All AMTRA RAMAs are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development. The amount of CPD required depends on the type of RAMA and on when the RAMA qualified. With the exception of small amounts of personal study, all CPD must be accredited by AMTRA in advance. AMTRA will keep a record of CPD points accumulated by RAMAs, and those not achieving the required minimum will not be able to renew their RAMA registration unless they pass a fresh exam.
- Frequently asked questions about the AMTRA CPD Scheme
- CPD open to RAMAs
- Information for CPD organisers
CPD and Covid-19
For the moment, Covid-19 has put a stop to face-to-face CPD, though we are hopeful this will resume in the coming months.
In the meantime, there are lots of opportunities to gain CPD – online through recorded webinars and interactive material, and through the articles and associated multiple-choice questions provided through OvertheCounter and Equestrian Trade News, who both host material online too. Increasingly, traditional face-to-face CPD providers are now offering the same material via videoconferencing such as Zoom.
AMTRA does not plan to extend the CPD deadline beyond 30 June 2021.
Professionals were already turning to online CPD in growing numbers before Covid – over the years we've witnessed a 75% fall in attendance at the AMTRA/AHDA roadshows, for instance. Covid is thus accelerating an existing trend.
The benefits are clear:
- No travel requirements, saving time and money
- 24/7 access, allowing you flexibility of when to log in
- Being internet based, material can be accessed via laptops, tablets, smart phones
- A large choice of material supporting you in choosing what is most beneficial to you, rather than what happens to be available locally on a convenient day
Knowing what is available
The AMTRA website is always a good place to find that out – look for "CPD opportunities" on the RAMAs menu.
AMTRA doesn’t host CPD itself, so you don’t need to log in on the AMTRA website, but can visit to see what other providers are offering.
AMTRA-accredited CPD available to all
The SQP Training ELearning Portal from VBMS is the biggest source of online CPD. This isn’t part of AMTRA, but we work closely with VBMS, and they host four AMTRA modules for us.
The portal hosts accredited CPD from a variety of providers. While the options available vary at any one time, they currently offer:
- 65 Farm Animal CPD points
- 35 Equine CPD points
- 20 Companion Animal CPD points
If you aren’t getting those updates it will be because:
- AMTRA doesn’t have an email address for you, or
- You’ve opted out of AMTRA sharing your data with VBMS, or
- You were on the VBMS list but have been removed by VBMS because you hadn’t used it for a period of time.
If you wish to check your log in details or register for access to the portal, please email your name and AMTRA number to [email protected]
These handy tips will help when using the SQPTraining portal:
- Log in via sqptraining.vbms-training.co.uk
- Note that this is NOT the same as the AMTRA website – you may have different passwords for the two websites.
- Most web browsers are supported and allow training to be accessed/completed. However, old versions of Microsoft Edge, with the icon shown below, will not allow courses to complete.
- If ‘old’ MS Edge is your default web browser, simply copy the web link in your invite email, or the link above, open an alternative web browser and paste it in the search bar. VBMS-Training recommend Google Chrome, as all courses are tested in Chrome prior to release.
- The majority of training courses have an accompanying voiceover, so make sure your speakers are turned on.
- CPD courses have locked navigation. You can only proceed once the contents of each page have completed.
- VBMS-Training portals include SQPTraining, BASIS Classroom, Feed Advisors Register, plus a number of corporate based training portals. Users registered with the same email address in these portals can access all of their accounts with a single email/password combination. Please note if you change your password in one VBMS-Training portal, it changes in all of your VBMS-Training portals.
- CPD points for completed courses are automatically reported to AMTRA, updated in your AMTRA account and visible in your CPD points update from AMTRA, or via AMTRA’s website log in. Please allow up to 6 weeks for the points to show in your account.
AMTRA and SCOPS have worked together to produce four modules on sheep parasite control with an emphasis on responsible use, dealing with anthelmintic resistance, and the SCOPS guidelines.
All farm-animal RAMAs are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to refresh knowledge and make sure you are fully up to date with the guidance from SCOPS – following which is required by the Code of Practice.
These are available through the VBMS training portal described above.
OvertheCounter has CPD modules in each issue of the magazine, usually worth 2 CPD points each, and a good way to keep the points coming in during the year.
(If you’re not getting OTC magazine, it is probably because you’ve opted out AMTRA sharing your data with OTC – check on your AMTRA record on the AMTRA website, or get in touch with AMTRA.)
An archive of past modules across a wide range of subjects is also on their website at overthecounter.news. Also watch out for their CPD conferences which complement the magazine and website provision.
RAMAs can gain their minimum CPD points from whatever type of AMTRA-accredited CPD suits them best, online or face-to-face. Written or audiovisual material accompanied by a set of multiple-choice questions is one popular way to gain CPD.
A range of organisations provide such CPD including the following. Other providers also offer such material from time to time.
The BETA 2 day course which provides training for students intending to qualify as a RAMA and join the AMTRA Register, has now been accredited with CPD points.
This is an excellent opportunity for qualified RAMAs to refresh their basic knowledge and what is a two day course for trainees, can now be taken by qualified and registered RAMAs as 4 half day modules, each half day attendance gaining 24 CPD points. You can take one or more of these as required or interested.
Day one covers the Base Module with the morning module covering Legislation and the afternoon module covering Body systems and Animal Health and Disease.
Day two covers Companion animals in the morning and Equines in the afternoon.
To register for one half day costs £30 + VAT and a full day costs £48 +VAT for BETA Members.
To register for one half day costs £50 + VAT and a full day costs £75 + VAT for non-BETA Members.
For further details and to book you place on one or more of the half day sessions, please click on the following link: forms.gle/RSTaBqP3QoH4NaYt8
Boehringer Ingelheim has created an interactive CPD e-learning programme on farm-animal parasitology, called the Men in Blue.
The Men in Blue have a mission to help RAMAs learn about the parasites affecting animal health, welfare and productivity, and how to help farmers make the best decisions on treating their animals.
Missions include a one on parasites, productivity and profitability; the second mission focuses on lungworm; with further ones on liver fluke and other parasitology topics.
The Men in Blue missions can be accessed through the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Resource Hub, at boehringer-ingelheim-resourcehub.co.uk/
Ceva offer online CPD focused on the latest information to enhance animal health and beaviour knowledged. Simply register with your AMTRA number to access the current canine and feline behaviour modules worth a total of 8 AMTRA points at www.cevacpd.co.uk.
Veterinary Medicines CPD from Veterinary Prescriber. Succinct e-modules on companion-animal medicines from an independent source, aimed at helping you develop confident product knowledge and give pet owners the best advice. Each module is worth 2 AMTRA points. Subscribe for £7.50 per month for access to the full library of modules and a new one every month. cpd.veterinaryprescriber.org
Beaphar have a range of companion-animal accredited CPD, from dental hygiene through flea, tick and worming control, to aquatics. Visit www.beaphar.co.uk then click on 'Training Zone' in the top right and either login or set up an account.
Equestrian Trade News magazine offers CPD articles and quizzes in most editions - some of the previous CPD is available on their website.www.equestriantradenews.com/about-amtra-cpd/
NADIS - for farm-animal RAMAs. Their valuable monthly parasite forecast and disease bulletin can earn you 3 points each month. Do all 12 and NADIS will award you a "level 3 certificate in parasite control", demonstrating all-round knowledge of parasite control. webinars.nadis.org.uk/distributors/amtra.aspx
A growing range of interactive online CPD, including a module on liver fluke hosted by Philip Skuce of Moredun who is an expert in this area, earning 8 CPD points. Register now at bimeda-learning.co.uk