Become a Teacher

Gain recognition when you join our professional network of approximately 8000 teachers registered with the RAD.

Renew Your Membership


RAD Registered Teacher Teacher recognised by mutual agreement
Digital Benefits
Welcome pack YES YES
Membership card YES YES
Teaching registration certificate YES NO
Dance Gazette magazine YES YES
Focus on Exams magazine YES YES
Monthly e-newsletter YES YES

Online Benefits

Access to the Members’ Area YES YES
Included in Find A Teacher  online search YES YES
JobSearch International ™ YES YES
Selected International events YES YES
Selected International courses YES YES
Vocational Graded Examinations* YES YES
Additional benefits
Enter candidates for RAD exams YES YES
Register your school as an RAD exam centre YES YES
Use of initials RAD RTS YES NO
Use of the RAD Registered Teacher Logo YES NO
Attend the AGM and have voting rights** YES YES
Apply to be an Associate of the RAD (ARAD)** YES YES
Member-only competitions YES YES
Priority booking for international events YES YES

*From Advanced Foundation upwards.
**Terms and conditions apply.

Eligibility Criteria for RAD Registered Teacher

Teachers should hold one of the following RAD awards:

  • Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with Qualified Teacher Status
  • BA (Hons) Ballet Education
  • BA (Hons) Dance Education*
  • Diploma of Higher Education: Ballet Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education*
  • Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
  • Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma
  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies
  • Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies
  • Certificate in Dance Teaching (Ballet) from 2024
  • Pathway to Registered Teacher Status
  • RAD Access Route with an approved degree from an RAD partnership institution

Previously Offered Programmes:

  • BA (Hons) Classical Ballet Teaching
  • BA (Hons) Art and Teaching of Ballet
  • RAD Teaching Diploma
  • RAD Teaching Certificate
  • BA (Hons) Dance Education commenced prior to academic year 2020/21 with successful RTS Portfolio**
  • Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education commenced prior to academic year 2020/21 with successful RTS Portfolio**
  • Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education commenced prior to academic year 2020/21 with successful RTS Portfolio**

* Graduates from these programme must have obtained RAD Intermediate or equivalent in ballet and taken option module BDE505 in a ballet context.

** The RTS portfolio is no longer offered. For those who commenced their studies in the academic year 2017/18 or before the portfolio was eligible for submission within five years of graduation. For those who commenced their studies in academic year 2018/19 and 2019/20 the portfolio was eligible for submission within their period of registration.

Code of Conduct

All RAD Registered teachers must adhere to the Code of Conduct and Code of Professional Practice.

Partner Benefits

RAD Registered teachers also have access to a range of partner benefits and discounts. Discover more here.

Further Information

If you need further information or have any questions, please email

How to Apply

Complete our online application form to apply today.

RAD Safeguarding Requirements

The RAD are committed to putting the wellbeing of students, teachers and staff first, and to ensuring that children, young people, and vulnerable or at risk adults are protected from harm.

By joining the RAD as a Registered Teacher, you are committing to meet the following safeguarding requirements at the point of application and at the point of renewal:

  1. Provide an up-to-date CV and professional references upon request (for new and reinstating applicants only)
  2. Obtain a criminal record check
  3. Self-declare any criminal convictions to the RAD
  4. Participate in annual safeguarding training as part of your CPD hours

These requirements are integrated into the CPD scheme and you will be asked to make your declaration upon application as a new or reinstating RAD Registered Teacher. Don’t worry if you have not met these requirements we will support you. See our FAQs to find out how.