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Our organisation is built upon strong values of integrity, quality, commitment and respect. These values have been at the heart of what we do since we were founded in 1982. Discover our interesting history that has helped make us who we are today.


Today - our current work

Over three decades we have significantly raised standards in communication with deaf and deafblind people though our qualifications, register, campaigning and lobbying.

Over 370,000 people have taken our qualifications. All our qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited by Ofqual (The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator). We have overcome many obstacles to become a recognised professional registration body and one of the top awarding bodies in the UK.

We are more committed than ever to our vision of a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access. We look forward to a future where this becomes a reality.


CACDP re-brand to Signature

In 2009 we worked hard to renew our strategy and refocused the organisation on achieving the aims for which we were established.


First accredited qualifications

Did you know that our first accredited qualification was in 2001?

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) was set up in 2000 so we were able to launch our first accredited qualifications from 1 October 2001. These included Level 1 Certificate in BSL and ISL, Level 1 Certificate in Deaf Awareness and Level 1 Certificate in Communication Tactics with Deaf People.


The beginning

Grown from a Communication Skills Project, The Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) was established in 1982 to continue work in increasing the number of people gaining skills in Sign Language and Sign Language Interpreting.

CACDP also set up the first register of communication professionals in 1982. At first, only BSL/English interpreters were able to register but this was later expanded to include speech to text reporters, lipspeakers, notetakers, and deafblind interpreters.