Become an RAD Registered Teacher

Join the RAD’s worldwide network of qualified dance teachers and become part of a professional, international community. If you’re actively teaching, take advantage of our international reputation and further your career with our Continuing Professional Development activities.

This category provides you with accredited status as an RAD Registered Teacher and gives you access a range of resources to help your professional teaching career, many of which have been actively developed to support you throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Membership fee £140/€163 
Graduate rate £126/€147
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What you gain

Enter candidates for RAD exams and register your own school as an RAD exam centre. Market yourself on our Find a Teacher map. Show off your qualified status with use of the initials RAD RTS after your name alongside the RAD Teachers' logo and a Teaching registration certificate.


Save 20% in the RAD Shop**, get substantial discounts on Vocational Graded Exam fees*** and CPD courses, and 20% off dance studio and room bookings.


Access exclusive content in the Members’ Area, monthly e-newsletters straight to your inbox and access to our global online jobs board. We have moved our benefits and services online, reducing our environmental impact, and we have introduced digital membership cards which members will receive via email.


You can enter member-only competitions, and access the Enhanced Disclosure Service (UK only). Other extras include, when applicable, the ability to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)** and become an Associate of the RAD (ARAD)**, as well as priority booking on select international events and access to the Philip Richardson Library.

Eligibility Criteria

Teachers should hold one of the following university-validated or RAD awards: Current Offered Programmes:

  • BA (Hons) Ballet Education
  • BA (Hons) Dance Education*
  • Diploma in Higher Education: Ballet Education
  • Diploma in Higher Education: Dance Education*
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies (DDTS)
  • Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education*
  • Certificate of Higher Education: Ballet Education*
  • Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS)
  • Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma (PDTD)
  • MA in Education (Dance Teaching)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with QTS (PGCE:DT)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (exit award from Masters programme)*
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Dance Teaching (exit award from Masters programme)*
  • Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate (PDPTC)
  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD)
  • RAD Access Route

Previously Offered Programmes:

  • Teaching Certificate Programme (TCP)
  • Teaching Diploma Programme (TD)
  • BA (Hons) in the Art and Teaching of Ballet

*Eligible for RTS upon successful completion of a teaching portfolio.

**Terms and conditions apply.

***From Advanced Foundation upwards

Teachers reinstating their memberships will be charged an additional fee. These fees have been temporarily suspended until August 2022, due to the pandemic.

All RAD Registered Teachers must adhere to the Code of ConductCode of Professional Practice for Teachers, and the Supplemental Charter & Bye-Laws.

Membership Terms and Conditions

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Enhanced Disclosure

RAD teaching members should apply for an Enhanced Disclosure with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland or another equivalent international body every three years. RAD Registered teachers in the UK can apply via the Registered Umbrella Body, more information about this is available in the Members’ Area.

Pathway to Registered Teacher Status (RTS)

This new course is aimed at teachers with a ballet teaching qualification at Level 4 or higher, or equivalent, and RAD RTS status will be conferred on successful completion of each of the course modules.
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Teaching Portfolios

You may be required to complete a teaching portfolio in order to be eligible to become a registered teacher. Find out more about teaching portfolios.
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