A lipspeaker is a hearing person who has been professionally trained to be easy to lipread. Lipspeakers reproduce clearly the shapes of the words and the natural rhythm and stress used by the speaker. They also use facial expression, gesture and, if requested, finger spelling, to aid the lipreader's understanding.

Qualification Structure

Led by Lesley Weatherson and a pool of teaching staff.

Lesley Weatherson
NRCPD Registered Sign Language Interpreter
NRCPD Registered Lipspeaker
Chair Association of Lipspeakers with Additional Sign

Training to become a Lipspeaker
The new course will be based on the new Lipspeaking Qualification developed from the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Lipspeaking. Below are the 4 mandatory modules:

- Prepare for Lipspeaking Assignments
- Deliver Lipspeaking Services
- Develop your performance as a Lipspeaker
- Co-work with other Lipspeakers

Assessment will consist of written and practical work.

The course

The course will consist of 23 course attendance days.
In addition to attendance days, students are expected to carry out the following:

- Extensive lipspeaking practice at home using recorded materials such as audio CDs and DVDs
- Observation of lipreading classes
- Observation of a hard of hearing club(s)
- Where possible, observing and working with professional lipspeakers in the field.

Entry to the Lipspeaker Training Course

If you are interested in this lipspeaking course there will be an Information/Selection Day in January 2020.

This will help you to:
❖ Find out more about lipspeaking
❖ Learn more about the course
❖ Decide whether you think you have the qualities necessary to become a lipspeaker
❖ Observe a lipspeaker in action
❖ Do some lipspeaking yourself

Applicants will also be assessed on their suitability for the course at the Information/Selection Day. Successful candidates will be notified within 48 hours following the Information/Selection Day.

A non-refundable fee of £50 + VAT will be charged for the Information/Selection Day.
The decision of the Selection Panel will be final.

Entry Qualifications / Academic Qualifications;

Applicants are expected to have a passed minimum of 5 GCSEs (A - C) or GCSEs (including English Language) and 2 A levels or equivalent academic or vocational qualifications. A higher education qualification is usually very helpful, however, exceptions may be made for candidates who do not have these qualifications but who can demonstrate that they have the potential to become Lipspeakers. Evidence of qualifications (i.e. original certificates) must be brought to the Information/Selection Day.

Qualities and Attributes;

Selection will be based on the NOS standards. The selectors will be looking for:
Good unaided hearing; good breath control; potentially naturally clear speech with and without voice; a good memory; a good command of English; an expressive face; no facial jewellery; no visible facial hair such as a beard, moustache or designer stubble; no visible facial piercings or other distractions; no visible tattoos; clothes which do not distract etc.; a professional attitude; and the ability to remain calm under pressure; a pleasant, warm, friendly and approachable manner'; a practical and intelligent approach to solving problems; a practical approach to solving problems.

Course Dates


NEXT COURSE : Starts April 2018 in Birmingham

Lipspeaker course dates 25 days.
Times: Friday 12noon till 6pm
Saturday 9am till 3pm

April 27/28
May 25/26
June 22/23
July 27/28
Sept 28/29
Oct 12/13
Nov 23/24
Jan 18/19
Feb 8/9
March 15/16
May 17/18
June 14/15
July 13th

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Course Costs

Circa £2,500 PLUS VAT on offer of place. £255 assessment fee

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