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:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1):8 & 9 August 2018 Wednesday 18 July 2018
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1):12 & 13 December 2018 Wednesday 21 November 2018

Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

Training course dates:  Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1):14 & 15 November 2018  Wednesday 24 October 2018

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:
20 June 2018   –   For one day only – Avian module training / or use to count towards CPD
17 & 18 July 2018 (exam timetable 2): 1 August 2018 FULL Wednesday 11 July 2018
4 & 5 September 2018 (exam timetable 2): 25 September 2018 Tuesday 4 September 2018
6 & 7 November 2018 (exam timetable 2): 21 November 2018 Wednesday 31 October 2018

Exams include Resits, Vivas, Base, Equine, Companion & Avian modules – Farm module not included
All examinations take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Courses cost £215+VAT for BETA members, or £270+VAT for non-members.

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

BICTON COLLEGE, DEVON

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
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: Bicton College, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BY
Email: rbs@duchy.ac.uk
Telephone: 0800 7317594

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

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Course dates – to be confirmed (exam timetable 1): 19 & 20 July 2018 Wednesday 28 June 2018

For further details of costs and to book training courses
Contact: Rebecca Lindley, Head of Health and Social Development, Burnley College, BB12 0AN
Email: R.Lindley@burnley.ac.uk
Tel: 01282 733350

 

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

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No courses at present (exam timetable 1): 4 & 5 October 2018 Thursday 13 September 2018

Contact:  Sarah Roberts, Gelli Aur Campus, Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8NJ
Email: sarah.roberts@colegsirgar.ac.uk
Tel: 01554 748578

 

GREENMOUNT CAMPUS, CO. ANTRIM

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
No course available prior to exams (exam timetable 1): 4 & 5 July 2018 Thursday 14 June 2018
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 course available prior to exams (exam timetable 1): 3 & 4 July 2019 Wednesday 12 June 2019

For further details of costs and to book training courses contact Andrew Murray, Short Course Manager
Greenmount College, 45 Tirgracy Road, Muckamore, Antrim, BT41 4PS
Email: mail to: Andrew.Murray@daera-ni.gov.uk
Telephone: 028 9442 6820 (ext 64820)

HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY, SHROPSHIRE

Training course dates Exam dates Booking deadline dates
Base module: 16 to 18 April 2018
Farm module: 18 to 20 April 2018
Companion module: 10 July 2018
Equine module: 11 July 2018
(exam timetable 1): 12 & 13 July 2018 FULL Friday 22 June 2018
Base module: 9 to 11 July 2018
Farm module: 11 to 13 July 2018
Companion module: 4 Sept. 2018
Equine module:5 September 2018
(exam timetable 1): 6 & 7 September 2018 Wednesday 15 August 2018
Base module: 10 to 12 Sept. 2018
Farm module: 12 to 14 Sept. 2018
Companion module: 6 Nov. 2018
Equine module: 7 Nov. 2018
(exam timetable 1): 8 & 9 November 2018 Thursday 18 October 2018

For further details of costs and to book training courses
Contact: Jeanette Forrester, Short Course Office, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
Email: scco@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): 25 October 2018 Thursday 4 October 2018
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: info@myftraining.com
Website:  www.myftraining.com
Telephone: 01252 319636

 

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

 

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Equine: 06 July 2018
Base module: 09-10 July 2018
Companion module: 13 July 2018
Farm module: 19-20 July 2018
(exam timetable 1): 23 & 24 October 2018 Monday 1 October 2018

For further details of courses and costs
Contact: Mr Navaratnam Partheeban, Rural Innovation Centre (RAU), Manor Farm, Harnhill, Cirencester, GL7 5PU
Email: RSC@rau.ac.uk
Telephone: 01285 851830

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): 26 & 27 June 2018 Wednesday 5 June 2018

 

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

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Contact college for further information (exam timetable 1): 18 & 19 October 2018 Friday 27 September 2018


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

 

WRITTLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CHELMSFORD

Training course dates: Exam dates: Booking deadline dates:
Base module: 2 to 4 July 2018
Farm module: No longer providing
Equine module: 9 July 2018
Companion module: 10 July 2018
(exam timetable 1): 11 & 12 July 2018 Wednesday 20 June 2018
Base module: 7 to 9 January 2019
Companion module: 10 January 2019
Equine module: 11 January 2019
(exam timetable 1): 16 & 17 January 2019 Tuesday 18 December 2018

For further information of costs and to book courses
Contact: Michelle Williams, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR
Email:  michelle.williams@writtle.ac.uk
Tel: 01245 424200 extn 25665
Direct Dial: 01245 424287
Fax 01245 420456

SALLY HARMER ANIMAL HEALTH CONSULTANCY, NATIONWIDE

20 & 21 August 2018 training sessions Base, Companion & Equine being held in Carmarthen area 
3 & 4 September 2018 training sessions Farm module being held in Carmarthen area
24 & 25 September 2018 revision sessions being held in Carmarthen area

10 July 2018 revision session of Base, Companion and Equine being held in Preston area
11 July 2018 revision session of Farm module being held in Preston 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 sallyharmer@hotmail.com
www.animal-health-excellence.co.uk