the course. Currently priced at £5, this booklet is a unique resource which compliments the training by providing a collection of experiences, thoughts and advice from autistic adults. These are available to order from the NAS. 

Resources needed

The Licensed User Training Manual will support the delivery of the training. The course itself is delivered to the group using a PowerPoint Presentation, accompanying video clips, workbook and some additional hand-outs. 

Electronic copies of the materials along with master documents are provided in the Training Manual and accompanying USB.

Resources needed include electronic equipment to show PowerPoint presentations and video clips, flipchart and pens, and light refreshments for arrival and break-time.