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 exam page.

Note that AMTRA cannot offer any assurances as to the quality or appropriateness of the training offered by any of the providers listed on this page: candidate SQPs should make their own checks. AMTRA welcomes feedback on the training providers, and reserves the right to remove a training provider from this page. Organisations wishing to be listed here should contact the AMTRA Secretary General.

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. Because the written exams all take place in the morning, there is a practical time limit which limits the possible modules that can be sat – those wanting to become an R-SQP or an EA-SQP cannot sit all of their modules at such venues. Re-sits and other mixtures of modules (including the farm animal module) are available but subject to a time restriction: please contact AMTRA to discuss if in any doubt.

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.

Individuals or businesses interested in training at other locations may also wish to contact Sally Harmer or Gill Williams – details at the bottom of this page.

Training course and exam centres currently available

  • Askham Bryan College, YORK & PENRITH
  • British Equestrian Trade Association, WARWICKSHIRE
  • Burnley College, LANCASHIRE
  • Coleg Sir Gar, CARMARTHEN
  • Greenmount Campus, CO. ANTRIM
  • Harper Adams University, SHROPSHIRE
  • MYF Training, HAMPSHIRE
  • Royal Agricultural University, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
  • SRUC, WEST LOTHIAN
  • SRUC, ABERDEEN
  • Writtle University College, ESSEX
  • Sally Harmer Animal Health Consultancy, Nationwide
  • Gill Williams, Centre of Canine Excellence, Nationwide

Bicton College in Devon used to host AMTRA-associated training courses and AMTRA SQP exams. Despite AMTRA’s best efforts, Bicton College have failed to respond to AMTRA communications on countless occasions, therefore no exams will be held there for the foreseeable future. Any SQP training/revision courses conducted by Bicton College are without the cooperation of AMTRA, and will need to be followed with examinations elsewhere. We regret this reduction in choice for those in SW England looking to become AMTRA SQPs: we may develop other options in future but we suggest that candidate SQPs look to the options currently listed on this page.

ASKHAM BRYAN COLLEGE, YORK

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses available (exam timetable 1):21 & 22 August 2019 Wednesday 31 July 2019


Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

Training course dates:  Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base: 3 September 2019
Companion: 4 September 2019
Equine: 4 September 2019
Farm: 5 & 6 September 2019Revision classes prior to exams:
Base, Equine & Companion: all on 8 October 2019
Farm: 9 October 2019
(exam timetable 1):24 & 25 October 2019 Thursday 3 October 2019

For details of training course costs for Askham Bryan College and Newton Rigg College
Contact: Katharine Jane, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, CA11 0AH
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01768 893400

 

BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association), STONELEIGH PARK, WARWICKSHIRE

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
9 & 10 July 2019 (exam timetable 2): 23 July 2019 Tuesday 2 July 2019
17 & 18 September 2019 (exam timetable 2): 1 October 2019 Tuesday 10 September 2019
12 & 13 November 2019 (exam timetable 2): 26 November 2019 Tuesday 5 November 2019

Please read the note above on the limits of which modules can be sat in exam timetable 2.

All examinations take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Courses cost £219+VAT for BETA members, or £275+VAT for non-members.

For further details of courses
Contact: Tina Hustler, BETA, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AW
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01937 587062

 

BURNLEY COLLEGE, LANCASHIRE  

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base & Companion: 21 to 24  October 2019 (exam timetable 2): 25 October 2019 Friday 4 October 2019

Please read the note above on the limits of which modules can be sat in exam timetable 2.

For further details of costs and to book training courses contact:
Grace Warburton, Business Solutions, Themis at Burnley College, BB12 0AN
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01282 733005 or Direct Dial: 01282 733060

 

COLEG SIR GAR, CARMARTHENSHIRE  

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses provided (exam timetable 1): 9 & 10 October 2019 Wednesday 30th October 2019

Please read the note above on the limits of which modules can be sat in exam timetable 2

Contact:  Sarah Roberts, Gelli Aur Campus, Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8NJ
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01554 748578

 

GREENMOUNT CAMPUS, CO. ANTRIM

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base: 14 & 15 October 2019
also 21 October 2019
Farm: 28 & 29 October 2019
Equine: 4 November 2019
Companion: 5 November 2019
Avian: 11 & 12 November 2019
(exam timetable 1): 12 & 13 February 2020 Wednesday 22 January 2020
No courses available (exam timetable 1):  1 & 2 July 2020 Wednesday 10 June 2020

