New Training Opportunity!

We are delighted to confirm that we will soon be offering Europe’s first PgCert in FASD.


Although not officially launching until September 2024, students taking our course Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Context, Contributors & Clinical Presentation’ (starting Sept 2023) who also complete the sister course ‘Assessment and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (Online) (starting January 2024) will be eligible to transfer their 40 course credits to the PGCert and become part of our first cohort. Completion of the PGCERT will require one further course; ‘Advanced Case Formulation’ offered in September 2024.  


All courses are designed to work around busy professionals, being part time and online; the PGCERT can be spread over 36 months.  The programme will be open for applications from Autumn 2023. Contact us at for more information.


There is currently no overarching framework for practitioner training related to FASD in the United Kingdom, and few opportunities to upskill practitioners to become highly skilled in FASD. The provision of single training events often fails to equip practitioners with the confidence to implement their new knowledge into clinical practice.

This is why FAAST has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to develop a comprehensive FASD-specific training framework and suite of professional training and educational courses in the coming years. The first of these courses are now available for you to register for and we look forward to sharing more details as work progresses.

FAAST is partnering with other FASD experts to develop what we believe to be the first FASD-specific competency and training framework. These frameworks will outline the knowledge and skills required by staff working with individuals affected by, or likely affected by, FASD and reference specific pieces of training and professional education which can be completed to acquire the necessary competencies.

Designed to give Health and Social Care professionals in Scotland a detailed overview of FASD, our free, online 90 minute Fundamentals of FASD training will provide you with an increased understanding of:

  • alcohol use in Scotland
  • alcohol units and alcohol guidelines
  • the potential factors that can contribute towards alcohol use during pregnancy
  • how alcohol can affect the developing fetus
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and how it can affect people
  • the prevalence of FASD

Sessions will run regularly throughout the year – visit our Eventbrite page to register.

New programme

We offer three postgraduate CPD courses in FASD. These can be taken together as our Postgraduate Certificate in FASD, individually for academic credit, or as CPD.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Context, Contributors & Clinical Presentation (previously known as Introduction to FASD), will next run in September 2023.

The Assessment and Diagnosis of FASD will next run in January 2024.

Advanced Case Formulation in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will be available in September 2024 for all students who have successfully completed the Assessment & Diagnosis course.

All three courses are delivered online over ten weeks and can be taken either as CPD ‘for credit’ or CPD ‘not for credit’. To find out more about the content of the courses, the fees and the application process, click on the links below.

Click here for Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Click here for The Assessment and Diagnosis of FASD 

Click here for Advanced Case Formulation in FASD

Please contact us for information on the Postgraduate Certificate in FASD on

Applicants who have previously attended the University of Edinburgh may be eligible for a graduate scholarship if taking the course for academic credit. For more information please visit:

The Scottish Government partnered with NHS Education for Scotland to develop a free e-learning module aimed at increasing Scottish health and social care practitioners’ awareness of FASD. Access this module now through Turas (requires sign-in).