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. Those wanting to become an R-SQP or 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 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 may also wish to contact Sally Harmer Animal Health Consultancy – details at the bottom of this page.

Training course and exam centres currently available

  • Askham Bryan College, YORK & PENRITH
  • British Equestrian Trade Association, WARWICKSHIRE
  • Bicton College, DEVON
  • 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

ASKHAM BRYAN COLLEGE, YORK

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses available (exam timetable 1):12 & 13 December 2018 Wednesday 21 November 2018
No courses available (exam timetable 1):17 & 18 April 2019 Wednesday 27 March 2019
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 module:25 February 2019
Companion module:26 February 2019
Equine module:26 February 2019
Farm module: 27 & 28 Feb.2019

 

Revision classes prior to exams
Base, Equine & Companion modules all           on 16 April 2019
Farm module on 17 April 2019

(exam timetable 1):29 & 30 April 2019 Monday 8 April 2019
Base module:3 September 2019
Companion module:4 September 2019
Equine module:4 September 2019
Farm module: 5 & 6 September 2019

 

Revision classes prior to exams
Base, Equine & Companion modules all          on 8 October 2019
Farm module on 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: Sarah Wickham, Askham Bryan College, York, YO23 3FR
Email: [email protected]
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:
5 & 6 February 2019 (exam timetable 2): 19 February 2019 Tuesday 29 January 2019
21 & 22 May 2019 (exam timetable 2): 4 June 2019 Tuesday 14 May 2019
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

Exams include Resits, Vivas, Base, Equine, Companion & Avian modules – Farm module not included
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

BICTON COLLEGE, DEVON

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses available No exam dates confirmed  

For further details of costs and to book training or revision courses
Contact: Bicton College, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BY
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0800 7317594

 

******** BURNLEY COLLEGE, LANCASHIRE  ********   NEW ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No further dates at confirmed No further dates at confirmed

For further details of costs and to book training courses
Contact: Rebecca Lindley, Head of Health and Social Development, Burnley College, BB12 0AN
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01282 733350

 

********  COLEG SIR GAR, CARMARTHENSHIRE  ********   NEW ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college direct for course details (exam timetable 1): 7 & 8 May 2019 Tuesday 16 April 2019
Contact college direct for course details (exam timetable 1): 9 & 10 October 2019 Wednesday 30th October 2019

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 module: 29 to 31 October 2018
Farm module: 5 & 6 Nov. 2018
Equine module: 12 Nov. 2018
Companion module: 13 Nov. 2018
(exam timetable 1): 13 & 14 February 2019 Wednesday 23 January 2019
No courses available (exam timetable 1): 3 & 4 July 2019 Wednesday 12 June 2019

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 module: 7 to 9 January 2019
Farm module: 9 to 11 January 2019
Companion module: 26 Feb. 2019
Equine module: 27 February 2019
(exam timetable 1): 28 Feb. & 1 March 2019 Thursday 7 February 2019
Base module: 1 to 3 April 2019
Farm module: 3 to 5 April 2019
Companion module: 16 July 2019
Equine module: 17 July 2019
(exam timetable 1): 18 & 19 July 2019 Thursday 26 June 2019
Base module: 15  to 17 July 2019
Farm module: 17  to 19 July 2019
Companion module: 10 Sept. 2019
Equine module: 11 Sept. 2019
(exam timetable 1): 12 & 13 September 2019 Thursday 22 August 2019
Base module: 9  to 11 Sept. 2019
Farm module: 11  to 13 Sept. 2019
Companion module: 5 Nov. 2019
Equine module: 6 Nov. 2019
(exam timetable 1): 7 & 8 November 2019 Thursday 17 October 2019

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:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 2): 22 February 2019 Friday 1 February 2019
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 2): 29 May 2019 Wednesday 8 May 2019
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 2): 2 August 2019 Friday 12 July 2019
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 2): 21 October 2019 Monday 30 September 2019

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, 78 – 82 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1SS – New address from 9th April 2018
Email: [email protected]
Website:  www.myftraining.com
Telephone: 01252 319636

 

*******    ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, CIRENCESTER *** NEW ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact university for course details No further examination dates confirmed

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 training courses available (exam timetable 1 ): 4 & 5 April 2019 Wednesday 20 March 2019

 

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

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No training courses available
Exams due to take place in October 2019 – tbc


For further details of courses and costs
Contact: Debbie Wardrop, Training Administrator, Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries, DG1 3NE
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01387 242918

WRITTLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CHELMSFORD

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base module: 7 to 9 January 2019
Companion module: 10 January 2019
Equine module: 11 January 2019
Places still available for course dates, phone college for info.
(exam timetable 1): 16 & 17 January 2019 Tuesday 18 December 2018
Base module: 1 to 3 July 2019
Companion module: 4 July 2019
Equine module: 5 July 2019
(exam timetable 1): 10 & 11 July 2019 Wednesday 19 June 2019

For further information of costs and to book courses
Contact: Michelle Williams, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR
Email:  [email protected]
Tel: 01245 424200 extn 25665
Direct Dial: 01245 424287
Fax 01245 420456

SALLY HARMER ANIMAL HEALTH CONSULTANCY, NATIONWIDE

9 January 2019 Part 2 – Base, Equine & Companion in East Anglia
10 January 2019 Part 2 – Farm in East Anglia

5 to 8 March 2019 Part 1 – Day 1 Base, Day 2 Equine & Companion, Day 3 & 4 Farm in Glasgow area
26 March 2019 Part 2 – Day 1 Base, Equine & Companion in Glasgow area
27 March 2019 Part 2 – Day 2 Farm in Glasgow area

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