For further details of costs and to book training courses contact Steven Wallace, Short Course Manager
Greenmount College, 45 Tirgracy Road, Muckamore, Antrim, BT41 4PS
Email: mail to: [email protected]
Telephone: 028 9442 6935 (ext 64935)

 

HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY, SHROPSHIRE

Training course dates Exam dates Booking deadline dates
Base: 15  to 17 July 2019
Farm: 17  to 19 July 2019
Companion: 10 Sept. 2019
Equine: 11 Sept. 2019
(exam timetable 1): 12 & 13 September 2019 Thursday 22 August 2019
Base: 9  to 11 Sept. 2019
Farm: 11  to 13 Sept. 2019
Companion: 5 Nov. 2019
Equine: 6 Nov. 2019
(exam timetable 1): 7 & 8 November 2019 Thursday 17 October 2019
Base: 6  to 8 January 2020
Farm: 8 to 10 January  2020
Companion: 25 February 2020
Equine: 26 February 2020
(exam timetable 1): 27 & 28 February 2020 Thursday 6 February 2020
Base: 30 March to 1 April 2020
Farm: 1 to 3 April 2020
Companion: 14 July 2020
Equine: 15 July 2020
(exam timetable 1): 16 & 17 July 2020 Thursday 25 June 2020

For further details of costs and to book training courses
Contact: Jeanette Forrester, Short Course Office, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01952 815300

 

MYF TRAINING, HAMPSHIRE

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses provided (exam timetable 2): 2 August 2019 Friday 12 July 2019
No courses provided (exam timetable 2): 21 October 2019 Monday 30 September 2019
No courses provided (exam timetable 2): 16 December 2019 Monday 25 November 2019
No courses provided (exam timetable 2): 19 February 2020 Wednesday 29 January 2020
No courses provided (exam timetable 2): 27 May 2020 Wednesday 6 May 2020
No courses provided (exam timetable 2): 19 August 2020 Wednesday 29 July 2020

Please read the note above on the limits of which modules can be sat in exam timetable 2.

Contact: Julie Ouston, MYF Training, 78 – 82 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1SS
Email: [email protected]
Website:  www.myftraining.com
Telephone: 01252 319636

 

ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, CIRENCESTER

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No future courses arranged yet No new dates arranged yet

For further details of courses and costs
Contact: Mr Navaratnam Partheeban, Rural Innovation Centre (RAU), Manor Farm, Harnhill, Cirencester, GL7 5PU
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01285 851830

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College)

SRUC – Oatridge Campus, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses provided (exam timetable 1 ): 30 & 31 March 2020 Monday 9 March 2020

 

SRUC – Aberdeen Campus, Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen, AB21 9YA

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses provided
(exam timetable 1 ): 17 & 18 October 2019 Thursday 26 September 2019

For further details of courses and costs
Contact: Sandra Sey, Training Administrator, SRUC, Elmwood Campus, Carslogie Road, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4JB
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01334 658868

 

WRITTLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CHELMSFORD

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses provided (exam timetable 1): 30 & 31 October 2019 Wednesday 9 October 2019
No courses provided (exam timetable 1): 18 & 19 March 2020 Wednesday 26 February 2020

Contact: Michelle Williams, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR
Email:  [email protected]
Tel: 01245 424200 Ext 25665
Direct Dial: 01245 424287
Fax 01245 420456

SALLY HARMER ANIMAL HEALTH CONSULTANCY, NATIONWIDE

Individuals or businesses interested in training courses supporting SQP qualification may also wish to contact Sally Harmer, who is able to provide bespoke training courses throughout the country.

Sally Harmer Animal Health Consultancy
Tel. 07850 355971 or email [email protected]
www.animal-health-excellence.co.uk

GILL WILLIAMS CONSULTANCY, NATIONWIDE

Offering individuals and businesses pre-exam training supporting the C-SQP qualification. Gill is available to provide courses throughout the UK at a location of your choice to fit in with existing AMTRA examination dates.

Also available C-SQP training via online webinars from the comfort of your own home at a time to suit you (both live and pre-recorded webinars available).

Gill Williams, Centre of Canine Excellence
Call or email for more information : 07397 899381 or   [email protected]