SQP Examination Centres and Taught Courses

Current AMTRA Examination centres also offering training courses are listed below, with the timetable of courses and examinations currently on offer. Further exam dates and optional training courses will be added to this list as they become available. Check the AMTRA website for the most up to date information.

If you’re looking for information about the “CPD exam” for those without enough CPD points, please see the CPD page.

Please also read “Becoming an SQP: book an exam” for more information on exams.

Exam bookings must be received by AMTRA an absolute minimum of 3 weeks prior to the exam date. Some exams fill up well in advance.

Please note that all exams are subject to minimum numbers: we regret that very occasionally it may be necessary to cancel an exam if insufficient people book for a particular date.

The exam booking form can be found inside the front cover of your training manual, or on the “Becoming an SQP: book an exam” page.

Please note: exam centres are suitable for access by wheelchair or by others with mobility difficulties, but if this is likely to be relevant to you, please contact Harper Adams University before your exam.

 Exam timetables and available modules at each centre

The exams at each of the exam centres are timetabled in two ways, which may influence which modules you can sit:

  • Exam timetable 1 is over two days: written exams are on the first afternoon and the second morning. The viva (oral) exams are in the afternoon of the second day. All modules including re-sits and upgrades are available at such venues.
  • Exam timetable 2 is a longer single day starting at 9am, with the Base, Equine and Companion modules normally to be sat. Those wanting to become an R-SQP cannot sit all of their modules at such venues. Re-sits and any other mixture of any modules (including the farm animal module) are available but subject to a 5-hour maximum.

PLEASE NOTE that if no training course and/or exam is currently scheduled at a centre, then we hope to be able to announce a date at some point, but cannot guarantee that there will be a future date at that location. Training courses in particular are organised by the colleges and partly driven by demand, so if you want to do a training course at a particular place, please contact them and let them know.

Training course and exam centres currently available

  • Askham Bryan College, YORK & PENRITH
  • British Equestrian Trade Association, WARWICKSHIRE
  • Bicton College, DEVON
  • Greenmount Campus, CO. ANTRIM
  • Harper Adams University, SHROPSHIRE
  • MYF Training, HAMPSHIRE
  • SRUC, WEST LOTHIAN
  • University of LINCOLN
  • Writtle College, ESSEX

ASKHAM BRYAN COLLEGE, YORK

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information 3rd & 4th August 2017 – Exam modules are not being held on usual set days, contact Harper or AMTRA if you require further information. Friday 14th July 2017

Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

Training course dates:  Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1): none currently scheduled

 

For details of training course costs for Askham Bryan College and Newton Rigg College
Contact: Sarah Wickham, Askham Bryan College, York, YO23 3FR
Email: sarah.wickham@askham-bryan.ac.uk
Telephone: 01904 772343

BETA – British Equestrian Trade Association

Training courses to be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire:

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
18th & 19th July 2017 (exam timetable 2): 2nd August 2017 Wednesday 12th July 2017
13th & 14th September 2017 (exam timetable 2): 26th September 2017 Tuesday 5th September 2017
7th & 8th November 2017 (exam timetable 2): 21st November 2017 Tuesday 31st October 2017

Exams include Resits, Vivas, Base, Equine, Companion & Avian modules – Farm module not included
All examinations take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Courses cost £205+VAT for BETA members, or £250+VAT for non-members.

For further details of courses
Contact: Laura Clegg, BETA, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AW
Email: laurac@beta-int.com
Telephone: 01937 587062

BICTON COLLEGE, DEVON

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base module: 30th May to 1st June 2017
Companion module: 2nd June 2017
Farm module: 5th and 6th June 2017
Equine module: 7th June 2017
(exam timetable 1):3rd & 4th July 2017 Monday 12th June 2017

For further details of costs and to book training or revision courses
Contact: Chris Godolphin, Bicton College, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BY
Email: chris.godolphin@duchy.ac.uk
Telephone: 01395 562403 (Ext. 7403) or 07909 533411

GREENMOUNT CAMPUS, CO. ANTRIM

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1): 5th & 6th July 2017 Wednesday 14th June 2017

For further details of costs and to book training courses contact Colin Alexander
Short Course Manager, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise, Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim, BT41 4PS
Email: colin.alexander@dardni.gov.uk
Telephone: 028 9442 6736

HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY, SHROPSHIRE

Training course dates Exam dates Booking deadline dates
Base module: 3rd to 5th April 2017 FULL
Farm module: 6th & 7th April 2017 FULL
Companion module: 11th July 2017
Equine module: 12th July 2017
(exam timetable 1): 13th & 14th July 2017 Thursday 22nd June 2017
Base module: 3rd & 4th July 2017
Farm module: 6th & 7th July 2017
Companion module: 5th September 2017
Equine module: 6th September 2017
(exam timetable 1): 7th & 8th September 2017 Thursday 17th August 2017
Base module: 11th to 13th September 2017
Farm module: 14th & 15th September 2017
Companion module: 12th September 2017
Equine module: 13th September 2017
(exam timetable 1): 14th & 15th December 2017 Thursday 23rd November 2017

For further details of costs and to book training courses
Contact: Caroline Thacker, Short Course Office, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
Email: shortcourses@harper-adams.ac.uk
Telephone: 01952 815300

MYF TRAINING, HAMPSHIRE

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 2):1st June 2017 Thursday 11th May 2017
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 2):20th October 2017 Friday 29th September 2017

A one-day revision course aimed at Veterinary Nurses is available before each exam date.
Exams include Resits, Vivas, Base, Equine, Companion & Avian modules – Farm module not included.

For further details of costs & to book training courses
Contact: Julie Ouston, MYF Training, Hippodrome House, Station Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1LZ
Email: info@myftraining.com
Website:  www.myftraining.com
Telephone: 01252 319636

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College)

SRUC – Oatridge Campus, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1): 21-22 September 2017 Thursday 31st August 2017


For further details of courses and costs
Contact: Debbie Wardrop, Training Administrator, Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries, DG1 3NE
Email: baronytrainingservices@sruc.ac.uk
Telephone: 01387 242918

UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 2): none currently scheduled

For further details of courses and costs
Contact Simon Goodger, University of Lincoln, LN2 2LG
Email: sgoodger@lincoln.ac.uk
Telephone: 01522 835295

WRITTLE COLLEGE, CHELMSFORD

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Farm module: 15th & 16th May 2017
Base module: 10th to 12th July 2017
Equine module: 17th July 2017
Companion module: 18th July 2017
(exam timetable 1):19th & 20th July 2017 Wednesday 28th June 2017

For further information of costs and to book courses
Contact: Susan German, Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR
Email: susan.german@writtle.ac.uk
Tel: 01245 424200 extn 25697
Direct Dial: 01245 421782
Fax 01245 420456