AMTRA RAMA (SQP) exams

A list of forthcoming exam dates is available on the AMTRA website. At the time of writing, December 2020, all exams (written and oral) are carried out online, but we may return to offering the choice of face-to-face exams at some point in the future.

Your exam booking form is enclosed with your training manual, inside the front pocket. Further copies can be downloaded from the AMTRA website (form reference A03).

Booking a place on a training course is NOT the same as booking a place at the exam. You must always send AMTRA an exam booking form if you intend to sit the exam, regardless of where you are planning to take the exam (or whether you’ve separately booked a training course).

 

Written exams must be booked with AMTRA an absolute minimum of three weeks before the batch of exam modules takes place[1]. As an exception, the viva (oral) exam may be booked up to 6 working days before the exam.

 

AMTRA will acknowledge receipt of your exam booking form by email. If you do not receive this within a week of submitting your exam form (or less if you are submitting very close to the three-week deadline), please telephone AMTRA.

 

Your first exam attempt must be taken within 24 months of enrolling with AMTRA (otherwise AMTRA will charge a supplementary fee). You must have enrolled with AMTRA first before booking your exam – booking a training course with a college is not the same as booking the exam with AMTRA.

Please note the viva exams, and pen-and-paper written exams if we return to them, may become fully booked. AMTRA will make reasonable efforts to hold all exams, but reserves the right to cancel an exam at its sole discretion.

The examination fee for your first attempt at the written exams and the viva is included in your original enrolment fee[2].

What you need to pass to become an AMTRA RAMA

Most candidates are examined separately in the Base Module together with whichever species modules you have chosen:

  • The Farm Animal Module
  • The Equine Module
  • The Companion Animal Module
  • The Avian Module

To become an AMTRA RAMA you must pass the Base module, at least one species module, and the viva (oral exam).

Alternatively, Registered Veterinary Nurses are required to take just one written exam:

  • The Veterinary Nurse module

The Veterinary Nurse module effectively replaces the standard Base and Companion Animal modules, but RVNs may also enrol for the Farm Animal, Equine, or Avian modules if appropriate to their needs.

Those qualifying via the Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programme or the Companion Animal Life Care course will have their own series of exams – details from Harper Adams University.

To count towards the AMTRA RAMA qualification, the viva must be passed not more than 24 months before the written exams, so if written exams are passed a long time after the viva (for instance after re-sits), then AMTRA will require a fresh viva (at the normal re-sit cost) before considering you for registration as an RAMA.

Additionally, if you pass one or more written modules but fail overall to qualify as a RAMA, then any pass in the Farm Animal module will cease to be considered valid after 24 months if you don’t qualify in the meantime, and other written modules after 60 months, and these would then have to be re-sat.

Furthermore, if you fail all your written modules, AMTRA will normally require you to take a fresh viva (at the normal re-sit cost).

 

The written exam

Before sitting the written exam, please study the section of this document AMTRA Examinations: Things you need to know which incorporates the Rules & Regulations for AMTRA Exams. Also please check the rules on Entry to AMTRA SQP Examinations (in this manual attached to the exam booking form, and on the AMTRA website) – you will need approved photo ID.

 

No marks are given to answers which contain advice or actions not compatible with the law, the SQP Code of Practice, or with data sheet recommendations (e.g. supplying a wormer contraindicated in pregnancy to a female animal without checking if it could be pregnant or even checking its gender, or supplying a sheep wormer for use in goats).

 

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.

 

There is no negative marking in any of the written papers – it used to be the case that for some of the multiple-choice questions, an incorrect answer was awarded minus one mark: that is no longer the case.

 

[1] So for a set of exams that starts on a Monday, the exam booking form must be received by AMTRA by 9am on the Monday three weeks earlier (even if you are booking for a module taking place on the second day of the set of exams), or if that day is a public holiday then by 9am on the working day that precedes that day. The booking deadline for each set of exams is shown on the AMTRA website.

[2] Your enrolment fee includes your exam fees for your first attempt: for face-to-face exams only (not online exams), then additional fees are charged if you spread your first attempts at the various modules over multiple exam dates. In all cases additional fees are charged for second and subsequent attempts.