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.

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
  • Greenmount Campus, CO. ANTRIM
  • Harper Adams University, SHROPSHIRE
  • MYF Training, HAMPSHIRE
  • SRUC, WEST LOTHIAN
  • University of LINCOLN
  • Writtle University College, ESSEX
  • Sally Harmer Animal Health Consultancy, Nationwide

ASKHAM BRYAN COLLEGE, YORK

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1):14 & 15 December 2017 Thursday 23 November 2017

Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

Training course dates:  Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1): 17 & 18 October 2017 Tuesday 26 September 2017

 

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:
13 & 14 September 2017 (exam timetable 2): 26 September 2017            EXAM FULL – no further bookings Tuesday 5 September 2017
7 & 8 November 2017 (exam timetable 2): 21 November 2017
EXAM FULL – no further bookings
Tuesday 31 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 £210+VAT for BETA members, or £260+VAT for non-members.

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

BICTON COLLEGE, DEVON

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base mod: 23 to 25 October 2017
Companion mod: 26 October 2017
Equine module: 27 October 2017
Farm module: 30 & 31 Oct 2017
(exam timetable 1): 4 & 5 Dec. 2017 Monday 13 November 2017
Course dates coming soon (exam timetable 1): 2 & 3 July 2018 Monday 11 June 2018

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)

GREENMOUNT CAMPUS, CO. ANTRIM

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base module: 30 Oct to 1 Nov 2017
Farm module: 6 & 7 November 2017
Equine module: 13 November 2017
Companion mod: 14 November 2017
(exam timetable 1): 14 & 15 February 2018 Wednesday 24 January 2018
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1): 4 & 5 July 2018 Thursday 14 June 2018

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: 3 & 4 July 2017
Farm module: 6 & 7 July 2017
Companion module: 5 Sept 2017
Equine module: 6 Sept 2017
(exam timetable 1): 7 & 8 September 2017

Examination full, no further bookings

Thursday 17 August 2017
Base module: 11 to 13 Sept 2017
Farm module: 14 & 15 Sept 2017
Companion mod: 12 Sept 2017
Equine module: 13 Sept 2017
(exam timetable 1): 18 & 19 December 2017 Tuesday 28 November 2017
Base module: 8 to 10 January 2018
Farm module: 10 to 12 January 2018
Comp. module: 20 February 2018
Equine module: 21 February 2018
(exam timetable 1): 22 & 23 February 2018 Thursday 1 February 2018
Base module: 16 to 18 April 2018
Farm module: 18 to 20 April 2018
Companion module: 11 July 2018
Equine module: 12 July 2018
(exam timetable 1): 12 & 13 July 2018 Friday 22 June 2018

For further details of costs and to book training courses
Contact: 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): 20 October 2017 Friday 29 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 31 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 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 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CHELMSFORD

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information None currently scheduled

For further information of costs and to book courses
Contact: Emma Fredericks, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR
Email: emma.fredericks@writtle.ac.uk
Tel: 01245 424200 extn 25697
Direct Dial: 01245 421782
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.

Sally Harmer Animal Health Consultancy
Tel. 07850 355971 or email sallyharmer@hotmail.com
www.animal-health-excellence.co.uk